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City of Allentown

Man critically injured when car splits in half after hitting tree

April 26, 2015 at 6:12PM

Man critically injured when car splits in half after hitting tree

Just before 14:00 on Sunday, Allentown Fire sends Engine 10 and 4 to 23rd and Union Streets for a reported car fire. Moments later, box 2733 is transmitted for a auto extrication at the that intersection. The rescue box is filled out sending Engines 9, 11, Truck 2, Battalion 43, Medic 1 and Medic 100.

Engine 10 arrives and reports one person heavily entrapped and a car that is in two pieces. The Battalion chief orders Engine 9 and 11 to put their rescue tools in-service to remove the roof and dash board. Members from Truck 2 are instructed to park their apparatus and report to the car for manpower.

The victim is removed a while later and transported to the trauma center in critical condition. The accident is under investigation.

Photos by Mike Nester. More photos can be viewed here.

Tags:   Accident   Allentown    Rescue  

Lehigh County

Brush fire in Lowhill Township spreads to house and prompts a 2nd alarm

April 24, 2015 at 8:47PM

Brush fire in Lowhill Township spreads to house and prompts a 2nd alarm

At 14:59 hours Friday afternoon Tri-Clover Station 26 was sent to 6288 Horseshoe Road in Low Hill Township for a reported forest fire. Shortly after dispatch, Schnecksville Station 22 radioed Chief 26 and advised him that smoke was showing in the area.

Chief 26 immediately had Lehigh County Radio send one truck from Station 22 to the fire address. Chief 26 arrived and transmitted the second alarm for a house fire and a the brush fire. Lehigh County Radio transmitted the 2nd alarm sending Stations 8, 51, 22, 25, 17 and EMS 62.

Crews stopped the spread of fire on both the house and the brush fire. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation.

Photos by Dennis Wetherhold Jr. You can view more of his photos here.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Brush Fire   Lehigh County  

Carbon County

Huge forest fire consumes over 150 acres on the Blue Mountain

April 19, 2015 at 10:08AM

Huge forest fire consumes over 150 acres on the Blue Mountain

Over 175 firefighters are battling this forest fire that started Saturday afternoon after 2:30 PM near West Sunset Road in East Penn Township. The fire burned all day Saturday into Sunday.

In Lehigh County, a voluntary evacuation was issued and a shelter was set-up at a local fire house in Washington Township late Saturday night.

Crews worked the Lehigh - Carbon County line on top of the mountain to stop the fire from coming over the mountain. Firefighters will work through Sunday to contain the blaze.

The photos were taken late Saturday night around 11:45 PM.

Tags:   Brush Fire  

City of Allentown

Firefighters battle a small blaze in a vacant downtown building slated for demolition

April 12, 2015 at 4:19PM

Firefighters battle a small blaze in a vacant downtown building slated for demolition

At 13:22, Allentown transmitted box 2125 for 8th and Walnut Streets for a structural fire sending Engines 13, 4, 9, 6 (RIT), Truck 2, Battalion 43 and FM 45.

Engine 13 arrived first and reported smoke showing from a 3-story vacant building. Engine 9 stretched a hand line to the north side of the building and Engine 4 stretched a line from the south side of the building. Firefighters found a room involved in fire and used ground ladders to access the building. Due to the condition of the building, firefighters were ordered not to enter the building. There was evidence of squatters living in the building.

The Battalion Chief signaled a working fire and requested one additional Engine Company above the 1st alarm. Engine 14 was sent as the 5th due special-called Engine.

Tags:   Allentown    Structure Fire  

Lehigh County

Route 309 closed in North Whitehall as firefighters battle 4-alarm house fire

April 12, 2015 at 1:52PM

At 20:15 hours Saturday night, North Whitehall firefighters responded to the area of Rt. 309 and Woodlea Road for a report of a house fire. Once on location, crews found a dwelling at 4519 Peters Avenue well-involved in the rear of the 2-story dwelling and struck the 2nd alarm.

Firefighters had a difficult time accessing the property and getting a water supply established. The front of the home actually faces Route 309. As heavy fire continues to burn the rear of the structure, command strikes the 3rd and 4th alarms to get more manpower and tankers to the scene.

Tower Ladder 16 (Neffs) comes down Peters Avenue to an adjoining driveway and positions the rig on the North side of the fire building. Once they get a water supply, the master stream is used from the bucket between the trees to darken down the bulk of the fire.

Interior crews stretch a hand line in the front door to the second floor and extinguish the remaining fire in the attic by pulling ceilings to access it.

Route 309 was closed for the duration of the fire. The fire is under investigation.

Tags:   4th Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  

City of Allentown

Firefighters Start Saturday Morning With 2 Fires and a Rescue

April 04, 2015 at 9:19AM

Firefighters Start Saturday Morning With 2 Fires and a Rescue

At 08:00, Box 4131 was transmitted for a structural fire at the Burger King at 1958 South 4th Street sending Engines 14, 11, 9, 6, Ladder 2, Battalion 43 and FM 45. Engine 14 arrives and reports light smoke from the roof of the 1-story restaurant and investigates. They find a fire in the hood vent and use extinguishers to put the fire out. The Battalion Chief instructs the Tower Ladder to set-up on the south side of the building and go to the roof to check for fire extension. Crews find a small fire on the roof and extinguish it.

Approximately 09:25, Box 2566 is transmitted for a structural fire at the Liberty Nursing Home located at 17th and Allen Streets sending Engines 10, 4, 6, 13, Ladder 2 and Battalion 43. Engine 10 arrives and investigates a report of a fire on the 3rd floor. The initial call came in by 9-1-1 from an employee of the facility and by now, bells are sounding and the sprinkler is activated while Engine 10 members make it to the third floor where they find a smoke condition. Battalion 43 reports water flowing from an air conditioner on the 3rd floor. Engine 10 gains entry to a room and discover a kitchen fire that is extinguished by the sprinkler. The patients are moved to a secure wing on the third floor protected by a fire door. Firefighters vent the structure. No injuries are reported.

While the Comm Center is transmitting box 2566, calls are coming in for an automobile accident with people trapped. Box 4255 is transmitted for Filbert and Susquehanna for an auto extrication sending Engines 14, 11 and 9. At this point, all companies in the city are being put to work. No further details on the wreck are available.

Photo by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Allentown    Rescue   Structure Fire