At 17:22 Lehigh County received a report of an odor of smoke inside the Perkins Restaurant at 1450 MacArthur Road and sent Stations 36, 37 and Squirt 3 (3831).
Chief 16 (Benner) arrives and reports fire showing from a 1-story restaurant and special-calls station 39. Assistant Chief Monahan adds Catasauqua Ladder 231 to the special-call. Command finds heavy fire in the roof area of the building.
Engine 1 arrives and stretches a hand line into operation. The second due engine, Engine 2 brings a water supply line in from a hydrant on MacArthur Road in front of the Best Buy store.
Squirt 3 positions in front of the building and goes into service with their elevated master stream.
With the fire rapidly extending, command strikes the 2nd alarm. Lehigh County Fire Radio transmits the 2nd alarm at 17:34 sending Whitehall Engine 14, Rescue 5 for the R.I.T., Han-Le-Co Ladder 33 and Air unit 3292.
Engine 11 brings water from a hydrant on Estates Drive and positions on the south side of the building. Ladder 231 positions on the west side of the building and crews go to the roof to ventilate but the roof was compromised so they were ordered off the roof.
The bulk of the fire was darkened down by 18:00 hours and crews remained on the scene overhauling for the next couple of hours. All companies cleared the scene by 20:50.
One firefighter was injured and transported to L.V.H.C. with a minor injury.
Cetronia EMS provided numerous ambulances at the scene.
At 14:15 hours Wednesday, Engines 13, 6, 9, 14 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion Chief 43 were sent on box 3342 for 56 Adams Island on a reported house fire. Battalion 43 could see heavy black smoke as they turned out on Chew Street in Center City.
Engine 13 arrives and signals a fully-involved 2-story dwelling with a report of people trapped. The report was a woman on the second floor in a closet. Firefighters stretched a hand line into operation while members went to the second floor to conduct a search for the female.
A second hand line was stretched to the rear of the dwelling for heavy fire on the exterior. The Battalion Chief ordered the hand lines protect the members on the second floor conducting the search.
As members frantically searched the second floor, 43 arrived and transmitted a second alarm and ordered all members out of the dwelling due to deteriorating conditions. Firefighters made one last attempt searching on the second floor before evacuating. The push paid off, the female was found and was brought down via a ground ladder to Paramedics. Despite the rescue, the female was pronounced dead at the scene.
Once all firefighters were evacuated and accounted for, Ladder 2 set up and used their elevated master stream to darken down the bulk of the fire. Portions of the dwelling collapsed.
Assigned to the second alarm was Engine 4 and Engine 10. Volunteer companies were sent to city firehouses to cover the city in case of another fire. Allentown Battalion 5 was placed in-service to cover calls in the city.
The Fire Marshal's office was on the scene investigating into the night looking for a cause of the fire.
One firefighter received minor burns and was transported to the hospital.
The above video and photos by Mike Nester and the video below is by Jay Wagner.
A fire was reported at 12:38 PM Friday afternoon for 44 Leeman Street in Palmer Township. Companies arrived to find heavy fire in the rear of the house. A propane tank connected to a grill was involved on the back wooden deck that also caught a car on fire parked next to it.
Officials say it appears the fire started in the basement, but the cause is still being investigated. Fire departments from surrounding municipalities were called in to assist Palmer Municipal Fire Department.
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