02/28/15 | 22:45 | FATAL HOUSE FIRE | NJ | PHILLIPSBURG | HUDSON & HENDERSON STS | 1 VIC DOA : : 02/28/15 | 17:39 | 1ST ALARM | NORTHAMPTON | 840 MAIN ST | HEAVY FIRE VENTING FROM ROOF AND ATTIC OF DUPLEX | MULTIPLE L/S/O, 1 TOWER LADDER AND 1 LADDER IN OPERATION | ALL THE DETAILS BELOW....
At 02:07 Northampton County transmitted a tactical box for 947 South Cotton Wood Road on a house fire, sending Lehigh Township 47, Walnutport Ladder 44-21 and Allen Township 45-31.
Chief 47-53 went on location and reported a fire in the exterior wall of a 2.5-story dwelling and had the county fill out the full 1st alarm for a working fire.
He ordered the first-in engine to check the interior walls with a thermal imaging camera and a second crew to the exterior to open up the wall.
Three hand lines were stretched with two in operation, one interior and one exterior. Once the walls were opened up, firefighters found fire in the wall near the pellet stove.
Companies remained on the scene for about an hour overhauling and checking for extension.
The residents told Newsworking that the wife noticed smoke coming out of the wall and woke her husband up. He called 9-1-1 and then used an extinguisher around the stove pipe where it entered the wall. Early detection on this fire saved the house.
Sunday January 11th Lehigh Township Ladder 47 and Han-Le-Co Ladder 33 met for the last time before Ladder 47 goes to the paint shop for a new paint job.
Lehigh Township's ladder truck will get repainted with their red, white and blue colors to match the rest of their fleet. Both fire companies came together today to photograph the trucks for one last time that they will be seen with the Han-Le-Co colors.
Lehigh Township purchased the the ladder truck from Han-Le-Co a few months ago. It's nice to see the ladder was purchased by a local fire company and will be in-service in this northwestern Northampton County community and will provide the residents with a valuable firefighting tool. This is Lehigh Township's first ladder truck.
Both trucks were manufactured by Pierce Manufacturing.
At 23:11 Allentown 9-1-1 transmitted box 2542 (13th & Gordon) for a house fire at 1314 Gordon Street sending Engines 9, 4, 10 , 6, Truck 2, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) and FM 45.
The 43 battalion arrives and reports smoke from the 3rd floor of a 3-story Middle-of-Row (M/O/R). Engine 9 pulls past the house and stretches a hand line into 1316. Truck 2 comes in behind 9 and sets up.
Crews in 1316 (The end of row) find no fire. 9A (Lt. Kutz) looks out a rear window and finds heavy fire venting from 1314 and extending to both exposures.
Engine 4 arrives and positions nose first into Engine 9. Members stretch a second hand line from 9 into 1314 under the command of Captain Williams and initiates a fire attack.
As members open up the walls and ceilings, they find heavy fire. Battalion 43 transmits the second alarm, bringing in Engines 11 and 14.
Engine 11 (Quint) arrives and positions behind Tower Ladder 2 and puts the ladder in-service to the roof. Members put a trench cut in the roof to stop the horizontal spread of the fire in the cockloft.
Firefighters work for over an hour to control the fire. Three homes were damaged by the blaze.
Five hand lines were stretched with 4 in operation. 2 in the end-of-row, 2 in the original fire building (1314) and one a few doors down to stop the spread of fire from further extending down the row.
Firefighters battled not only the fire but the 15 degree freezing temperatures. Public works provided salt at the scene due to the water freezing around the apparatus. EMS was on stand-by. 1 firefighter sustained a minor injury.
While battling this fire, Engine 13 (last engine in city) responds to the Government Center at 7th and Hamilton for smoke odor in the structure. Engine 13 request the box be filled out, bringing in 2 engines, a ladder and rescue from surrounding communities. After they cleared this call, the volunteer companies manned city stations until 01:30 hours. Engine 13 was sent to box 2542 for fire watch. By 02:00, companies operating at the fire were in the process of returning to quarters.
At 06:48, Allentown transmitted box 5147 for 817 South 5th Street on a house fire sending the 4th platoon Engines 14, 11, 4, 9, Truck 2 under the command of the 43 Battalion (Wehr).
Engine 14 arrives to find heavy smoke showing from a two-story duplex and stretches one hand line to the front door. Battalion 43 orders a second hand line to be stretched into the 'D' exposure as fire is extending in the rear of the building to this exposure.
Engine 14 members get a good knock on the bulk of the fire on the first floor, however, fire continues to to burn on the second floor but interior crews can't gain access due to the stairs being burned away.
Chief Wehr special-calls an additional engine company for manpower. Allentown dispatch sends Engine 6.
The fire is under control about 30 minutes after arrival of the first due.
Lehigh County transmitted a box for a reported house fire at 05:11 for 1736 Ritter Street sending Station 20, Fountain Hill Ladder 34 and EMS 73. Chief 20-01 went responding at 05:14 and was advised by dispatch that the fire was located near a wood burning stove and multiple calls were being received so expect a possible working fire on arrival. With that information, the Chief transmitted the 2nd alarm. Moments later, ambulance 73-94 went arriving and reported a working fire on Wistar Street.
Lehigh County transmitted the second alarm at 05:18 for Engines 31-12, 18-12, Ladder 31-31, Rescue 7-41 (F.A.S.T.), Cascade 32, and Re-Hab 66. At this time, all residents are reported out of the house and safe in a neighbors home.
First-due Engine was ordered to bring a water supply in from Broadway and Wistar and then stretch a large hand line from the rear of the engine. With the dwelling fully-involved, a defensive attack mode was commenced from the start as companies stretched their largest hand lines and put deck guns in operation.
Command requested numerous tankers for water supply and confirmed the dwelling was on Wistar Street not Ritter Street.
Electrical lines came down in the street that were attached to the house and hampered the initial attack. 20 Command ordered PPL Utilities to expedite to the scene.
The fire went to three alarms before it was brought under control. All video and photos by Mike Nester. More photos can be viewed by clicking here.
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