|June 30, 2012 at 8:08PM|
At 19:48 Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 2126 (9th & Walnut) for 844 Walnut Street on a house fire. Engines 4, 9, 6, Truck 1 and Battalion 4 (Wehr) respond.
Battalion 4 arrives and has heavy smoke pushing from a 2-story End-of-Row and has engine 4 stretch a hand line through the front door. Chief Wehr call's it a working fire.
A second line is stretched into exposure B. That crew doesn't find any fire extension.
Members of the hose line in the fire building find the fire on the first floor rear and darken it down. Crews conduct primary and secondary searches - both come up negative.
Truck 1 positions ground ladders in front of the building and crews begin to vent the fire building and the exposure.
While crews were overhauling and checking for extension, they find some fire in the ceiling on the first floor near the rear of the dwelling.
Engine 10 is the F.A.S.T. company and 14 comes in for a fire stand-by. The Fire Marshall's office is investigating.
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Photo by Bill Rohrer. Video below by Mike Nester.
|June 29, 2012 at 12:42AM|
Heidelberg Twp., Pa. - Germansville Fire Station 10 was dispatched to the intersection of Bake Oven Road and Mountain Road around 14:30 for a report of a tow truck v. car.
Command was established and a medical helicopter was put on stand-by. Crews found a car under the tow truck. The truck was towing a box truck.
EMS at the scene confirmed 4 victims were deceased and one in critical condition. The helicopter was cancelled.
Later in the evening a 5th victim was pronounced dead.
Chopper 6 was over the scene. Their video and photo was embedded on our site for our viewers. All material is owned by WPVI Philadelphia. Read their story by clicking here.
|June 28, 2012 at 9:28PM|
Moore Twp., Pa. - Norco station 48 was dispatched to 3101 West Beersville Road just after 19:00 hours for a reported fully-involved house fire.
Once on scene, command reported a 1-story S/F/D well-involved and the fire just started to vent out of the windows.
Command requested additional apparatus from Stations 45, 46, 47 and 40. A tanker shuttle was established due to the lack of a public water supply.
Early in the fire, it was reported that minor explosions were occurring due to ammunition stored inside of the home.
Crews vented the roof and by 20:19, the fire was placed under control.
|June 28, 2012 at 4:15PM|
Williams Twp., Pa. - A body was discovered hung up on trees in the Delaware River about a quarter-mile north of the Interstate 78 over-pass this morning around 10:30.
It took rescue crews from Easton and Williams Township a good part of the day recovering the body.
The sex of the body is unknown. A female went missing in the Delaware River earlier this week in Harmony Township.
Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Police are investigating the incident.
Photo by Staff Photographer Mike Nester.
|June 27, 2012 at 9:38PM|
Allentown, Pa. - Just after 21:00 hours, Allentown transmitted box 3137 for a house fire at 164 Gordon Street. Engines 6 (5), 4, 9, Truck 2 and BN 4 were assigned.
The fire dispatcher alerted companies that smoke was seen on the street cam. Engine 6 arrived and reported smoke and stretched in with Truck 2 right behind them.
Engine 6 under the command of Lt. James Kutz, led his crew to the basement to find a dryer fire. Engine 6 wet the line and the crew doused the fire within minutes.
Engine 4 arrived at Gordon and Ridge and brought a water supply in for 6. The supply line was not needed due to the quick knock down by Engine 6.
Engine 9 approached from 2nd Street. A fan was set up at the front door to ventilate the home.
Battalion 4 requested a Fire Marshall to the scene. Companies picked up and were out of there by 21:50.
Engine 6 remained on the scene until the Fire Marshall arrived.
|June 24, 2012 at 11:54PM|
This weekend we have something to write about. The big fire incident topping the news starts in Plainfield Township at the RPM Recycling Company late Friday night.
SLATEBELT AREA FIRE DEPARTMENTS BUSY BATTLING 2ND ALARM FIRE AT RPM:
Late Friday night, around 11:55pm, a police officer reported seeing a fire in the RPM Recycling Plant at located at 991 Pennsylvania Avenue in the township just outside of the borough of Wind Gap.
You can see the full story, photos and a video of the fire here.
