|May 30, 2012 at 5:41PM|
Upper Saucon, Pa. - Upper Saucon Fire and Ambulance responded to the St. Michael the Archangel School at 4121 Old Bethlehem Pike for an unknown problem as 5 fifth grade students passed out in church.
The Lehigh County Haz-Mat team was also alerted to the scene. A check of the buildings with their meters found no gas present and what caused the students to pass out and seven other students to fall ill is unknown.
All the sick children were in the church at the time of the incident. Heat may have contributed to the illness.
Ambulances from around the region assisted. Lower Saucon and Hellertown fire departments also assisted at the scene.
Photo by Staff Photographer Mike Nester.
|May 28, 2012 at 4:46PM|
South Whitehall, Pa. - Firefighters from the Greenawalds Fire Company in South Whitehall Township were toned out to a reported working vehicle fire in the 2800 Block of Cedar Crest Boulevard, around 10 a.m. on Monday May 28th.
The fire was reported by a passing Laury’s Station Fire Officer. Engine 1112 arrived and it’s crew went to work stretching a bumper mounted attack line.
The crew has a knock within minutes of arriving on scene.
Photo and story by Staff Photographer Dennis Wetherhold, Jr.
|May 28, 2012 at 11:29AM|
This video is a quick compilation of DashCam video of the FIRV (Fire Interceptor Response Vehicle) responding through Lower Saucon Township enroute to the Leithsville Volunteer Fire Company 3rd alarm building fire.
As you will see, the heavy black plume of smoke and Upper Saucon's Engine 2711, a 1981 Mack CF tele-squrt passing the FIRV enroute to the fire.
Read the whole story about the fire here.
|May 26, 2012 at 3:18PM|
Ashland, Pa. - At 09:37 hours, Ashland Fire was dispatched to 1307 Race Street for a reported house fire with entrapment.
Police arrived on scene to find smoke showing and ammo exploding in the house.
Ashland Fire Chief then ordered a second alarm to the scene. Searches came up negative.
Mount Carmel, Girardville, Gordon, Englewood and Altamont Fire Companies assisted at the scene.
The fire was under control at 10:20. No injuries were reported.
Story and Video by our Schuylkill correspondent Stephen Barrett.
|May 25, 2012 at 7:49PM|
South Whitehall, Pa. - At 20:08, Greenawalds Rescue 11 was dispatched to 2399 Huckleberry Road for an auto extrication, car into house.
Command went on scene and reported everyone out of the car. All companies were to proceed in and stand-by.
A heavy-duty wrecker was called to remove the car. Building inspectors checked out the structure.
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|May 24, 2012 at 2:17PM|
Lower Saucon, Pa. - Around 1:00 PM, a large dump truck slammed into the Leithsville Fire Station at 1995 Leithsville Road (Rt. 412) at Flint Hill Road.
A dump truck lost its air brakes coming down Flint Hill Road and attempted to make a left turn on Rt. 412.
The truck then slammed into a car and pushing it along with the occupant into the fire house. The driver of the car was killed.
The dump truck driver managed to free himself and stumble out of the fire house. He sustained burns to his arms.
The 3rd alarm fire brought in tankers from across the region. On top of the 3rd alarm, 2 tanker task force were alerted. Companies from Northampton, Lehigh and Bucks Counties assisted in fighting the blaze.
It took firefighters over 2 hours to bring the fire under control and numerous hours more to overhaul.
The passenger car was found during overhaul. The Northampton County Coroners Office was dispatched to the scene.
Check out 40 fire scene photos on our facebook album by clicking here.
DashCAM video below:
|May 23, 2012 at 11:59PM|
Allentown, Pa. - Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 2411 for a report of a structural fire in front of 1136 Maple Street. Maple Street runs parallel to Hamilton 1/2 block south.
Engines 4, 9, 10, Truck 1, Battalion 3 (Atiyeh) respond. Battalion 3 arrives on Maple with nothing showing. After investigating, he finds smoke pushing from the rear of a building on Hamilton.
The corrected address is 1124 Hamilton, a 3-story O/M/D. Engine 4 positions in a rear parking lot and stretches a dry line while Engine 9 positions on Hamilton and stretches a wet line to the second floor. Engine 9 has a water source from a hydrant across the street from the fire building. Engine 10 brought water in for Engine 4.
