Port Carbon, Pa. - On 11-28-2012 at 06:30 hours the Port Carbon, Palo Alto, and Pottsville City Fire Department were dispatched to 231 Coal Street for an apartment fire.
Port Carbon Fire Chief arrived to find the first floor of a duplex well involved with fire. He confirmed he had command and has a working fire with all occupants out. He then request for the Saint Clair Tower Ladder and a RIT Team out of Pottsville City.
The fire spread to the home next door and the RIT Team was sent to work. He then had the Schuylkill Haven RIT Team brought to the scene to stand by. The fire was brought under control in an hour and half.
Fire fighters found a Pot growing operation in the house next door. Pottsville-Schuylkill Haven EMS and American Red Cross provided rehab to the cold fire fighters.
Pictures and Story by the Coal Region Correspondent Stephen Barrett.
Bethlehem, Pa. - 02:00 Engines 1, 3, 6 and Ladder 1 were sent to 447 Montclair Avenue for a reported explosion. Bethlehem PD arrived and reported heavy black smoke showing and a civilian trapped on the 3rd floor. City cameras also showed heavy smoke in the area. Within minutes, FD units arrived and reported a working fire in a 3-story Duplex with heavy fire on the 1st floor. Initial arriving apparatus had problems because police cruisers were blocking the street.
Command transmitted the 2nd Alarm, sending Engines 9, 7 and Ladder 2.
Two lines were stretched and put into service. Command also special-called Engine 5 above the second alarm. Within minutes, the bulk of the fire was darkened down. The civilian on the 3rd floor escaped the flames with burns and was treated by EMS and transported to a local hospital.
Investigators determined what was thought to be an explosion, was a flashover of the first floor.
Companies remained on the scene with extensive overhaul. 5 Lehigh University students were displaced by the fire. The smoke detector is credited to alerting them early.
Gilberton, Pa. - A 58 year-old woman from Ashland crashed her car into a vacant home at 412 Main Street around 3:15 PM Saturday. Our Coal Region Correspondent Stephen Barrett was on the scene and wrote the following about the rescue:
Gilberton Fire Department, Mahanoy City West End Rescue, Frackville Ambulance, and Shenandoah ALS were dispatched to 412 Main Street Gilberton for an accident with entrapment.
The caller reported that a passenger vehicle ran into an abandon home and the driver was trapped. Engine 44-15 and Frackville Ambulance arrived to find the vehicle into the home and the female driver heavily entrapped.
EMS personnel entered the vehicle to stabilize the driver for the rescue operation. West End Rescue 993 stabilized the vehicle first and called for additional resources to assist with the technical rescue. Frackville Engine-Rescue responded and worked on stabilizing the collapsing vacant home.
Pottsville Yorkville Rescue 63 responded with its collapse unit and stood by on scene. Altamont Fire Company RIT responded and stood by for any secondary collapses. Life Flight flew to Girardville and then sent its crew to the crash scene.
Rescuers removed the vehicles roof and then the trapped driver from the car and building. The rescue took over 45 minutes to preform and move the patient to the ambulance. Unfortunately, the driver succumbed to her injuries on the scene.
Pottsville, Pa . - On Saturday November 17th at 11:10 hours the Pottsville City Fire Department and the Pottsville-Schuylkill Haven EMS were dispatched to an apartment fire with entrapment.
The caller reported there was a smoke coming from the second floor of their residence and they were trapped on the third floor. The Pottsville City Police arrived on location and reported they had a smoke showing form a double home. A Pottsville Fire Chief arrived to find working kitchen fire with two individuals hanging out the third story windows. The residents jumped to the ground to escape the choking smoke and were injured.
Pottsville EMS immediately requested additional EMS units and started to treat the injured. The assistant fire chief then had the Schuylkill Haven RIT Team added to the incident to respond. Humane Engine 32 first arriving Engine Company and staged on the ALPHA Side of the structure. Ladder 51 parked behind Engine 32 and was ordered to throw ground ladders to the third floor.
Engine 32 fire fighters deployed a hose line to the front entrance of the home. A second hose line was advanced to the rear of the home to the rear entrance. The fire was quickly knocked down with minor exterior extension to the second floor.
Good Will Engine 41 established a water supply from a hydrant a block away and supplied Engine 32. Engine 41 deployed a hose line into the next door exposure home to stop any extension. Yorkville Engine 62 established a water supply from a hydrant on Market Street and laid into the scene. Good Intent Engine 11 parked to the rear of the home on the BRAVO-CHARLIE Corner. Engine 11 fire fighters deployed a hose line to the rear of the home to extinguish the burning exterior wall. Phoenix Ladder 21 staged in in the rear of the home and sent its crew to do ventilation. The rest of the department staged in the area and sent their crews to building to assist with overhaul.
