At 03:55 Bethlehem City 9-1-1 Center started receiving calls for smoke in the area of the 200 block of West Fairview Street sending Engines 6, 9, 5, Ladder 2 and Truck 2. As companies are investigating, Police report a haze in the area of Rt. 378 and another call reporting smoke on Rt. 378.
Truck 2 goes to the west side of Route 378 where the smoke is heavier. At 04:01, Bethlehem dispatchers send Engine 7 and Ladder 1 to 702 Main Street for the alarm system with a strange odor. 405 is reporting a large blanket of smoke in this part of the city and advises the alarm call is probably related.
The dispatch center checked with surrounding communities for fires. Chief 405 requested a wind check and the airport said winds were calm. All companies continue to investigate as of 04:05.
At 04:07 Engine 6 finds and reports a commercial building fire in the 1100 block of Mauch Chunk Road.
Truck 2 (405) goes on scene reporting smoke from the roof of a metal fabricating shop, a 2-story 100x400 building. At 4:12 he strikes the 2nd alarm as conditions rapidly deteriorate.
The 3rd alarm is struck sending the last engine available in the city, Engine 3, to the fire scene. Tower Ladder 2 positions in a parking lot on the "Bravo" side of the building. Ladder 1 is positioned in the street in front of the building. A hand line is stretched into the building but shortly after, 405 evacuates the building as fire conditions worsen.
Multiple ground monitors and aerial streams are in operation. Allentown's Ladder 2 is special-called to the fire scene as a 3rd ladder pipe is needed.
The fire burns out of control for several hours. The smoke drifted into the city of Allentown. By 09:00, the fire was darkened down.
A fast moving fire killed a man in his home at 286 Hudson Street in New Jersey. The fire was called in via 911 around 22:30 Saturday night. Firefighters were met with a large volume of fire on arrival. EMS was told to proceed to the scene as firefighters found 1 victim in the house.
Phillipsburg F.D. tower ladder was set-up in front of the building. Multiple hydrants in the neighborhood were used for a water supply. The fire is under investigation.
At 17:39 Northampton County fire dispatched Northampton Boro Station 42, 43, 46 and Rescue 1541 (F.A.S.T.) and EMS 49 to 851 Main Street on a report of a house fire across from that address. Dispatch immediately alerted all companies of a working fire.
On arrival, Chief 42-52 found fire venting from the roof of the 3-story duplex and signaled a working fire with an address of 840 Main Street. The 1st alarm was then filled out sending additional companies. Engine 42-12 arrived and brought water to the fire from a hydrant on Main Street just north of East 9th Street. Tower Ladder 46 positioned in front of the building and put their bucket in-service with the master stream to make a quick hit on the fire. Ladder 43 (North Catasauqua) also positioned in front of the fire building and put the stick up to the roof of the exposure (side 2) when they arrived at 17:47.
The tower ladder darkened down the bulk of the fire for the interior crew to gain access to the 3rd floor where they used a hand line to hit the rest of the fire.
Crews worked for an hour to bring the fire under control. Most of the damage was contained to the attic and roof of the original fire building.
Red Cross was notified to assist 6 people that were displaced by the fire.
Coplay Police closed their side of the Coplay / Northampton bridge for the duration of the fire.
Early Wednesday morning Lower Macungie F.D. was dispatched to the 1100 Block of Zola Ct for a reported house fire. First arriving crews had a 2 story home fully involved, crews led off with master streams and heavy line.
The fire burned for about and hour and a half as crews worked to bring it under control in below freezing temperatures. Once under control crews would remain on location for several hours for overhaul and firewatch.
Video, Photos and Story by correspondent Mike Nester.
Allentown box 3122 was transmitted at 16:54 for a report of a house fire located at 219 Chestnut Street sending Engines 6, 4, 9, 13 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh), FM 45.
Engine 6 arrives first and positions on 2nd Street due to the Chestnut Street being to narrow and reports nothing showing. Engine 9 approaches from 3rd Street and takes Chestnut Street. On arrival, crews had nothing showing from the exterior of the 3-story duplex. Members go inside to investigate and find a small fire on the 3rd floor inside the interior wall and call for a hand line. One hand line is stretched from Engine 9. Engine 4 is ordered to stand-by at a hydrant.
Crews open up the wall and extinguish the small fire. Other members are in the exposure checking for extension and found no fire on the other side of the duplex. Within 15 minutes, companies start picking up and return to quarters.
The Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.
On Thursday afternoon crews from Lower Saucon were dispatched to the 3700 Blk of Old Philadelphia Pk for a structure fire.
First arriving crews encountered heavy fire and a 2nd then 3rd alarm were requested. Numerous lines were placed in service along with a tower ladder after the evacuation order was given.
Crews battled the fire for several hours and more resources were special requested before bringing the fire under control, cold weather hampered some of their efforts and the fire is now under investigation.
Video, Photos and story by correspondent Mike Nester.
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