While stretching the line, Engine 9 has a lady on the third floor that needs to be rescued. Crews from Engine 4 and Engine 10 (also in the rear with 4) go to the 3rd floor to remove the lady from the building while 9 goes to the rear bedroom on the second floor to contain and extinguish the fire.
Battalion 3 signals a working fire, bringing Engine 11 (8) in as the F.A.S.T. company. They position in back of 9. Truck 1 parked on 12th Street.
Secondary searches are negative. The fire was out in 15 minutes.
|May 23, 2012 at 9:39PM|
Whitehall, Pa. - At 13:33 hours, Whitehall Squad 1, Ladder 6, Rescue 8, Rescue 5 were dispatched to the area of Macy's along Route 22 for a worker trapped on top of a billboard after being shocked by an electrical line while replacing vinyl on the board for Adams Outdoor.
Assistant 1A (Hanzl) confirmed three workers on the billboard when he arrived on the scene.
The two workers shocked were lowered by a stokes basket due to the severity of their injuries. The third was removed by the bucket of the tower ladder.
The rescue was complete in 20 minutes.
Photo courtesy of Fullerton Fire Firefighters.
|May 21, 2012 at 5:06AM|
Top photo: Bethlehem 3rd Alarm Sunday morning
Allentown Firefighers battle two-alarm dwelling fire in center city Friday morning
At 11:07am, Allentown 911 center started receiving multiple calls for a house fire at 203 N. Jordan Street. Box 2221 was transmitted and Engines 4, 9, 6, Truck 2 (E11) and Battalion 3 (Atiyeh) responded.
Battalion 3 arrives and transmits a working fire. Heavy fire was venting out of the 2nd and 3rd floor windows of the 3-story M/O/R.
The complete story here.
Working Fire in Emmaus Saturday evening
Police reported heavy smoke from the roof area of 432 Chestnut Street. Crews arrived to find a deck on fire. The fire was quickly extinguished.
6 homes damaged in 3 alarm fire in south Bethlehem Sunday morning
Around 05:00 Bethlehem Fire responded to 546 Montclair Avenue between Summit and W. Packer. Police arrived and found a working fire and alerted the residents.
The fire damaged the roof section of the involved homes. The fire spread quickly and the third alarm was transmitted.
Easton: Man found dead in river
Around 5:00 PM Sunday, police were alerted to a body in the Lehigh River behind the Easton South Mall on Larry Holmes Drive near the WaWa store.
Vehicle roll-over pins man under car
Sunday night around 9:40 PM rescue personnel responded to the area of 4564 Old Bethlehem Pike in Upper Saucon Township for a motor vehicle accident with roll-over.
An elderly male was pinned under the tire of the car. Crews quickly extricated the man. Northampton County station 18 was dispatched to assist Upper Saucon.
|May 20, 2012 at 11:11PM|
The Ocean City Patch article:
A three-story home on the corner of Morningside Road and Beach Road was decimated by a Sunday afternoon fire that damaged a neighboring house and that hospitalized one firefighter due to heat related injuries, according to Deputy Chief Mark McCulley of the Ocean City Fire Department.
Capt. Gary Green was treated and released after overheating and showing signs of high blood pressure while fighting the blaze, according to acting Fire Chief Charles Bowman.
When the firefighters first arrived at the residence at about 3:45 p.m., the fire was already tearing through the second floor of the home, but because two neighboring houses were exposed to damage and because of strong northeast winds, the firefighters focused on first protecting those properties, McCulley said.
"Upon arrival, it was going pretty good," Bowman said.
By 4:30 p.m., the fire was mostly under control, but damage could be seen throughout the entire structure of the house. Although some of the first floor is still intact, the house appears to be a total loss, according to McCulley.
No residents were home at the time of the fire. Residents of neighboring properties were evacuated.
Property tax records from 2011 list George A. and Burnett Brendan Stohner, of Indianapolis, IN, as the owners of the property, which is assessed at $2.6 million.
Firefighters from all three Ocean City fire stations responded, and stations in Marmora and Somers Point provided backup coverage.
Onlookers could be seen on Morningside Road, on the beach opposite of the house, and down side streets watching the blaze at the stately and classic beach-block home.
Cape May County, Ocean City Police Department and Ocean City Fire Department personnel are investigating the cause of the fire but are not expected to make a determination for a couple of days