At 04:53 Lehigh County Radio transmitted a structural fire located at Willow Street and Mauch Chunk Road sending Engines 26, Tankers 26, 22, 16 and Truck 16.
Chief 22-01 was advised of a flames from a barn and multiple calls being received. He arrived on location finding a barn fully involved. He ordered the second alarm struck at 05:02. The Chief was concerned about protecting a van parked next to the building and a residence just west of the fire.
At 05:03 Lehigh County transmitted the second alarm sending a full response from 16, Tankers, 11, 32, 12, Whitehall Rescue 36 (Rescue 8) as the designated F.A.S.T. and EMS 67.
First arriving Engine 26 was ordered to the Mauch Chunk Road side of the structure and they stretched a hand line to the south side and extinguished the van fire. The van was parked next to the building.
When Tanker 32 arrived on the second alarm, they stretched two large hand lines from Engine 26 to the south side of the building.
Tower Ladder 16 positioned on Willow Street and was ordered to put the bucket up and use their elevated master stream. Companies used 6 hand lines, the Tower Ladder, and the deck gun on Engine 26.
The bulk of the fire was darkened down within the hour. Crews remained on the scene for many hours after working on hot spots and overhauling the large building.
Willow Street and Mauch Chunk Road was closed during the duration of the fire.
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New video of Monday's apartment fire in southwest Birmingham shows the dramatic rescue of a man who was trapped in a second-story unit.
The nearly 3-minute-long video, courtesy of Alden Snow, first shows thick, brown smoke billowing from Chalet Apartments on 17th Avenue South before a resident appears climbing out of a window, gasping for air. Seconds later, the man can be seen clinging to the side of the building while firefighters work to place a ladder nearby for him to climb down.
Fortunately, the man was able to make it down to the ground before fire destroyed the apartments, displacing dozens of residents. He was taken to the hospital and later released after being treated for smoke inhalation.
At 21:11, Allentown transmitted rescue box 2253 for 512 North 5th Street on a report of an auto extrication with car into the building sending Battalion 43, Engines 9, 4 and Truck 2.
Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) arrives and finds a car into the porch at 449 North 5th Street near Liberty Street. He doesn't find anyone pinned in the car and has the balance of the box recalled except for Engine 9. Battalion 43 puts Lt. Kutz (9A) in charge and returns to quarters.
Engine 9A request Building Standards to the scene and the board up company. Lt. Kutz and his crew remain on the scene while the tow truck removes the vehicle from the sidewalk. No injuries were reported.
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At 10:20, BOX 4325 was transmitted for a house fire at 541 E. Tioga Street sending Engines 14, 6, 11, 9, Truck 2 and Battalion 43 (Henrick). Engine 14 arrived with 2 firefighters (Short 1 FF) and reported a working fire and people trapped. The Battalion Chief ordered the firefighter to wait for additional firefighters to team up with before going inside the 1-story dwelling to search for the trapped person.
With a confirmed person trapped inside, the firefighter couldn't wait any longer and went inside alone to search for the person. Moments later, he radioed that he is bringing one female out to EMS.
EMS transported the female to the hospital in serious condition. Two hand lines were stretched for a car fire in the basement garage.
The 1st platoon was short on manpower with only 23 Firefighters on the shift today. The manpower on a platoon in previous contracts had 30 firefighters working a shift. Today, 2 Engine companies were short 1 firefighter a piece. The current contract only calls for 25 firefighters per shift.
One firefighter was injured battling this blaze.
This fire is a good example of the importance of having proper staffing levels on each apparatus. When a fire apparatus is under-staffed, it puts a strain on the firefighters, who now have to do numerous jobs and risk injury to themselves or their members.
Most cities the size of Allentown have 4 firefighters on each apparatus. Allentown operates 6 Engines, 1 Quint and 1 Ladder Truck. Previously the department had 10 Engines and 3 Ladder Trucks.
At 19:34 Lehigh County Radio transmitted the box for a structural fire at the Buckeye Tavern, 3741 Brookside Road sending Wescosville Station 30, Macungie Engines 1511, 1512 and EMS 63.
Chief 15-01 signaled a working fire from Tank Farm Road at 19:37. Chief 30 went on location at 19:42 and took command of the fire scene.
As the fire rapidly expanded throughout the second floor and attic, the 2nd alarm was requested by command.
At 19:47, the second alarm was transmitted sending Engine 7, 28, 1, Ladder 7, Cascade 32 and Engine 10 from the City of Allentown for the F.A.S.T.
Multiple large hand lines and monitors were put in-service. Tower Ladder 30 was set up in the parking lot on the south side of the building using their elevated stream and Ladder 7's water-pipe was in service on the north side of the building.
Firefighters concentrated their efforts on a defensive attack and at 21:32 the fire was declared under control by command.
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