At 13:40 hours Monday afternoon, Engines 13, 6, 9, 4, Truck 2 and Battalion 43 filled out box 3615 for 1510 East Jonathan Street on a structural fire. Engine 13 turns out of their station on Irving Street and report smoke showing. Secondary reports from Comm Center say a car was on fire in the building and now the building is involved. Engine 13 arrives and reports a working fire at the Harry's U-Pull-it junk yard.
Tower Ladder 2 positions inside the gate of the entrance and goes in-service with that water tower. Multiple hand lines are also used to control the blaze. Battalion 43 special-calls Engine 10 for an additional engine company.
The fire is darkened down in 45 minutes. Crews remain on scene for hours after watering down the hot spots.
First two photos by Dan Stiff. Video and other photos by Mike Nester.
Around 10:40 AM Saturday morning, Wesosville Rescue 30, Engine 30 and EMS 66 get dispatched to the intersection of Route 100 and Quarry Road in Lower Macungie for an auto extrication. Once on scene, crews found a pick-up truck under the trailer portion of the tractor trailer with the driver still inside.
Command requested two additional rescue companies from Trexlertown 25 and Alburtis 1. Rescue crews worked for an hour using tools to cut the driver out of the mangled wreckage.
Just after 9:00 AM, Lehigh County 9-1-1 dispatched Coplay Station 5, Whitehall Dive Team and Northampton Borough Dive Team with boats to the Lehigh River just north of the Cement Kilns in Coplay for a swift water rescue.
Once located, it was determined that the man was D.O.A. and the operation quickly switched from a rescue to a body recovery. Northampton used their boat ramp to launch their boat to gain access to the victim.
Whitehall Police Department and the Coroners office is investigating the death.
At 18:30 Saturday evening, Allentown Communications Center transmitted box 2716 for an auto extrication at Hamilton and Glenwood Streets, sending Engines 10, 11, 9 (utility 52), Truck 2 and Battalion 43.
Engine 10 arrived to find a car into a tree, minutes later, extrication was completed and EMS rushed a male victim with a trauma code to the hospital.
The driver died overnight at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center. \
Newsworking got an inside tour of the Blue Mountain Elementary School in Tilden Township that was destroyed Thursday around 6:30PM.
The National Weather Service classified the 75 foot wide tornado as an EF-1 with winds of 105 mph.
It's apparent that the tornado touched down right on the school and was short lived. It was on the ground for about 100 yards when it lifted and clipped the tops of some tree's. Homes that were on both sides of the school didn't appear to have any damage.
The tornado lifted the entire roof of the school and landed in a nearby tree. In one of our photos from the inside, show the room where the Principal was at the time. She crawled through a hole from underneath a portion of the roof and was able to get out of the building safely. No one else was in the school at the time of the storm.
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