|February 25, 2012 at 6:12PM|
Bethlehem, PA - City firefighters responded at 16:10 hours for a structural fire at 1225 Ramblewood Drive in the area of Livingston.
Crews arrive to find the floor boards of the 1st floor burning. Command strikes the second alarm.
Members stretch 2 hand lines and open up the floor to find a small fire and contain it there. However, with more smoke from the B side, crews open the walls and find minor extension into the wall.
Crews extinguish the fire within minutes.
Photo by Staff Photographer Mike Nester. You can see more videos here.
|February 22, 2012 at 7:13AM|
South Whitehall, PA - Lehigh County dispatched companies 32, 11 and 3 at 02:53 to 1920 Walbert Avenue on a house fire. Callers were reporting smoke from the dwelling.
Police arrive on scene and confirm a working fire with people trapped. 32 command transmits the second alarm, bringing in the remainder of the initial companies and a rescue from Whitehall as the FAST company.
Police officers kick in the front door, but they don't get far as the fire flashes and vents out of the front door. Engine 3211 arrives at the same time as police are forcing entry and stretch a hand line through the front door and quickly darken down the fire on the first floor.
Engine 1112 connects to the hydrant directly across the street and supplies engine 32.
Tower Ladder 331 sets up directly in the front of the fire building and takes their bucket to the porch roof as firefighters find victims on the second-floor during the primary search.
Ladder 331 brings two victims down to EMS crews on the ground. A dog was brought the final victim to be brought down by the tower ladder. The dog did not make it out alive.
2 lines were stretched and operating off engine 3211 and one line was stretched but never wet from engine 1112.
The fire was place under control at 04:57 hours.
Both victims and the dog died in the fire.
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|February 20, 2012 at 1:36AM|
Allentown, PA - Box 2411 was transmitted for a house fire at 111 North 12th Street at 00:26 sending engines 4, 9, 6, Truck 2 and BC 3 (Atiyeh). Engine 4 was on the road and arrived first and reported light smoke showing.
BC 3 arrives to a 4-story vacant multiple dwelling with smoke pushing from the basement. 2 hand lines are stretched off engine 4 to the bulk head door in the rear of the 45 x 35 building. Crews from 4 and 9 advance down the stairs to find a pile of rubbish burning near the oil tank and water heater.
Members from engine 6 and truck 2 force entry to the boarded up building and conduct a search of the 4 floors and vent along the way.
Battalion 3 transmits a working fire and engine 10 is sent as the FAST truck.
Companies started going home about an hour later. The Fire Marshall's office was called in to investigate the fire.
Engine 11 was signaled to the scene for fire watch.
|February 19, 2012 at 10:08PM|
Hoboken, NJ - Staff Photographer Dennis Wetherhold did an awesome job capturing this 4-alarm fire that started around 19:00 hours. Dennis was in Jersey City shooting the 5-alarm fire when this one broke out.
It took firefighters well over 4 hours to bring this fire under control at 300 Washington Street. The fire ran the walls and into the cockloft of the 5-story occupied apartment building.
Dennis gained access to the roof of a building across the street on 3rd Street to shoot some spectacular photos. Firefighters were on the roof hitting hot embers with a water can.
|February 19, 2012 at 7:00PM|
Jersey City, NJ - Staff photographer Dennis Wetherhold responded to Jersey City early Sunday evening for this 5-alarm fire on Monticello Avenue and Fairmount Avenue for a fire in a Laundromat.
A minor collapse of the building on the BRAVO side left one firefighter injured.
When he arrived, the bulk of the fire was knocked down. However, a major fire was developing right across the city limits in Hoboken.
This fire was already at 3-alarms when Dennis responded from Jersey City.
More photos here.
|February 17, 2012 at 9:23PM|
Nazareth, PA - Nazareth firefighters responded to a report of a living room fire at 157 S. Broad Street at 20:00 hours. Chief Fifty arrives and has fire showing on the first-floor of the two-story home. He request that stations 54 (Upper Nazareth) and 53 (Hecktown) respond and 27 (Palmer) for the FAST truck.
