What started as a domestic disturbance around 1:15 PM Tuesday escalated to a 2-alarm fire at the Mineral Springs Hotel & Bar located at 4306 N. Delaware Drive in Forks Township.
Fire officials arrived just before 1:30 PM and reported flames showing from the building.
The fire quickly escalated to 2-alarms with multiple tanker task forces dispatched as the fire ran the length of the cockloft. The scene is located about 4 miles north of the City of Easton and has no hydrant system. Tankers were called in from as far away as Lehigh County to help supply water. Some companies were drafting from the Delaware River.
It took firefighters over 2 hours to darken down the bulk of the fire. They remained on scene for hours overhauling and putting out hot spots.
The City of Easton provided assistance with their Tower Ladder and a few firefighters.
2 Police officers and 2 civilians were injured. One person was reported to have burn injuries.
Lower Milford, PA. -At 19:33 hours Friday evening, Lehigh County Fire Radio dispatched Engine 13-11, Tanker 13-21 and EMS 72 to 1995 Pine Tree Road (near Limeport Pike) for a garage fire attached to a dwelling. The dispatcher gave chief 13 that the caller states a car is on fire in their garage.
Police arrive and report a working fire. Chief 13 has Lehigh County transmit the 2nd alarm prior to arrival.
At 19:40 hours, the 2nd alarm is transmitted sending Engines 4-12, 27-11, Tankers 28-21, 27-21, Rescue 4-41, 7 (R.I.T.), Cascade 32 and EMS 66 & 63.
Chief 13 arrives and confirms a well-involved 2-story dwelling and requests' 4 additional tankers. The first company in, 13-11 stretches a 2-1/2 hand line to put a knock on the main body of fire. Chief 13 orders the second due engine, engine 27-11 to reverse lay a supply line from Engine 13-11 down Pine Tree to Limeport Pike. Two additional lines are stretched to help stop the spread of the fire.
At 19:47, Lehigh County sends the 4 tankers requested by Chief 13 from stations 28, 20, 19 and 15.
Water supply becomes an issue when the initial pond the companies were told to draft from on Limeport Pike is only a foot deep and will be inadequate for drafting. The attack teams go without water for a short time while crews establish a good water supply. Engine 4-12 relocates to a pond further down Limeport Pike past the bridge.
The fire rages out-of-control until being placed under control around 21:30. Crews remained on the scene for a few more hours conducting extensive overhaul.
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Approximately 21:45 hours East Allen Station 46 was dispatched to 5838 Pheasant Road for a report of a dwelling fire. Chief 46 arrived and signaled a working fire in the kitchen of the 2-story S/F/D and filled out the box.
Stations 45 and 42 were added to fill the 1st alarm assignment. Engine 46 arrived first and stopped short of the house to let room for Tower Ladder 46 to position in front of the home. Chief 46 ordered the ladder in-service as fire started to vent from the roof.
Multiple hand lines were stretched. One to the "Bravo" side of the house for an exterior attack and one inside.
A search came up positive for a pet dog that was found in a bedroom. The dog was not injured. Crews darkened down the fire in 20 minutes and remained on location overhauling.
One person was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
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Around 1130 hrs Stations 8 and 56 are dispatched to Fiber America at 7072 Snowdrift Rd for a water flow alarm.
First officer arrives on location with smoke showing from a 300 foot by 300 foot 1-story warehouse and upgrades the assignment to a structure fire. Crews stretch a line into the building and Station 25 is special called for manpower, Engine from 56 lays a supply line.
Interior crews locate a 50 foot by 50 foot area of fire inside the structure and request a 2nd line and a 2nd alarm is transmitted. Crews stretch a 3rd line into the front of the building as heavy smoke pushes out from open doors.
Crews make a knock on the fire and work on overhauling the area of fire before clearing, no injuries are reported.
Wednesday morning at 01:50 hours, Allentown Fire Dispatch sent Engines 9 and 4 to investigate smoike in the 600 blk. of North 8th Street.
Engine 9 found a house fire at 616 North 8th Street and signaled a working fire. Box 2266 was filled-out and transmitted sending the balance of the assignment - Engines 6, Engine 10 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43.
Engine 9 had a water supply from a hydrant at the front of the house and stretched one hand line for a fire on the roof / top floor of 3-story M/O/R. A second hand line was stretched into 614 for minor extension.
Engine 13 was dispatched the designated F.A.S.T. company after Engine 10 went to work. Companies had the bulk of the fire darkened down about 30 minutes later.
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