|August 31, 2012 at 11:32PM|
Allentown, Pa. - At 15:44 hours, Allentown Box 2424 was transmitted for 1440 Walnut Street, the Episcopal House high-rise for a fire. Engines 10, 4, 9, Truck 2, Engine 11 and Car 43 (Held) responded on the high-rise box.
Crews had light smoke on the first and second floors of the 20-story occupied multiple dwelling and further investigation found smoldering fire in the walls and ceiling where construction workers were welding. A supply line was established and a hand line was stretched and put in service.
Truck 2 members used the bucket to gain access to a void in the ceiling from the exterior and put water on the fire, while interior crews checked for extension and used the Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) to look for hot spots.
Crews worked for over an hour dousing the stubborn hidden fire.
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|August 30, 2012 at 10:16PM|
My guess is this video was shot in Ashbourne, Ireland. Seconds after the fire brigade arrived, the parking brake finally let loose and the car started rolling down the street. Nearly missing the police car and the bus the videographer was on.
At 00:18 of the video, a firefighter tries to stop the car from rolling down the street. Notice I said tries? The human wheel chock can't stop a car.
The videographer writes this about the video:
My apologies for the vertical nature of the video, but it's 1080p so you can fullscreen it for detail.
A parked car went on fire, then seconds after the fire brigade arrived the handbrake finally went, and it rolls down the road nearly hitting a Garda car and the bus I was on. Fair play to the firemen running in front of it to stop it, I could feel the heat from inside the bus.
|August 29, 2012 at 10:59PM|
Allentown, Pa. - Allentown PD, EMS and Engines 6 and 9 answered a call for a car accident with car fire at the intersection of 6th and Linden Streets at 17:45 and slowly down commuters during rush hour.
Three cars were involved in the crash. Two cars ended up near the Southwest corner of 6th and Linden and the third vehicle on the sidewalk in the middle of the 600 block of Linden Street.
Two medic units transported up to three people who were injured in the crash.
Original dispatch also reported a car on fire as a result of the crash. Medic 100 arrived and reported no fire. Engine 6 remained on the scene assisting the medic units and Engine 9 was released to go home.
|August 28, 2012 at 6:00PM|
Quakertown, Pa. - Shortly after 12:05 PM, crews from Quakertown and Richland Township responded to a report of a structure fire at 130 Penn Am Drive. The business listed at the address on google is Lehigh Defense.
Quakertown 17 command arrives and reports numerous pallets with boxes on fire against the building and the warehouse is charged with smoke and will need to be ventilated.
Command orders Engine 17-1 to stretch the bumper hand line. 18 Truck arrives behind 17-1. The fire is extinguished in a few minutes. 3 fire extinguishers were used on the fire before the arrival of the fire department. Other companies are held in the street and used for ventilating the large one-story warehouse.
Lehigh Defense is described on there website as: For the better part of two decades the principles behind Lehigh Defense have been involved in the Aerospace & Defense, Firearms, and Ammunition industries. Lehigh Defense is the result of the accomplishments of two of our other companies, Millennium Manufacturing, Inc. and Lehigh Bullets. We have not confirmed this is the business in the building that was involved in this emergency but their address is listed as 130 Penn Am Drive.
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|August 27, 2012 at 10:16PM|
Allentown, Pa. -7:38 PM Allentown Box 4115 (S. 4th & St. John) was transmitted for a structural fire for 942 S. 4th Street. Allentown 911 received two calls for a car burning inside and a bay on fire at the Allentown Collision Auto Shop.
Engines 11, 14, 6, Truck 2 and Car 43 responded. Engine 14 arrived and signaled a working fire, with that transmission, Engine 9 became the designated F.A.S.T. company.
The business was closed, so 14 forced entry into the building and stretched in. Truck 2 set-up in front of the building and went to the roof to check for extension.
A second hand line was stretched to back up the first line. Ethanol fuel was leaking from the car and posed a problem for firefighters.
A third line was stretched from Engine 11 and was established as a foam line. As the fuel continued to burn under the car, Command special-called one additional engine, and Engine 4 became the designated special-call engine above the 1st alarm.
With 3 lines stretched and operating, the fire was finally darkened down about 50 minutes later. Most of the fire damage was contained to the car.
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|August 23, 2012 at 6:34PM|
Allentown, Pa. - Box 2336 (8th & Greenleaf) was transmitted at 12:01 for a report of a house fire at 854 N. 8th Street between Greenleaf and Cedar. It was dispatched with possible entrapment.
Engine 4, 9, 6, Truck 2 and Car 43 (Wehr) responded. Companies arrived to heavy smoke and fire showing from a 3-story M/O/R.