Ladder 50 arrives and stretches 2 hand lines to make a quick hit on the fire. Ladder 50 had a water supply from a hydrant at E. Walnut and S. Broad Streets.
All searches come up negative and there is no extension to the upper floors. Initial crews darkened down the fire within 15 minutes.
Fans were started to clear smoke from the building and crews started to mop up.
Engines 5011, 5012, 5412, 5311, 2713 (FAST) and rescue 5041 were working at the fire.
|February 15, 2012 at 10:50PM|
Chalfont, PA - Shortly after 22:00, Bucks County sent companies to 77 Bristol Road, Salvage Direct in area of the railroad tracks for a reported building fire.
Chalfont Chief 34 arrives and has heavy fire through the roof of the 100 x 400 building. Heaviest lines were ordered to go into service and a second-alarm was transmitted.
Bucks County also had another two-alarm fire a short distance away in Telford at 3175 Quarry Road, with fire through the roof at this fire.
Three ladders were in-service with their elevated master streams.
The fire eventually went to three alarms by 22:45 hours. Crews did a good job holding the fire to the office area.
The fire did extend into the work area of the building but firefighters held it from there and stopped the fire from extending to the rest of the large building.
|February 14, 2012 at 5:33AM|
Whitehall, PA - Just before 04:30, the box was transmitted for a house fire at 3308 N. Ruch Street in the Stiles section of the township sending Engines 4 (3911), 3 (3812), 13 (3811), 14 (3912), Truck 6 and Rescue 8.
Assistant Chief Kunkle (4A) reports fire on the second floor of the 2.5 story duplex with a female still inside. First-due engine 4 arrives under the command of Captain Erik Bammer. Bammer and his partner proceed to the second-floor front bedroom where the victim should be. A hose line is stretched behind them by other members of the engine company.
Bammer and his partner search the bedroom and find the victim about 20 feet from the stairs. The nozzle team proceed to the rear bedroom, where the fire was working and they darken down the fire, while the search crew removes the body to the front lawn.
Engine 3 was second-due and their members enter the house to assist in the rescue.
The fire is quickly darkened down using one hand line. Truck 6 arrives and starts to ventilate by taking out the front windows. The fire was venting out of a 2nd floor rear window on arrival.
A booster line was stretched for mop up after the initial fire was knocked down.
This is another great job by the Whitehall Fire Department. This is the 3rd rescue within a few months for this department.
The 56 year-old victim died of injuries sustained in the fire. She was believed to have re-entered the home to rescue her cats.
|February 10, 2012 at 8:20PM|
Lower Saucon, PA - t 10:50; Northampton County 911 dispatched a box for a dwelling for a fire in the attached garage. Chief 18 advised of heavy smoke 1 mile out and with radio transmissions advising multiple calls received he filled out the 1st alarm assignment.
He arrived to a well-involved 2-story single-family dwellling. He ordered the engine crew to pull the Blitz Fire to try and knock down the bulk of the fire. He also ordered another engine crew through the front door to try and make a stop.
But it was to late. The fire traveled vertically and into the attic space of the large house. The fire traveled the roof and eventually made it to the other side.
Tower Ladder 18 was set up and flowing water along with multiple large hand lines. At one point, Chief 18 ordered the evacuation of the building and went to exterior operations.
Command also noted that many hydrants in the subdivision were not working. He struck a tanker task force alarm bringing in 5 additional tankers.
Bulk of the fire was knocked down in 1.5 hours.
Multiple mutual aide companies from Northampton, Lehigh and Bucks County assisted.
Check out the photo gallery of this fire with 49 photos here
|February 06, 2012 at 10:36PM|
Alburtis, PA - Companies were sent to 104 Cobblestone Court at 20:29 hours for a report of a dwelling fire.
Multiple call were received by 911 operators for a report of a deck on fire.
Alburtis FD arrived to find the deck and the rear portion of the 2-story end-of-row burning. The fire extended into the dwelling causing damage on the inside.
Crews stretched two hand lines and darkened down the flames quickly. No one was injured.
Photo courtesy of the Alburtis Fire Department.