At 20:30 Wednesday evening, Lehigh County Radio transmitted a Whitehall box for 2007 North First Avenue on a report of smoke from the building sending Engines 2, 12, 1, Truck 6, Rescue 8 and a Deputy Chief under the command of Chief Benner.
Deputy Chief Shambo arrived and reported smoke from the south side of a two-story mixed use building. The first due engine stretched a hand line for a small fire under the aluminum siding.
Command special-called 2 additional engine companies above the 1st alarm for additional manpower. Engines 3 and 13 responded. Engine 3 was ordered to stand-by a hydrant North First Avenue and Union St.
PPL utilities was notified to respond because they were on location earlier in the day doing work on the building.
Crews remained on the scene until 21:45 hours. The fire is under investigation.
At 12:26 Allentown transmitted box 3614 for 1213 North Plymouth Street at Harry's U-Pull it Junk yard for a structure fire sending Engines 13, 6, 9, 14 (F.A.S.T.) Truck 2, Battalion 2 (Held) and FM 45.
The fire dispatcher advised the companies responding that heavy smoke could be seen from the street cameras on Airport Road.
The smoke column was so thick and black, it could be seen throughout the Lehigh Valley.
Police on the scene first reported propane tanks in the building and minor explosions.
Engine 13 supplied Truck 2. The truck backed in to the property and used to master streams to hit the fire. The hydrant at Plymouth and Highland was used. The large building was not accessible due to all the junk cars parked in front of it.
Engine 6 brought a supply line in and positioned in a parking lot and used their elevated master stream. It was immediately determined that this attack was going to be an exterior operation from the beginning.
Battalion 2 special-called Engine 4 to the fire. Shortly after that request, he had the 2nd alarm filled out. Engine 13 and Air 1 were assigned to the 2nd alarm with Engine 4.
Engine 9 went to the east of the fire on Quebec Street to check on the tank farm just behind the fire building. They took a water supply with them to hit the fire with their master stream to protect the tank farm.
The Haz-mat team was called out an hour into the fire for oil in the water run-off that was dumping into the storm sewer drains on Plymouth Street.
The fire was under control by 14:00 hours.
It was determined early in the fire that a ruptured gas tank was the cause of the fire. The tank was accidentally punctured and the gas poured onto the floor until it hit an ignition source.
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At 10:15 AM Wednesday, a charter bus and tractor trailer collided on Rt. 380 mile marker 4 in Monroe County. An MCI was declared and ambulances from at least 4 counties including one from the City of Allentown responded to the area. Initial reports into Newsworking stated it was a school bus.
Two people are reported dead and multiple people were trapped in the bus. Three medical helicopters, Medevac, Lifeflight and Pennstar transported the most critically injured to area trauma centers.
The less serious patients were transported by ground to Pocono Regional. A total of 14 people were injured.
A progress report from the scene at 11:18 said two class 1 patients were being flown by Lifeflight and one patient by Pennstar. Both aircraft are still on the ground at the time of this progress report. Most of the class 3 patients are being transported by ground to Pocono Regional. All viable patients have now been extricated from the bus except the two Class 5's (Deceased). Rescue companies will now commence extrication on the deceased.
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At 20:45 Allentown transmitted box 2414 for 27 North 15th Street on a house fire sending Engines 9, 4, 10, 11 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 And Battalion 43 (Henrick).
Battalion Chief Henrick arrives and reports fire showing from the 3rd floor and signals a working fire. Engine 9 stretches one hand line to the 3rd floor of the duplex for what appears to be a room and contents.
With numerous power lines and other utility lines in front of the building, the tower ladder cannot be used. Truck 2 members are ordered to throw ground ladders. Members go to the roof and open up to check for fire extension in the cockloft.
A second hand line is stretched up the ground ladder to hit the fire on the exterior of the dormer. Crews held the fire to the 3rd floor room and the 1st alarm assignment.
Engine Company 6 was dispatched at 21:47 for fire watch duty. The Fire Marshals office is investigating.
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