Lehigh County

Han-Le-Co Fire Company holds official housing and dedication for new Ladder 33-31

November 01, 2015 at 1:13PM

On October 10th, 2015 Han-Le-Co Fire Company located in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, PA. bordering the City of Allentown to the northeast dedicated their new 2015 105' Pierce Quantum. The truck comes equipped with a 2000gpm pump and 500 gallon water tank.

The new ladder 33 replaces a 1991 Pierce Arrow 75' Quint with a 2000 gpm pump and 600 gallon water tank. This piece was sold to a neighboring fire company to the north - Lehigh Township Station 47 in Northampton County.

Tags:   Ladder Company   Lehigh County  

Lehigh County

VIDEO: Ladder 231 & Engine 212 arriving at 895 Walnut St. for a report of smoke from the building

November 01, 2015 at 10:15AM

Around 21:15 Saturday night, Lehigh County Fire Radio transmitted the box for 895 Walnut Street on a report of smoke from the roof of the apartment building, sending Station 2 (Catasauqua) and 18 (North Catasauqua) on the ticket.

Ladder 231 arrives with Engine 212 right behind it. Command reports a smoke condition in the area and determines it might be from a chimney on building 'F' and orders 231 truck to the roof to investigate further. Firefighters found nothing.

Engine 18 staged at a hydrant on 14th Street. All companies took up and cleared within 20 minutes.

City of Allentown

Car crashes into PPL electric substation and catches fire causing a massive power outage

November 01, 2015 at 1:16AM

Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 3615 for a report of a structural fire with multiple callers at the Harry's U-Pull-It Junk Yard on North Plymouth Street sending Engines 13, 6, 9, 14, Truck 2 and Battalion 43 (Williams) on the ticket.

Police went on location and reported a fully-involved building but after investigating further, they found a car burning inside a PPL power substation.

Fire officials arrived and staged a couple of blocks away until PPL utilities arrived. After evaluating the situation, fire crews were staged and told to let the fire burn.

The crash and fire left about 6,000 people without power all over the East side of Allentown, parts of Bethlehem and as far as Northampton Borough.

Four hours later, just before midnight, the crash rescue truck from the Lehigh Valley International Airport (located 2 miles north) was dispatched to finally extinguish the fire.

Miraculously all occupants exited the vehicle before it burst into flames.

Tags:   Accident   Allentown    Automobile Fire  

Whitehall Township

Firefighters quickly douse small fire on rear deck of ranch home

October 30, 2015 at 3:48PM

At 11:14 Whitehall Engines 3, 13, 2 and 6 Truck take in a reported house fire at 3918 Mechanicsville Road for a deck attached to a house. Engine 3 arrives and reports smoke showing and stretch one hand line.

Crews stretched the line to the rear yard and found a small fire on and under the deck. Engine 3 and 13 were on the road a few blocks away and arrived about 3 minutes after being dispatched.

Police closed Mechanicsville Road for the duration of the fire due to a supply line that was connected to a hydrant a block away. It was not used.

The original 9-1-1 caller told Newsworking that he was impressed at the response time and the amount of apparatus that quickly arrived at the scene.

Tags:   House Fire   Whitehall, PA.  

City of Bethlehem

1 killed in multiple vehicle accident involving Lehigh University school bus that rolled-over on 22

October 27, 2015 at 6:43PM

A Lehigh University School Bus collided with a car around 17:50 hours Tuesday afternoon traveling westbound on Route 22 just before the Airport Road exit. The bus flipped onto it's roof with about 20 passengers.

One person was killed in the car that was heavily damaged on the shoulder of the road. A Mass Casualty Incident was declared sending in more ambulances. Initial reports said 7 people were injured. The highway was completely shut down.

Bethlehem City Fire was assisted by Han-Le-Co Fire Station 33. The accident happened on the Lehigh County / Bethlehem City line.

As of 19:50, Bethlehem City fire crews were on the scene extricating the dead victim from the car.

All photos and video by Mike Nester of NVP.


Tags:   Accident   Fatality   Northampton County  

Lehigh County

Two homes damaged during 2-alarm blaze in Macungie, PA.

October 06, 2015 at 1:38PM

At 17:18 hours Monday afternoon, Lehigh County 9-1-1 dispatched units to the 127 Hillcrest Dr. South for a reported house fire.

As crews are responding, heavy smoke is visible in the area and a 2nd alarm is requested. First arriving officer takes command and reports two homes involved with live wires down in front of the homes. Crews immediately stretch multiple lines to both homes to knock down the fire, one property suffers extensive damage to the bravo side while the other is destroyed with fire on all divisions.

Crews worked for a couple hours to knock down the flames and one firefighter had a close call when a portion of a garage wall collapsed nearby.

Around 04:00 Tuesday morning, crews were dispatched again for a rekindle. On arrival, they found the same house fully involved.

Video and photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County