The fire was extinguished in 15 minutes and under control in less of 45 minutes.
Schuylkill Haven RIT Team stood by at the ALPHA-BRAVO Corner and was not activated.
The two injured residents were transported to the Pottsville Helipad and flown to a trauma center.
Story, Video and Photographs by our Coal Region Correspondent Stephen Barrett.
Whitehall, Pa. - For the second night in a row Whitehall firefighters went to work. This time, Friday morning at 2:26 AM Whitehall stations 1 (L.C. 36) and Rescue 5 (L.C. 4041) were dispatched to Route 22 Westbound in the area of 5th and 6th Street for an auto extrication with possible fire.
Engine 1 (squad) was first-due and arrived to a multi-vehicle accident with multiple pins. There was no fire so they went in-service with their tools. Rescue 5 arrives and puts their tools in-service. Rescue 8 (L.C. 3641) supplies manpower. There's 4 cars involved, one on its roof and 3 people pinned. With the heavy entrapment, command special-calls South Whitehall Rescue 11 (Greenawalds).
A total of 2 people were extricated and transported to the hospital in critical condition and one person was declared deceased at the scene. The victim was 24 year old William H. Wilson of Stewartsville, New Jersey. His death has been ruled an accident by Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim.
The highway remained closed until 8:30 AM while the police investigated.
Video was uploaded to YouTube via Mike Nester. Photograph is a screen capture.
Whitehall, Pa - Firefighters were summoned to 820 4th Street around 3:35 AM for a dwelling fire. Engines 1, 2, 12, 6 Truck and Rescue 8 were dispatched. Chief 35 (Benner) arrived and reported a working fire in a 1-story single-family-dwelling and special-called Squrt 3.
Engine 1 (3611) arrived with 3 members and stretched a 2.5 inch blitz line to the 'Bravo' side to protect the exposure. The crew also used the deck gun through the front window to darken down the fire until Engine 2 (3712) arrived with its members to stretch a hand line from Engine 1 through the front door.
Engine 2 also supplied water to Engine 1 from the hydrant and 4th and Chestnut Streets. Once the first engine darkened down the fire with the blitz, they stretched a hand line to the rear and into the basement. Members from Truck 6 went to the roof and cut a vent hole above the fire.
A fourth hand line was stretched from Engine 1 to douse some fire on the exterior of the dwelling.
4 engines, 1 ladder and 1 rescue in-service with all hands operating. The Air Unit from Woodlawn Station 32 is called in to fill air bottles. Chief 35 transmits 'Under Control' at 4:20 AM.
The fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshall office.
Early video and more photos will be posted in this article later. Please check back for the video.
Salisbury, Pa. - At 9:30 AM Tuesday morning, Salisbury Police, Fire and Emmaus EMS responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident with entrapment, car into building at 3235 W. Emaus Avenue at the Bird Mania Store.
Police arrived and found a car completely into the bird store. The driver of the car was removed and transported to a local hospital. Emmaus Rescue 7 was recalled.
Members from Western Salisbury station 31 helped the employee's of the bird shop remove the screaming birds to safety.
Branch Township, Pa. - Branch Township and Minersville Fire Companies were dispatched at 11:50 p.m. to the former China Inn at 1357 Bunting St., Route 209, in the Village of Llewellyn for a large two-story building fire.
Crews found a heavy smoke coming from the second floor and the fire spreading through the rest of the building. Ladder trucks from Pottsville and Minersville were set up and elevated master streams were used a number of times.
Nearby fire hydrant has not been working properly the decision was made immediately to bring in a tanker task force to shuttle water. A number of refill and dump sites were set up near the fire scene.
Due to collapse of ceilings firefighters were removed out of the structure a number of time and exterior hose lines were used. Firefighters using multiple tankers and other units from South Cass, Summit Station, Pine Grove, Heckshersville, Joliett, Phoenix Park, Friedensburg, Mount Carbon, Schuylkill
Haven, Deer Lake-West Brunswick Township, Newtown, Landingville, Branchdale and Minersville responded to the scene.
Multiple fire police units shut down Route 209 while units operated at the fire scene. Pottsville-Schuylkill Haven Area EMS and Minersville EMS provided Rehab at the scene. The fire was brought under control around 3:20 a.m. and the units left the scene before 6:00 hours.
Story and Photographs by the Coal Region Correspondent Stephen Barrett.
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