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Lehigh County

2ND ALARM: CHIMNEY FIRE EXTENDS TO ROOF OF NORTH WHITEHALL DWELLING

January 29, 2013 at 8:27PM

North Whitehall, Pa. -11:00 AM Lehigh County transmitted the box for a chimney fire at 4568 Scheidys Road in North Whitehall sending companies 12, 16, 22 and Whitehall Engine 4 (LC 3911).

With reports of smoke showing, command struck the 2nd alarm.

Laurys Station's Tanker 1221 positioned in front of the house and stretched a hand line. Command ordered Whitehall's Engine to bring in a water supply. Whitehall dropped a 4 inch line from Lenape Drive and Scheidys but they didn't have enough hose to make the scene. The 5" from Tanker 1221 was used to complete the supply line.

Tower Ladder 1631 positioned on the Delta side (Spring Street) and went in-service to the roof where it's members cut a vent hole in the roof.

Lehigh Township Engine 4712 positioned in the intersection. Numerous ground ladders were set-up around the house.

Companies made quick progress and had the bulk of the fire out within 20 minutes.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  


Northumberland County

COAL REGION: 2ND ALARM TRANSMITTED FOR 4 HOMES IN KULPMONT

January 28, 2013 at 11:14PM

Kulpmont, Pa. - On January 28th at 05:00 the Kulpmont, Mount Carmel, Shamokin, Mount Carmel Township, Coal Township Fire Departments space and AREA EMS were dispatched to a house fire at 916 Chestnut Street in Kulpmont. Kulpmont fire engines arrive first on the scene is to find a single home fully involved with fire.

The Kulpmont Fire Chief then quickly had the second alarm dispatched to the scene. Additional fire companies from Mount caramel Township and Coal Township where then dispatch to the fire.

Fire fighters used large hose lines to attack the fire in a defensive mode to knock down the heavy flames. The fire quickly jumps to the exposure home on the Delta side. Firefighters enter exposure home with hose lines to stop the fire extension.

The main fire building collapse and threaten the exposure homes. The conditions in the Delta Side exposure home became dangerous and the home was evacuated. Mount Carmel Ladder 2 operated its elevated master stream on the two burning homes.

Firefighters continued to use their deck guns and monitors in front and back of the home in a defensive mode. The fire continued to burn until place under control late in the morning. Heavy equipment was brought in to help remove the burning rubble from the fire’s location.

The fire chief believes the fire is possible accidental and does not look suspicious. This is the fourth working fire in the Shamokin area within the last week during extreme cold weather.

Photos and Video by our Coal Region correspondent Stephen Barrett.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire  


city of allentown

DEADLY HEAD-ON CRASH KILLS ONE ON THE EASTSIDE

January 27, 2013 at 6:06PM

Allentown, Pa. - At 01:10 AM, Allentown Comm needed one engine for a car accident with possible fire in the 1700 block of Hanover Avenue (Quebec - Randolph Sts) and asked Battalion 43 for an engine from a house fire they were responding to at Hanover and Irving Sts.

Engine 9 was diverted from the house fire to the accident. When they arrived they found 2 vehicles head-on with multiple people trapped and requested the rescue box be filled out.

Rescue box 3535 was transmitted for an auto extrication sending Engines 14 and 11 to assist Engine 9.

Two people were pinned in one car while the driver in car 2 was self-extricated. Engine 9 has rescue tools and the 3 members of that company went to work taking the roof and doors off the car. The driver was D.O.A. and the passenger was extricated and transported to the trauma center in unknown condition.

Engine 11 arrived and moments later diverted to the working house fire in the 400 block of Irving Street.

The coroner was requested to the scene.

Tags:   Accident   Allentown    Fatality  


Montgomery County

DEADLY SHOPPING CENTER FIRE GOES TO 2 ALARMS + SPECIAL-CALLS IN CHELTENHAM, PA

January 25, 2013 at 10:52AM

Cheltenham, Pa. - Shortly after 11:00 AM, Cheltenham Twp. companies were dispatched to Melrose Shopping Center, 59 Cheltenham Avenue on a building fire.

Companies found heavy smoke and fire from a beauty supply store. Firefighters pulled one civilian from the building and started CPR. That person died at the hospital.

The fire quickly extended and burned through the roof. A second alarm was transmitted. As the fire extended through the cockloft and parapet, command requested an additional 1 engine and 1 truck above the 2nd alarm.

The fire appears to have started in a beauty supply store and the chemicals stored inside fueled the fire.

2 firefighters were injured.

View the photo gallery of this fire by clicking here.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Fatality   Structure Fire  


City of Allentown

MAYDAY TRANSMITTED WHEN WALL COLLAPSED AT 3 ALARM RESTAURANT FIRE, 5 FFs INJURED

January 22, 2013 at 6:53PM

Allentown, Pa. - At 4:20 AM Allentown transmitted box 2723 for smoke from a restaurant at 23rd & Walnut Streets sending Engines 10, 4, 9, Truck 2 and Cars 43 & 45.

Crews arrive and find heavy smoke pushing from the 3-story restaurant. Engine 10 signals a working fire and with that signal, Engine 11 was assigned as the F.A.S.T. company.

Battalion Chief Wehr special-calls an additional engine, bringing in Engine 6. As the smoke intensified and members found heavy fire in the building, Battalion 43 transmits the 2nd alarm and puts Engine 11 to work as the second ladder company. With only two engines left in the city and one being assigned on the second alarm, Wehr requests the last engine for the F.A.S.T. company. This making it the 3rd alarm. Engines 13 and 14 are dispatched.

Battalion 43 evacuated all members from the building shortly after and went to a defensive mode. As the fire progressed, multiple hand lines were put into operation along with 2 aerial devices. At 6:46 AM, a Mayday was transmitted when a wall collapsed on the charlie side of the building trapping multiple firefighters.

