Pottsville, Pa. -Pottsville Fire responded to 217 Schuylkill Avenue for a house fire after 15:30 hours on Friday, November 22. Jason Witmier, assistant fire chief for Pottsville said when companies arrived they had heavy smoke pushing from the front windows and heavy fire blowing out of the rear of 217.
By 17:00 hours, the fire escalated to 3 alarms as the fire was consuming 4 homes, 213, 215, 217 and 219 Schuylkill Avenue. The fire was under control by this time but heavy smoke was still pushing from the homes.
At 18:15 hours, command reported a major collapse of 213 Schuylkill Avenue. By 19:00, companies were being released.
4 homes were damaged, 10 people displaced and 4 injuries, including one firefighter.
Video and photos by our Coal Region correspondent Stephen Barrett.
At 00:09 Saturday morning Berks Fire Radio sent Engines 46, 35, 21, Ladder 46, Rescue 46 and EMS 590 to 137 Wentz Street for a reported structure fire. Chief 46 goes responding and Berks Fire advises the chief that the caller is reporting a house on fire with flames showing to the rear of the duplex and that all occupants are out of the house.
Chief 46 arrives on location reporting a 2-1/2 story duplex with heavy fire on the "charlie" side. Engine 46 brings water to the fire from Whiteoak Street and Ladder 46 is ordered to approach from Greenwich Street. Ladder 46 arrives and positions in front of the dwelling.
Chief 46 orders a 1-3/4" hand line to the front door and a second 1-3/4" hand line to the charlie side to knock down the fire between the exposures. The chief orders Engine 46 to stop short of the house to leave room for the ladder company.
At 00:18, the chiefs progress report states the fire is extending into the exposure.
At 00:23, Chief 46 strikes out the 2nd alarm. Berks Fire Radio sends Engines 33, 45, Ladder 33, 45 and Alburtis Rescue 1.
Chief 46 orders Topton Ladder 21 to the rear of the dwelling on Cemetery Lane. Engine 21 is ordered to lay in from the plug at Greenwich and Wentz and supply their ladder in the alley. Engine 35 is ordered to lay in from another plug on Whiteoak due to the original hydrant Engine 46 connected to is out-of-service.
A third hand line is stretched to the exposure (Alpha Bravo) from Engine 46 and a fourth hand line stretched to the original fire building 2nd floor.
The 3rd alarm is eventually transmitted bringing in companies from Lehigh County. Special-called above the third alarm is Berks Engine 12, 44 and Ladder 12.
2 civilians were treated for smoke inhalation and burns. They were transported to LVHC in Lehigh County. A cat and dog died in the fire. Fire officials determined that the resident fell asleep while cooking. The fire was under control about 1.5 hours after the initial dispatch.
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Sellersville, Pa. - Late Wednesday night Sellersville area Fire Departments respond to Maple and Lawn Avenues for a building fire.
On arrival, firefighters were met with heavy fire on the first floor and basement of a 3-story vacant factory. All the windows are boarded up on the building that was built around 1892 and housed the Otto Eisenlohr and Brothers Cigar Factory.
Sellsersville command quickly transmitted the second alarm. As firefighters darkened down the fire, a third alarm was transmitted for relief purposes.
Multiple hand lines were in operation along with 3 tower ladders. Firefighters hit hot spots on the upper floors. The Fire Marshals office was called in to investigate.
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Allentown, Pa. - At approximately 02:40 Allentown transmitted box 3162 for a house fire with the address of 1108 ½ Catasauqua Avenue sending Engines 6, 9, 4, Truck 2, Bn 43 and Engine 13 as the F.A.S.T. company.
Enroute, Fire Dispatch advised the companies Police were on location reporting a fire. Engine 6 went on location and reported smoke in the rear of a 3-story Middle of Row. They positioned in front of the fire address and Truck 2 positioned behind them.
Police also advised that there are live power lines down in the back. Battalion 43 arrives shortly after 6 and takes command. Engine 6 stretches a hand line into the fire address and starts to put water on the fire located to the rear of the dwelling. Engine 6 takes the hydrant at Catasauqua & Dale for a water supply.
Engine 13 went in-service as the 2nd due engine and Engine 4 became the F.A.S.T. company.
Engine 4 goes into the ‘B’ exposure (1108) and reports that they have fire extension on all floors and calls for an additional hand line. Battalion 43 requests another company be assigned the F.A.S.T. and Fire Dispatch gives Engine 14 that assignment.
Engine 9 dropped a supply line down the alley to the rear of the fire building and stretched a hand line to the back of the fire buildings.
Within 10 minutes, 43 strikes the 2nd alarm, sending in Engine 10. He orders 10 to bring a water supply from the next intersection north of the fire on Catasauqua Avenue & Lincoln. They nosed into the front of Engine 6 and supplied the Tower Ladder. Air 1 also comes in on the 2nd alarm, along with Chief 40, 46 and 48. FM 45 responded on the initial dispatch. 45 took command of the rear sector.
