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At 14:35 Tuesday, Northampton Borough Fire was dispatched to 2110 Canal Street at the Tri-Boro Sports Club for a reported brush fire with exposure problems.
While responding, a significant column of smoke was visible coming from the area. As crews arrive they quickly upgrade the assignment to a structure fire with a garage being well involved.
Firefighters worked for about an hour to bring the fire which consumed the building an what appeared to be a trailer under control. Crews pulled water from the Lehigh River to battle the fire which will be investigated by the Fire and Police Departments
At 12:06 Lehigh County Fire Radio answered calls for report of smoke from the Diamond Fire Company. Stations 29, 24 and EMS 67 was dispatched to 209 Washington Street for a structural fire.
Chief 29 signs on the radio and immediately transmits the 2nd alarm for a working fire at the companies social quarters located at 100 Main Street, across from the main station.
Lehigh County transmits the 2nd alarm at 12:06 sending the balance of stations 29 and 24 plus ladder 47 (Lehigh Township).
At 12:11, Chief 29 struck out the 3rd alarm as the fire vented through the roof. Lehigh County sent Engines 6-11, 9-11, Engine 714 (Palmerton), Ladder 16, Ladder 721 and Air 32-92.
The chief ordered Ladder 47 to the front of the structure, while Ladder 29 took the rear. Slatington's Ladder 24 positioned in the parking lot of the social quarters (side 4). Ladders 47 and 24 put their ladder pipes into operation to make a hit on the fire and darken down the bulk of the fire.
Tower ladders 7-21 and 16-21 were positioned on Washington Street (Side 2) and were ordered to work that side of the building. Once the water supplies were established for the ladders, in a matter of minutes the fire darkened down.
The 4th alarm was transmitted at 12:13 sending Carbon County Engine 112, Ladder 523, Northampton County Ladder 42 and Ladder 46 and Lehigh County Engine 16.
The building is well over 100 years old and was no match for this wind driven fire. The fire is under investigation.
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Around 3:00 AM Saturday morning, city firefighters answer a call for a reported building fire at 8th and Oley Streets. Companies find a 6-story factory with fire showing.
Within the hour, the fire escalates to 4-alarms and numerous surrounding fire departments are brought in to help city firefighters. The fire possibly started on the 1st floor and quickly extended vertically through an elevator shaft. The fire engulfed the top floor. Numerous ladder pipes were put in service along with numerous ground monitors.
Firefighters spent most of the day extinguishing hot spots throughout the large complex which was being renovated and converted into apartments and retail space. Those plans appear to be on hold for now.
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At 15:54 Sunday afternoon, Lehigh County 9-1-1 sent South Whitehall Stations 3, 32, 11, Salisbury Station 31 and Alburtis Station 1 for Rescue 1-41 as the designated F.A.S.T. company to 406 Beverly Drive for a report of a house fire.
South Whitehall Police arrived and reported a working fire in the Florida room and that the use of a garden hose was used to try and contain the fire.
Fire command assigned the first due engine to bring a water supply with it from Windsor and Parkway Road. The second due engine to drop a supply line from Beverly and Chelsea Lane.
Truck 31-31 was positioned on the Bravo side of the home on Windsor while both 1st and 2nd due engines positioned in front of the fire building and stretched hand lines. A total of 3 hand lines were stretched and operating.
The fire was contained to the Florida room while the main dwelling sustained minor smoke damage.
Just after 2:30 PM Sunday, Lehigh Township was dispatched to 579 South Cottonwood Road for a report of a garage fire attached to a dwelling. Chief 47-51 (Hildebrand) reported a smoke column while responding and had the 1st alarm assignment filled out.
Firefighters made a quick knock on the fire and prevented the fire from spreading to the adjoining dwelling. A deck attached to the garage was a total loss and the garage itself was heavily damaged.
Minutes before 2:00 AM Thursday morning, Lehigh Township and Walnutport Fire are sent to Bethany Wesleyan Church at 675 Blue Mountain Drive in the Cherryville section of Lehigh Township.
Companies arrive to find a fire in the peak of the roof that was sparked by a lightning strike. An employee of the church discovered the fire and called the fire department.
Lehigh Township's Engine stretched 1 hand line while Walnutport's Ladder 29 went to the roof to cut a hole in the peak of the roof. The small fire was contained to that area of the roof. A light smoke condition filled the interior of the building.
Apparatus from Northampton Borough, Slatington and Laurys Station assisted at the scene. Ladder Companies from Walnutport, Northampton and Slatington also responded.
Around 23:15 hours Tuesday, Northumberland and Schuylkill County Fire Departments respond to the former St. Mary’s Roman Catholic School, at the corner of Marion Heights Highway and Melrose Street. The fire destroyed the gym and burned the roof off of the vacant school.
The rear portion of the school, which was mainly a wood structure, was used as the gym and quickly burned to the ground.
Nearby homes were threatened by the embers. The school was vacant for more than 25 years.
At 16:03 Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 3466 for 1302 North Irving Street on a structural fire sending Engines 13, 6, 4, 9, Truck 2 (Truck 1), and Battalion 43 (P. Atiyeh).
Engine 13 arrives and reports a working fire. Shortly after arriving, interior crews pulled out due to the heavy fire conditions being encountered.
Battalion 43 arrives and transmits a 2nd alarm for a fire in a 1-story 35 x 80 commercial building that housed a violin business. Engines 14 and 11 respond on the 2nd alarm.
It was imperative to protect the exposure on side 4 - a 1-story 80 x 80 attached carpet business. Tower Ladder 2 and Engine 11 (quint) was set up on side 2 of the building utilizing the ladder pipes. Hose lines were positioned on the roof of exposure 4. Large lines with smooth bore tips were used on the ground.
The companies worked hard and kept the fire from extending to the carpet business. The roof of the main fire building collapsed as you will see in the video. High winds helped spread the fire throughout the roof area.
The fire burned for over two hours before getting it under control.
The video was shot using a DJI Phantom Vision with no gimbal attached. The Phantom worked well in the high winds. No audio - the Phantom Vision camera has no mic.
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