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Northampton County

PALMER BUSY WITH FIRE IN MULTIPLE DWELLING - TRANSMITS SECOND ALARM

January 31, 2012 at 10:37PM

Palmer, PA - Shortly after 07:00, Northampton County stations 27 and 53 were dispatched for a report of an apartment fire in the 2700 block of Nazareth Road.

On arrival, crews found heavy fire on the first floor. The fire was extending to the second floor via the exterior.

2 lines were stretched and operating. The fire was quickly darkened down. The second alarm companies were dispatched for stand-by and to cover Palmer stations, but were quickly re-called when the fire was knocked down.

Staff photographer Mike Nester shot the video.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Apartment    Northampton County  


city of allentown

FIREFIGHERS RESCUE 3 ADULTS FROM TOP FLOOR OF APARTMENT BUILDING DURING EARLY MORNING FIRE

January 31, 2012 at 5:04PM

Allentown, PA - Allentown 911 transmitted box 2225 for the address of 136 N. 7th Street for an apartment fire with people trapped sending engines 4, 9, 6, truck 2 and BN 2.

Battalion 2 arrives on scene to a 3-story multiple dwelling with nothing showing. Engine 4 and 9 investigate to find heavy smoke on the top floor. Engine 4 request a ground ladder to the third floor and a hand line.

Crews enter and find a small fire contained to carpet in the hallway and extinguish the fire quickly. Engine 6 goes to the rear and find access to the building. Crews search the building and find 3 adults in an apartment on the top floor and called for truck 2 bucket right away as the civilians were breathing air from the firefighters air mask.

Secondary searches came up negative and crews vented the building. Red Cross was notified for the 3 adults.

The Fire Marshall's office is investigating the fire.

Tags:   Allentown    Apartment    Ladder Company   Rescue  


Whitehall township

HELMET CAM: AUTO EXTRICATION ON MACARTHUR ROAD FROM A FIREFIGHTERS PERSPECTIVE

January 30, 2012 at 4:51PM

Whitehall, PA - 12:15PM Whitehall Engine 13, Rescue 8 and Rescue 5 respond to an auto extrication on MacArthur Road and Columbia Street.

A car rolled on its side and trapped the driver inside. Companies stabilized the vehicle and used numerous tools to cut the roof and peel it back.

The driver was extricated and transported to the hospital with moderate injuries.

Helmet Cam provided by our staff photographer Mike Nester.

Tags:   Accident   Helmet Cam   Lehigh County   Rescue   Whitehall, PA.  


Whitehall Township

HOAGIE SHOP CLERKS ROBBED AT GUNPOINT IN LATE NIGHT HEIST

January 24, 2012 at 11:43PM

Whitehall, PA - Just before 10:00 PM, Whitehall Police responded to a armed robbery at the Subway Shop at 3690 Lehigh Street, practically across the street from the police station.

Police are looking for a hispanic male, tall and thin build, wearing a brown sweatshirt. He was wearing a bandanna over his face. After the robbery, he fled through the back door of the shop.

Police converged on the scene quickly and started searching the area. A K-9 unit from Catasauqua assisted at the scene. It appeared that two young clerks were working at the time of the hold-up.

No one was injured.

Tags:   Police   Whitehall, PA.  


Northampton County

ROOF OF PRIVATE DWELLING DESTROYED IN AFTERNOON FIRE

January 23, 2012 at 6:12PM

ROOF OF PRIVATE DWELLING DESTROYED IN AFTERNOON FIRE

Lower Nazareth, PA - A single family dwelling was damaged today by fire at 4368 Vista Drive. The fire was dispatched as a working fire. The first arriving EMS unit arrived and reported flames from the roof of the house.

The roof was severely damaged. Crews stretched a handline to the second floor and made an aggressive attack. A second line was brought in as a back-up.

Crews held the fire to the first alarm. Bulk of the fire was darkened down in 25 minutes. The fire is under investigation.

Photo by Staff Photographer Mike Nester.



Northampton County

TRAIN STRIKES TRACTOR TRAILER ON BRODHEAD ROAD NEAR RT. 191

January 23, 2012 at 12:06PM

TRAIN STRIKES TRACTOR TRAILER ON BRODHEAD ROAD NEAR RT. 191

Bethlehem Twp., PA - Late this morning, a train struck a tractor trailer on Brodhead Road just west of Rt. 191.