They were pulled from the collapse and rushed to a nearby trauma center.

5 firefighters were injured battling this blaze. Winds and freezing temperatures hindered the operation. The streets were iced over.

Photo Gallery of this fire with over 40 photos can be viewed by clicking here.

Tags:   3rd Alarm    Allentown    Structure Fire  


city of allentown

ALLENTOWN FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING RESTAURANT FIRE; MULTIPLE FIREFIGHTERS INJURED, MORE ON THIS LATER

January 22, 2013 at 7:04AM

ALLENTOWN FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING RESTAURANT FIRE; MULTIPLE FIREFIGHTERS INJURED, MORE ON THIS LATER

Allentown, Pa. -Firefighters responded to a report of smoke from a restaurant at 4:20 AM today and on arrival found heavy smoke pushing from the Youell's Oyster House at 23rd and Walnut Streets.

The fire escalated to 3 alarms. The fire consumed the entire structure. At 6:46 AM, a mayday went out when a wall collapsed on three firefighters. They were transported to a local hospital. Their condition is unknown.

We will have a complete updated article, full fireground video and photos later today.

Tags:   3rd Alarm    Allentown    Structure Fire  


City of Allentown

3RD ALARM: COMPANIES BATTLE FIRE IN MULTIPLE ROWHOMES ON THE NORTHSIDE DAMAGING AT LEAST 5 HOMES

January 20, 2013 at 5:51PM

Allentown, Pa. - Allentown Fire Dispatch transmitted box 2323 (5th & Washington) at 13:45 for a reported house fire for 501 Washington Street. Engines 6, 4, 9, Truck 2 and battalion 43 (Wehr) were sent on the ticket.

With companies enroute, dispatch informed responding companies they received a second source from 503 Washington for a bathroom fire on the 3rd floor.

Engine 6 arrives and reports smoke showing and transmits the working fire signal. Engine 13 was assigned the F.A.S.T. duties on the transmission of that signal.

Battalion 43 had lines stretched into the original fire building, a 3-story Middle-of-Row. Smoke was pushing from homes up to 507 Washington. The battalion chief special-called an additional engine, sending Engine 10 to the scene.

As smoke continued to push from multiple homes, the Battalion transmitted the second alarm. Engines 14 and 11 along with cars 40, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48 and Air Unit 1 were sent to the scene.

4 lines were stretched and operating during the fire. Crews made an aggressive attack and kept the fire from spreading even in the high winds that they were working against.

With all city apparatus on scene, this fire is the equivalent of a 3 alarm fire. Lehigh County Volunteer companies were moved up to city stations to cover the city.

Tags:   3rd Alarm    Allentown    House Fire  


Lehigh County

3 COMPANIES BATTLE GARAGE FIRE ON BATH AVENUE EARLY SATURDAY MORNING

January 19, 2013 at 9:21PM

Catasauqua, Pa - 3:20 AM Saturday morning Stations 2 and 18 were dispatched to the area of Race and 10th Street for a fire. Command arrived and found fire venting from the rear windows of a 1-story two car garage and special-called Greenawalds 11 for a F.A.S.T. company.

Ladder 231 arrived and positioned near the front of the structure. Engine 212 positioned in front of the truck company and stretched a hand line.

Engine 211 brought a water supply from 10th and Race to the scene and stretched a hand line.

Members darkened down the bulk of the fire within 10 minutes and performed overhaul. 2 cars were damaged inside the structure.

The fire marshal is investigating.

Tags:   Lehigh County   Structure Fire  


Lehigh County

3 COMPANIES RESPOND TO STRUCTURAL FIRE ON EAST RACE STREET

January 15, 2013 at 11:15PM

Hanover, Pa. -4:36 PM Lehigh County Han-Le-Co station 33 was dispatched to 1810 E. Race Street for a structural fire for a report of smoke from the roof.

A Fire Police officer reported smoke showing. Chief 33-03 special-called Catasauqua 2. Chief 33-01 requested Hanover Twp. Northampton County stationi 15.

Ladder 231 arrived and positioned on the "Bravo" side of the building. Ladder 33-31 arrived and positioned on the "Delta" side and and stretched one hand line. Crews were working around a garage door with tools.

Engine 3311 dropped a 5 inch supply to Ladder 3331. Chief 2 requested a second hand line for the interior crews in case they needed it.

The smoldering fire extended into the roof area of the structure and members opened up the roof to gain access.

4 engines, 3 trucks and a squad were on the scene.

Engines 3311, 211, 212, 1512, Ladders 231, 3331, 1521 and Squad 3351. The L.V.I.A. Fire Department was dispatched and responded also.

Race Street was closed for the duration of the fire and made major traffic congestion on Airport Road at rush hour.

Tags:   Lehigh County   Structure Fire  


Lehigh County

STAND-OFF AT LEHIGH COUNTY HOTEL ENDS PEACEFULLY AFTER S.W.A.T. TAKES SUSPECT INTO CUSTODY

January 14, 2013 at 7:48PM

Hanover Twp., Pa - It all started in the early afternoon hours Monday when State Police and other agents started gathering at the Knights Inn & Suites located at 1880 Steelstone Road. They were looking for a wanted person that was checked-in at this hotel and located in a 3rd floor room.

Many people were seen coming and going as the S.W.A.T. team prepared outside in the parking lot. Dozens of unmarked and marked State Police cars arrived over the course of a few hours. Multiple S.W.A.T. vans and trucks arrived along with a paramedic rig.

Snipers were in the field behind the complex. Some guests' were ordered out of their rooms.

Police took the subject into custody without incident.

Tags:   Police   SWAT