• 4/12/14 | 08:45 | AUTO EXTRICATION | NORTH WHITEHALL | RT. 145 AT CLEARVIEW ROAD | 2 CARS HEAD ON | 2 RESCUE COMPANIES IN-SERVICE FOR MULTIPLE PEOPLE PINNED | MEDEVAC CALLED TO SCENE

Whitehall Township

FIRE IN EXTERIOR WALL OF DWELLING EXTINGUISHED QUICKLY ON HOBSON STREET IN STILES

March 10, 2014 at 11:22PM

At 13:31 hours Monday, Whitehall Engines 3, 4, 13, 14, 6 Truck and Rescue 8 take in a house fire at 3326 North Hobson Street in the Stiles section of the Township. Chief 16 (Benner) arrives and has smoke showing from an exterior wall of a 2-story dwelling.

Engine 3 and 4 arrive together and members stretch a line from 4. A water supply is established from a hydrant in front of the house by Engine 4.

Companies open up the exterior wall on the Bravo side of the home and extinguish a small fire in the wall that took about 20 minutes. Companies clear the home of smoke and check for extension.

The chief used 3 engines, 1 squrt, 1 ladder and the rescue company. No injuries were reported. Everyone was safely out of the house upon arrival.

Tags:   House Fire   Whitehall, PA.  

Northampton County

2ND ALARM: FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE STUBBORN FIRE IN BASEMENT OF DWELLING

March 03, 2014 at 10:24PM

Bath, PA. Firefighters from 12 Northampton County companies battled a house fire at 128 South Chestnut Street. First arriving companies found a fire in the basement that was extending to the upper floors of the 2-story dwelling.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Northampton County  

Whitehall Township

ALL HANDS OPERATE AT AUTO REPAIR SHOP FIRE ON MACARTHUR ROAD

March 03, 2014 at 1:51AM

At 22:38 hours Sunday, Whitehall sent Engines 1, 2, 12, 3, Truck 6, Rescue 8 and Woodlawn Tanker 32 for a structural fire at 1095 MacArthur Road. Deputy Chief Shambo arrives on location and reports a working fire in the offices of a 1-story auto repair shop.

Engine 1 arrives and stretches 2 lines and quickly darkens down the bulk of the fire. Two roof crews go to the roof and cut vent holes to ventilate the building. Tanker 32 is special-called on building fire in Whitehall due to the hydrants covered with snow. They arrived and supplied 1 with water.

The fire was knocked down quickly and held to the office area of the building. MacArthur Road was closed in both directions for the duration of the fire.

The Arson Investigation Squad is investigating the cause of the fire.


Lehigh County

FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE HEAVY FIRE CONDITIONS IN RANCH STYLE HOME IN CATASAUQUA, PA.

February 26, 2014 at 1:23AM

At 19:44 Tuesday evening, Lehigh County Fire Radio dispatched Station 2 and North Catasauqua Engine 18 to the area of 12th and Bath Avenue on a house fire. Chief 2 signed on responding and was updated that an attached garage was on fire.

Police car 29 arrived in the area and reported smoke showing at 12th and Bethlehem Road. Chief 2 arrived and reported a working fire at 549 Bethlehem Road and requested Greenawalds Rescue 11 as the designated F.A.S.T. company.

Ladder 231 arrived at 19:53 and positioned on 12th Street (The "bravo" side) and Engine 211 arrived behind the ladder and positioned on Bethlehem Road in front of the fire building and Rescue 241 at the corner of 12th and Bethlehem Road. Firefighters were confronted with heavy fire conditions to the rear of the house as the porch was fully involved and rapidly extending into the 1-story dwelling. Engine 18 arrived at 19:55.

Engine members advanced through the front door and commenced an aggressive attack. As the fire extended into the attic area, command pulled the firefighters out of the house and went to an exterior attack using the deck gun on Engine 211 and the elevated master stream on Ladder 231. The two master streams were used to darken down the bulk of the fire. The fire was contained to the "delta" side of the home which consisted of the garage and kitchen area. Command held the fire to all hands working on the 1st alarm.

Everyone was out of the dwelling. No injuries were reported. Firefighters were on the scene for 4 hours overhauling.

Tags:   House Fire   Lehigh County  

Northampton County

FATAL FIRE: 1 PERSON FOUND DEAD INSIDE BURNING HOME IN HANOVER TOWNSHIP, PA

February 18, 2014 at 2:13AM

Approximately 21:35 hours Monday night, Hanover Township Northampton County Fire was sent to 1930 Mark Twain Circle for a house fire with entrapment.

Command quickly upgraded the tactical box to a full 1st alarm bringing with it multiple fire companies from surrounding municipalities. Catasauqua Rescue 2 was the designated F.A.S.T. company.

First arriving members found a victim inside the dwelling but was D.O.A. Companies stretched multiple hand lines. The fire went defensive almost immediately. Hanover Tower Ladder 15-21 was put into service with its elevated master stream.

Companies remained on scene for over 4 hours dousing the flames. The Coroners office was on the scene. At the time of this writing, one person was confirmed dead and until firefighters can get in the fire building to do a thorough search, it will be unknown if other people were inside the home.

Tags:   Fatality   House Fire   Northampton County  

Lehigh County

2ND ALARM: 2ND FLOOR OF DWELLING HEAVILY DAMAGED BY FIRE IN SALISBURY TOWNSHIP

February 16, 2014 at 8:56PM

Salisbury, Pa. - At 12:52 PM Sunday, Lehigh County Fire Radio transmitted the box for 2020 Greenwood Road in Salisbury Township on a house fire. Sending Station 31 and Engine 2012 along with EMS 62.

The initial report was for a kitchen fire. When command signed on the radio and immediately went on scene, he reported heavy fire showing from the second floor of a 2-story Single-Family-Dwelling (S/F/D) and struck out the 2nd alarm. The second alarm companies were Station 30, Ladder 331, 7 and Rescue 141 for the F.A.S.T. company.

Engine 31-12 arrived and stretched a hand line to the front door and up the stairs to the seat of the fire.

Ladder 331 arrived and assisted the engine company stretching the line.

The residents and police officer shoveled out the hydrant that Engine 31-12 used for the water supply.

A total of 2 hand lines were stretched. Companies did a good job knocking down the fire and containing the fire to the second floor.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County