|November 22, 2015 at 3:45PM
Lower Saucon and Upper Saucon Fire responded to 1392 University Avenue in Lower Saucon for a chimney fire at 11:25 Sunday morning. Chief 18 arrives and reports an active fire in the chimney and request a F.A.S.T. company on the assignment. At 11:35 Northampton County signals Hellertown station 13 for the F.A.S.T.
The fire in the chimney extended into the attic / roof area of the single family dwelling. Portions of the chimney and roof were damaged. Multiple hand lines were in operation. At 11:42 Upper Saucon companies were recalled. No injuries were reported.
Photos by Mike Nester.
|November 22, 2015 at 12:46PM
Just after midnight Sunday morning, South Whitehall Police radioed in an accident at Mauch Chunk Road and Girard Avenue for a vehicle into house. Lehigh County transmitted a rescue assignment to the intersection. Police engaged in a short foot pursuit when some of the occupants of the vehicle fled on foot from the scene. The occupants exited the SUV and ran through the house and exited the back door of the residence.
After the short pursuit, police radioed that they had two subjects down at gun point and had apprehended them.
Speed appears a factor in the accident. Over 100 feet of skid marks were on the road prior to hitting an embankment and going air born. Police are investigating the accident.
Fire command reported no entrapment and had the balance of the rescue box recalled except for Rescue 11. Mauch Chunk Road remained closed in both directions for the duration of the incident.
Photos by Mike Nester.
|November 22, 2015 at 12:24PM
At 21:31 Saturday night, South Whitehall, Western Salisbury and Whitehall were sent to 1252 Saint Michael Street for a reported apartment building fire. Assistant Chief 32-02 (Search) arrives on location and reports a smoke condition on the second floor of the multiple dwelling.
Engine 32 positions in front of the building and establishes a water supply at a hydrant directly in front of the building. A hand line is stretched to the second floor. Tower Ladder 3 (Cetronia) positions on the "Delta" side of the building and 3 ground ladders are set-up in the rear of the building.
Interior crews meanwhile search for the fire and find a small kitchen fire resulting from burnt food on the stove. Numerous cats were rounded up and safely delivered to their owners waiting outside. Crews checked for extension and ventilated the building.
Whitehall Rescue 8 (LC3641) was the designated F.A.S.T. company but were not used.
|November 16, 2015 at 12:39AM
Around 21:40 Sunday evening, a car exploded in the 1300 block of 1st Avenue rocking the entire neighborhood and beyond. Neighbors say a man crawled from the vehicle and transported by ambulance to an area hospital. His condition is unknown.
The blast blew off the rear trunk of the car along with the doors and windows. Witnesses say the car looked as though it fell from the sky.
The Bethlehem Bomb Squad along with Lehigh County Haz-Mat responded to the scene. Officials are investigating the cause of the blast and the possibilities it was a mobile meth lab. One neighbor said he smelled chemicals right after the blast.
25 homes in the area were evacuated and transported by bus to the fire station.
Photo by Newsworking viewer P. Marzella.
|November 14, 2015 at 2:34PM
Just before 10:00AM Saturday morning, Police and EMS were sent to 122 East Union Street for a stabbing. The 9-1-1 caller said that a male came to her door with a stab wound to the back. When police arrived they found a male with a stab wound at the corner of Broad and East Union. Command requested all available police units to respond for a large group of people.
Catasauqua Police were requested to assist in looking for more suspects roaming in the area. Police picked up a male at Washington and Catasauqua Road and brought him back to the scene that was now at 1133 Broad Street. The police had a language barrier and trouble communicating with the people involved in the incident. Lehigh County 9-1-1 center searched for a translator but couldn't find one.
The aided was transported to an area trauma center. The incident is under investigation.
City of Allentown
|November 13, 2015 at 10:14PM
At 13:42 Box 3265 was transmitted for a report of a house fire with people trapped at 412 East Mosser Street sending 4 engines, 1 truck, Car 43, Medics 2, 4 and 100.
Engine 13 arrives and reports a working fire in a 2-story middle-of-row. Dispatch received reports of a child trapped in the basement. Engine 13 stretched a hand line to the front door and was attempting to gain access to the basement for a search when the Battalion Chief told the companies the kid was accounted for outside therefore no need for a search. With fire venting out three windows in the rear, the 2nd alarm was struck.
Engine 13 made a good push to the second floor and darkened down the fire. Engine 4 operated the second hand line in the front door. The third hand line was stretched to the rear to knock down fire on the exterior of the house.
The fire extended to the attic and when members from Truck 2 were on the roof they noticed it getting soft and were ordered off the roof. The firefighters held the fire to the original fire building. Air 1 provided cascade services and filled 25 air cylinders at the scene. \
All photos by Mike Nester.