At 07:12 Allentown transmitted box 2653 for 14th and Highland on a report of a house fire for 1032 North 14th Street sending Engines 4, 9, 10, 6 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2, Battalion 43 (Wehr) and FM 45.
Car 43 arrives and signals a working fire in a garage of a 1-story private dwelling. Engine 4 stretches in on the garage and quickly darkens down the bulk of the fire. Engine 9 ties into the hydrant at 14th and Highland and brings water to Engine 4. Meanwhile, Truck 2 sets-up behind Engine 4 and goes to the roof to cut a ventilation hole.
The fire extended into the attic of the dwelling and ran the roof line. Engine 10 arrived and stretched a line off of 4 and went inside to stop the fire spread.
Battalion Chief Wehr requested one additional Engine and the Air Unit 1. Engine 14 was assigned the additional Engine above the 1st alarm.
Air 1 filled approximately 22 air cylinders on scene. A total of 3 hand lines were in operation for this fire. Fire watch lasted throughout most of the day. No injuries were reported.
At 12:13, fire dispatchers sent Engine 11, Truck 2 and Battalion 3 (Atiyeh) to 1447 Lehigh Street for the fire alarm system. PPL utility workers doing work on Lehigh Street in front of the business noticed smoke from the front door and called 9-1-1. Box 5214 was transmitted and filled out for a building fire sending the balance of the assignment for Engines 14, 9 and 13 as the F.A.S.T.
Engine 11 arrived and reported smoke showing from the rear of a 1-story auto repair shop. Battalion 3 arrived and signaled a working fire. Engine 11 stretched a hand line to the lower level of the business on side 2 of the building that in the rear is a walk-out basement with garage doors where they found a working fire.
Engine 9 stretched a hand line to the 1st floor to check for fire extension. The 9 crew found no extension of the fire from the basement leve. The fire was extinguished in 20 minutes and the building was ventilated. A total of 4 Engines, 1 Truck and the Fire Marshal's office were on the scene. The fire is under investigation.
Whitehall Engine 2, Medic 62 and Police were sent to MacArthur Road Northbound next to Sears at 14:45 for an injury accident involving a motorcycle.
A motorcycle traveling northbound struck two cars as the traffic was slowing for a traffic signal at Mickley Road. The impact threw the cyclist about 40 feet down the highway and severely damaged the back-end of a car.
The cyclist was not wearing a helmet as reported to NewsWorking. Medic 62 rushed the victim to the trauma center at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest.
Police closed MacArthur Road North at Grape Street while they investigated. The talked to numerous witnesses at the scene. The roadway was still shut down at the time of this writing.
At 18:16, Lehigh County transmitted a box for a structure fire at 117 North Ruch Street in Coplay sending Engines 511, 512, Whitehall Engines 3, 13 and EMS 62.
Chief 501 arrived and signaled a working fire in a two-story apartment building with heavy fire showing on the first floor. He ordered Whitehall Engine 3 (LC 3831) to come in and stretch two hand lines. The second due engine (511) tied into a hydrant at Ruch and Chestnut and brought water to Engine 3.
Chief 501 transmitted the 2nd alarm bringing in Whitehall Engines 4, 5, Tower Ladder 6 and Woodlawn's Air unit.
Engine 13 positioned in an alley to the East of the fire building while Whitehall Engine 4 stretched a hand line to the second floor apartment directly above the fire apartment.
Whitehall Engine 5 brought a supply line in for Engine 4. A total of 4 hand lines were in operation.
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.
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