09/01/14 | 16:10 | 2ND ALARM | BETHLEHEM | 1039 MECHANIC ST | FIRE 1ST FL OF 3-STY O/M/D | 2 L/S/O : : 09/01/14 | 06:00 | BETHLEHEM | WORKING FIRE | 537 PINE ST | FIRE IN A 2.5-STY E/O/R DWELLING | 2 LINES STRETCHED 1 IN OPERATION | SEARCHES NEG (-) | 1 EXTRA ENG ABOVE 1ST ALARM
Just after 2:30 PM Sunday, Lehigh Township was dispatched to 579 South Cottonwood Road for a report of a garage fire attached to a dwelling. Chief 47-51 (Hildebrand) reported a smoke column while responding and had the 1st alarm assignment filled out.
Firefighters made a quick knock on the fire and prevented the fire from spreading to the adjoining dwelling. A deck attached to the garage was a total loss and the garage itself was heavily damaged.
Upper Saucon Volunteer Fire Department arrived to find this van fully involved and made a knock on it stretching one line, the Interstate was closed for about an hour while crews extinguished the flames. Video and Story by Mike Nester.
Just before 23:00 hours, Lehigh County Fire Dispatch sent Station 32 to Rt. 22 Westbouind between 15th Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard for multiple accidents. One accident at mile marker 319 had two people trapped in two separate vehicles.
Chief 32 (Held) special-called an additional rescue to assist Rescue 11-41 and an additional engine from Upper Macungie 56.
A dark colored pick up truck was traveling east in the westbound lanes from Cedar Crest Boulevard causing multiple accidents.
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At 10:58 AM Lehigh County dispatched Catasauqua Station 2 and North Catasauqua Engine 18-11 to 725 Crane Street for a house fire. Dispatchers were receiving numerous calls and radio transmissions from other chief officers in the area that heavy smoke was showing in the vicinity.
The police arrived and confirmed the address was well-involved in fire to the rear of the dwelling.
Engine 211 approached from 3rd Street on Chestnut Street while Engine 18-11 approached from 4th Street on Chestnut Street. Both companies brought their own water supply. Three hand lines were stretched from Engine 211 and two hand lines from Engine 18-11.
Chief 2 didn't waste anytime adding two additional engines and a F.A.S.T. company to the box.
Crews worked fast to darken down the bulk of the fire on the exterior of the building while crews made a push on the interior from the front.
One person was unaccounted for on the second floor in the rear but was found outside as the interior crews made a primary search.
The firefighters were taking a beating from the heat of the fire plus the outside temperatures. Command special-called additional two alarms for manpower to replace worn out firefighters. They had a tough time inside as the fire spread within the walls.
Early stages of the investigation point to a possible cigarette that started a propane tank fire attached to a gas grille against the rear of the house. No injuries were reported.
Friday night Crews from Easton Fire Department were alerted to an apartment building fire in the unit block of North 4th Street in Center City.
Arriving units confirmed the working fire and put all hands to work with fire on the upper floor and roof of the structure. As crews worked to get ahead of the fire which was running the roof crews from Wilson Fire and Palmer Municipal Fire Department were called in to assist at the scene.
Crews worked to open the roof from the outside and also worked the interior of the structure to gain access to the fire. Crews had the fire under control in a couple of hours and would remain on scene late into the night making sure all hot spots were taken care of. The fire is under investigation.
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