Engine 4 stretched in and immediately began an interior attack. Crews darkened down the fire on the first and second floors. The rear porch roof ignited as the fire vented out of the rear of the dwelling.
The 2nd alarm was transmitted immediately sending Engines 10, 13 and 14. The 3rd alarm was transmitted by Chief 40 (Scheirer) bringing in Engine 11.
The fire extended to the Delta exposure and Delta 1 via the cockloft and walls. The bravo exposure also sustained fire damage.
Crews stretched multiple hand lines. Engine 11 positioned on Greenleaf and stretched a feeder line into the alley in the rear. A hand line was used to hit the fire on the exterior of 854 and 856. The line was then stretched into the rear second floor of exposure Delta 1. Members in this exposure were pulling ceilings in an attempt to stop the fire from spreading to the next exposure.
Command transmitted a 10-69 (evacuation) of the fire buildings as the fire intensified in the cockloft of the exposures.
The 4th alarm was transmitted sending reserve engines 5, 8 and reserve truck 1 to the scene plus all off-duty firefighters.
Trucks 2 and 1 were set up on 8th Street with their elevated master streams as the fire blew through the roof of the exposures. Engine 11's ladder was set up on Greenleaf.
The fire burned out of control for more than 3 hours and were still operating 5 hours later.
5 firefighters were injured during the blaze along with 1 civilian. An air-conditioned tent was set up to rehabilitate the firefighters.
The fire might have started in the kitchen.
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|August 21, 2012 at 4:49PM|
Whitehall, Pa. - Right This Minute (RTM) Facebook page describes the TV show as a daily news and entertainment program that takes social and mobile media, the internet, and citizen reporters and wraps them all into the thrill of discovery. RightThisMinute is a show designed for active viewers who want to stay informed. It is a fast-paced roundup of the most timely, engaging and explosive stories, as well as the stories that viewers determine are of most interest. The most-incredible video, the stories that make people stop and think, compelling human-condition stories, and the next day’s popular "water cooler" stories will be covered in every RightThisMinute episode.
Newsworking's Bill Rohrer licensed the dramatic video of the young lady and her two children who were rescued from the Lehigh River on Saturday to RTM to use on their TV show and website. Below is the clip from the TV show.
|August 18, 2012 at 10:19PM|
Coplay, Pa - A young woman and her two small children were rafting down the Lehigh River when the raft was punctured. The trio ended up on the rocks under the Chestnut Street bridge in Coplay. The mother yelled for help over an hour until a fisherman on the eastern shore line heard her cries for help.
At 17:45, Coplay Fire #5 and Cetronia EMS were dispatched for the water rescue. Once on scene, they requested the dive team and marine units from Whitehall and Northampton.
A paramedic from Cetronia went out into the water and grabbed the lady while she hung on to her children. A member from Whitehall's Dive unit went out and brought the two children to safety before the marine units were launched. All 3 were brought to safety without injury.
Video and photos by Bill Rohrer.
|August 15, 2012 at 10:21PM|
Allentown, Pa. - TV station 69-WFMZ announced that it was nominated for 7 Emmy Awards by the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The 69 News team was nominated in categories including evening newscast, general assignment report, politics and government, and documentary.
The documentary, Timebomb: Allentown Gas Explosion was nominated for best documentary. Involved in the production was Jaccii Farris, Executive Producer/Docujournalist, Amy Unger, Writer/Docujournalist and Albert Castro, Editor/Docujournalist.
Videographer's Bill Rohrer and Mike Nester provided video for the documentary. Bill was one of the first photographers on the scene and later was backed-up by Mike. Newsworking and Nester Video Productions is happy to be a part of WFMZ's production of this important documentary.
Timebomb documents the events leading up to and the after effects of the devastating gas explosion that rocked the 13th and Allen Street neighborhood in Allentown on February 9th 2011. Jaccii Farris interviews neighbors, UGI officials, State officials and officials from the Allentown Fire Department on what caused this explosion and what it has done to this close knit neighborhood.
The awards will be presented in September.
This news story made national headlines.
|August 15, 2012 at 1:50PM|
Allentown, Pa. - 10:30 hours Allentown engines 11, 9, 14, Medic 2, Medic 3, Medic 100 and Battalion 43 responded to a report of the auto extrication on Interstate 78 westbound at Lehigh Street.
Medic 100 arrived and reported 2 pinned and numerous people injured with about 8 cars involved and transmitted a level 1 MCI.
The level 1 incident brought in EMS rigs from Lehigh County EMS stations 62, 63, 66, 73 and 75.
One person in a gold car was reported pinned. The victim in a black car was reported to be class 5 or DOA.
The highway was shut down for several hours while State Police investigated the crash.
Staffer Mike Nester was on the scene and provided the photos.