BOY 7, GRANDMOTHER DROWN IN THE LEHIGH RIVER
A 7 year-old boy and his 49 year-old grandmother drowned in the Lehigh River Friday afternoon around 3:30. They were swimming in the river when the boy got caught up in the fast moving water. The boy was rescued but died later in the hospital.
ONE MAN KILLED IN HEAD-ON CRASH IN UPPER MACUNGIE
The accident happened early Saturday morning around 3:30 on Rt. 222 near Mill Creek Road. A car hit a tractor trailer head-on killing the driver of the car, Walid Rasul, 31 of Allentown. Photo by Staff Photographer Mike Nester.
AUTO EXTRICATION ON TURNPIKE IN NORTH WHITEHALL
Schnecksville Rescue was dispatched to the turnpike, mile post 61.7 southbound just south of Levans Road around 7:00 Saturday night. Chief 22-01 found a car on its roof with occupants trapped. Both lanes were closed as rescue workers used tools to free the occupants. Initial radio reports said that the car was on fire with people inside. 22-01 arrived to find no fire. The southbound lanes were closed for about an hour.
HIGH SPEED CHASE ENDS AS CAR CRASHES IN WHITEHALL
Easton PD was investigating a shots fired call on Butler Street and gave a description of the car out to surrounding departments. Palmer PD spotted the car and gave chase. They headed westbound on Rt. 22 doing speeds near 90 mph. State Police joined the chase. The car exited Rt. 22 to the Fullerton Avenue ramp. The vehicle lost control and crashed just before accessing Fullerton Avenue. 4 suspects fled but 3 were apprehended moments later. The fourth suspect got away. Whitehall police assisted at the scene. Whitehall PD K-9 searched the area but could not locate the 4th suspect. Mike Nester provided the photo.
|June 22, 2012 at 2:51AM|
Plainfield Twp., PA. - Northampton County Fire Radio dispatched Wind Gap area companies to the RPM Recycling plant at 991 Pennsylvania Avenue around 23:50 hours after a police officer reported flames at the facility.
First arriving fire officer confirmed a working fire with explosions and additional companies were requested. Shortly thereafter, additional tankers were requested.
Numerous tanker fill sites were established. Tankers were seen traveling through Wind Gap borough as they were shuttling water to the scene.
It took a few hours to bring the flames under control. Hand lines were used along with a tower ladder to protect exposures.
This recycling plant burned on August 8, 2008 and had numerous smaller fires throughout the years.
|June 20, 2012 at 6:13PM|
Allentown, PA. - Just before 14:30, a woman reported her car stolen in the 200 block of Susquehanna Street on the city's southside - with her 1 year-old baby in still in the back seat.
Police immediately a full search of the city and surrounding area's looking for a 2001 tan Jeep Cherokee.
About 30 minutes later, police find the vehicle with the baby inside in the 600 block of Gordon Street, between 6th and 7th Street in center city after a passer-by heard a cell phone ringing in the car and seen the baby in the back seat.
The baby was not injured and the mother was re-united with her baby.
Staff Photographer Mike Nester provided the photo.
|June 20, 2012 at 6:07PM|
Bethlehem Twp., PA. - Around 12:30, a construction crew struck a gas line outside to the rear of Walmarts on Rt. 191.
170 people were evacuated as Bethlehem Twp. and Nancy Run Fire companies stand-by while the leak is repaired.
UGI made the repairs and by 13:30 hours the store was re-opened. No injuries were reported.
Staff Photographer Mike Nester was on location and provided the photo.
|June 19, 2012 at 7:35PM|
Slatington, PA. - Slatington 24 and Walnutport 29 were sent to the Slatington Elementary School at 1201 Shadow Oaks Lane for the alarm system.
Chief 2401 went on location to find a haze on the 2nd floor of the school and had Lehigh County Comm fill out the box for a structural fire, giving the chief stations 6 and 9.
Ladder 24 set-up in the front of the building and Ladder 29 set up in the rear near the loading dock. Both ladders went to the roof.
Engine companies were ordered to take their high-rise paks and go to the 2nd floor. First due engine connected to the stand-pipe.
A company 29 officer reported that a maintenance worker told him that an AC unit on the roof was leaking and the haze was Freon and not smoke.
Once this was confirmed, crews ventilated the building. There was no fire in the building.