The train ruptured the saddle tank on the tractor. The fuel spill brought out the Lehigh County Haz-Mat team for clean-up. The truck was hauling fruit.

The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries.

Photo by Staff Photographer Mike Nester.



Schuylkill County

ALPINE BUILDING AND POST SUPPLY BURNS IN SCHUYLKILL COUNTY

January 19, 2012 at 7:25PM

Wayne, PA - At 12:45 hours, Wayne Township Fire Department (Summit Station and Friedensburg Fire Companies, Schuylkill Haven Liberty, Pine Grove Ladder, Strausstown-Berks County and Schuylkill Haven EMS were dispatched to a commercial structure fire at Alpine Building & Post Supply on Route 183.

Two employees in the office building said they spotted the fire coming from the roof of the building and called 911. Summit Station Chief 34-01 arrived on scene and thick back smoke coming from the old one story building.

Fire fighters mounted a defensive attack and operated outside the structure. Summit Station and Friedensburg Engines pumped to hose lines on the A and C Sides of the structure. Pine Grove’s ladder set up on the A-B Corner and sent its ladder to the roof.

Tankers supplied the two engines with water through out the fire. Schuylkill Haven Liberty Engine draft from a near by pond and filled tankers. A lift tractor was used to rip the building apart to do overhaul. Class A was then used to finally to extinguished the fire in the one hundred year old building.D

More photos of the fire here and here.

Story and Photos submitted by Schuylkill Correspondent Steve Barrett.



Lehigh County

FIRE IN STAIRWELL OF THE AMERICAN CLUB BUILDING PROMPTS EVACUATION

January 19, 2012 at 2:46PM

FIRE IN STAIRWELL OF THE AMERICAN CLUB BUILDING PROMPTS EVACUATION

Coplay, PA - Lehigh County Fire Radio transmitted the box for at 14:15 hours Thursday for a structural fire at 32 N. 3rd Street at the American Club.

The Coplay Police Chief arrived to find a fire in the stairwell and threw water on it. Firefighters from Whitehall's Engine 5 and 3 arrived to find carpet burning in the stairwell. The said the fire was contained in the brick stairwell and the wooden doors held the fire. Coplay Engine 511 arrived along with Whitehall Engine 13 moments later and assisted the first-due companies.

Crews checked for extension and vented the structure.

The fire is under investigation.



Lehigh County

SOUTH WHITEHALL FIREFIGHTERS BUSY AT 2ND ALARM FIRE ON BROADWAY IN THE CETRONIA SECTION

January 18, 2012 at 10:28PM

South Whitehall, PA - Shortly before 21:00 hours, Lehigh County sent stations 3, 32, 11 and 62 to 3599 Broadway for a structural fire at the Trexler Park Manor.

Engine 3 arrives and reports smoke from the rear of a 2-story 20x40 building. Police started evacuations but ask the FD to finish the searches.

Truck 3 arrives and goes to the roof to cut a vent hole while crews search and contain the small fire.

Command struck the 2nd alarm for manpower. Units started clearing about an hour into the call.

Station 56 (Upper Macungie) covered station 3 and Whitehall Engine 1 was sent to Woodlawn to cover.



CITY OF ALLENTOWN

ROOM AND CONTENTS ON EAST SIDE HELD TO THE FIRST ALARM COMPANIES

January 18, 2012 at 8:05PM

ROOM AND CONTENTS ON EAST SIDE HELD TO THE FIRST ALARM COMPANIES

Allentown, PA - Early this afternoon, box 3357 was transmitted for an apartment fire at 1005 Hanover Avenue at Jerome Street.

Engines 13, 6, 9, 14, Truck 2 and BN 1 took in the box. Engine 13 arrives to find fire on the second floor of a two-story O/M/D with stores on the first floor.

2 lines were stretched and one operating for a room and contents job in the second floor apartment. Crews darkened down the fire quickly, while other members vented.

Searches came up negative except for two cats and a snake that was rescued.

The fire is under investigation by the Fire Marshall's office.

Photo by staff photographer Mike Nester.