By 03:15 the 3rd alarm was transmitted bringing in the last piece of apparatus, Engine 11. Mutual Aid companies from the suburbs were called into city stations to cover.
The fire rapidly extended to almost the entire row via the cockloft. 7 homes were damaged in this fire.
By 06:30, the fire was declared under control. 1 Firefighter was injured.
Catasauqua, Pa. - Lehigh County Fire Radio transmitted the box for an apartment building fire for the address 2 Front Street at Silver Manor, sending Catasauqua 2, North Catasauqua 18 and EMS 75 at 15:08. They also received the alarm system for apartment 402.
Police arrived at 15:10 and reported a working apartment fire.
207 transmitted the 2nd alarm upon receiving the size-up from Police. Lehigh County transmitted the 2nd at 15:14, sending Whitehall Engines 1, 2, 3, Rescue 8, Hanleco Engine 3311, Greenawalds Rescue 1141 (F.A.S.T.) and Northampton County station 14.
Whitehall Chief 1A (3602) arrived and went inside to investigate and found a fire in the exterior wall and ordered the ladder to the 4th floor. He reported that this is no "room & contents" job.
As the fire extended to the cockloft, extra companies were special-called (3rd alarm equivalent) sending to the scene Hanorco Tower Ladder 15, Northampton Boro Engine 42 and Woodlawn 32.
Engine 3311 laid a supply line on Race Street over the railroad tracks. Command had Southern Norfolk notified to stop all train traffic until further notice.
Whitehall's Engine 1 (3611) had the hydrant at Front and Race Street and stretched one line to the 4th floor interior.
Ladder 231 positioned on side 4 (North) of the building. Whitehall's Squrt, Ladder 33 and Norco Tower Ladder 15 all positioned on side 2 (South) and went into service. Truck company members worked on opening up the roof and made a good stop of the fire in the cockloft.
Other members worked on the fire escape to open up the exterior wall and extinguished the fire in the walls. All searches came up negative.
One firefighter received minor injuries.
4 hand lines were stretched and 3 were in operation.
Horsham, Pa. - What started as a small brush fire around 2:15 PM Sunday at 298 Blair Mill Road, consumes 2-story office building by the time it's all over. The fire escalated to 3 alarms upon arrival of the first due companies. Video above by Phillyfirenews.com
Video below and all Photos by Jayson Wagner Photography.
Approximately 17:35 hours, Philadelphia Fire Radio transmitted box 1232 for 4th and Monroe Streets, for a fire in a store located at 748 South 4th Street, sending Engines 11, 3, 10, 53, Snorkel 2, Ladder 5, Battalion's 4, 1 and Rescue 1.
Engine 11 arrives minutes later and reports a 3-story storefront with light smoke showing and puts 1 and 1 in-service. Fire Radio signals the balance of the box to proceed in and stand-by.
Shortly after arrival, Battalion 4 places all hands in-service for a fire in the Jack B. Fabric store. Members were having trouble finding the seat of the fire in the basement. Fire Radio dispatched Ladder 27 as the Rapid Intervention Team with Medic 40 and Squad 47.
Just after 18:00 hours, the second alarm was struck.
By 18:21 hours, The 3rd floor roof collapsed onto the 2nd floor roof, trapping Captain Mike Goodwin, 53 and a 29-year veteran, of Ladder 27. Firefighter Andrew Godlinski, 28, of Ladder 2 was injured when trying to rescue the Captain. He was rushed to Jefferson Hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. The third alarm was struck.
The Collapse unit was requested for the captain who was considered missing. When crews finally reached him, he already passed but was rushed to the hospital.
On April 9th 2012, Philadelphia Fire Department lost 2 members to a building collapse. NewsWorking was on the scene of that blaze and caught the collapse on video. We have made it available below.
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Allentown, Pa. - Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 2255 (7th & Liberty) at 12:30 PM for house fire at 509 N. 7th Street, sending Engines 9 (8), 4, 6, Truck 2 and Battalion 43. Immediately after the box was transmitted, the dispatcher found on the street video cam heavy fire in the block and sent Engine 10 as the F.A.S.T. company.
Engine 9 arrived and found heavy fire venting from the first floor window and heavy smoke pushing from the upper floors. Car 43 signaled a working fire in a 3-story Middle-of-the-Row.
At 12:38, car 43 transmitted the 2nd alarm, bringing in the balance of the box, Engine 13 (5), Engine 14, Air 1, Car 40, 46, 47 and 48. 2 hand lines were stretched into the structure while Truck 2's bucket went to the upper floors. Crews found heavy fire throughout the structure.
Crews went into exposures 2 (511) and 4 (507) to check for extension. Searches of the buildings found 2 dogs that were brought out to safety and appeared to be okay.
Crews in 507 found heat damage and worked on opening up walls.
Chief 40 (R. Scheirer) transmitted the 3rd alarm, sending the last piece of apparatus available in the city to the fire scene, Engine 11. Lehigh County Volunteer companies were moved up to cover city stations.
The Red Cross was notified for two families.
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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.
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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.
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