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A few minutes after 23:00 Sunday, Palmer 27 was dispatched to 3200 Freemansburg Avenue (c/s Greenwood) for a reported house fire.
Chief 27 arrives and reports a fully-involved 1-story single-family-dwelling (S/F/D) and requests the F.A.S.T. from station 15.
The first due engine stretches 5 lines. The chief special-calls 1 additional engine from station 14. Members had to use caution as a live power line fell into the yard. You'll see the arcing in the video.
About an hour into the fire, the chief signals the fire out and request S.P.C.A. for 20 cats that were found alive in the basement.
1 Firefighter sustained a minor hand injury and was treated by EMS and transported to an area hospital.
At 12:06 Lehigh County Fire Radio answered calls for report of smoke from the Diamond Fire Company. Stations 29, 24 and EMS 67 was dispatched to 209 Washington Street for a structural fire.
Chief 29 signs on the radio and immediately transmits the 2nd alarm for a working fire at the companies social quarters located at 100 Main Street, across from the main station.
Lehigh County transmits the 2nd alarm at 12:06 sending the balance of stations 29 and 24 plus ladder 47 (Lehigh Township).
At 12:11, Chief 29 struck out the 3rd alarm as the fire vented through the roof. Lehigh County sent Engines 6-11, 9-11, Engine 714 (Palmerton), Ladder 16, Ladder 721 and Air 32-92.
The chief ordered Ladder 47 to the front of the structure, while Ladder 29 took the rear. Slatington's Ladder 24 positioned in the parking lot of the social quarters (side 4). Ladders 47 and 24 put their ladder pipes into operation to make a hit on the fire and darken down the bulk of the fire.
Tower ladders 7-21 and 16-21 were positioned on Washington Street (Side 2) and were ordered to work that side of the building. Once the water supplies were established for the ladders, in a matter of minutes the fire darkened down.
The 4th alarm was transmitted at 12:13 sending Carbon County Engine 112, Ladder 523, Northampton County Ladder 42 and Ladder 46 and Lehigh County Engine 16.
The building is well over 100 years old and was no match for this wind driven fire. The fire is under investigation.
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At 11:51 AM Thursday, Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 2262 for a house fire at 420 Allen Street - Engines 6, 4, 9, 10 (F.A.S.T.), 11 (acting ladder), Battalion 43 and FM 45.
On arrival Engine 6 has smoke showing from a vacant 3-story M/O/R. Battalion Chief 43 (Atiyeh) arrives and transmits a working fire signal. Engine 6 stretches to the rear room on the first floor for a small fire. Additional members are ordered to the second floor to check for extension. No fire was found on the second floor. Members also checked the basement for extension where they found a small fire. Once all the fire was knocked, fans were set up to help ventilate the structure.
The battalion noticed that the building was reinforced from the outside and the walls were bowing and ordered all members off the 2nd and 3rd floors.
Two lines are stretched and one was wet. Searches were negative. The Fire Marshal is investigating this suspicious fire.
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