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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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The video below is ground video shot by Mike Nester of NVP
At 10:18 Allentown transmitted box 2265 (7th & Allen) for a report of a fire in a vacant building at 602 North 7th Street sending Engines 6, 4, 9, Truck 2, Battalion 43, FM 45 and Engine 13 as the F.A.S.T. company.
Engine 4 arrives on location and reports a fire in the window of a vacant 100 x 250 building. Paper covering the inside of the windows was on fire from sparks dropping down from a welders torch on the second floor.
When crews made entry, they called for police to assist as members from Engine 4 heard people on the floor above them, and weren't sure if they had permission to be on the property.
Engine 9 positioned behind 4 on 7th Street and pulled a supply line from Engine 4 to a hydrant at the corner of 7th and Allen.
Once the crew gained access to the second floor, they used a water can to extinguish some hot spots. The box was held to the 1st alarm assignment.
The building was recently used as a pharmacy. In the 80's it was a fabric store and in the 1960's it was a Sears department store. The building is fenced off now and appears to be in the midst of renovations or being prepped for demolition.
At 07:10 Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 3122 (3rd & Linden) for a report of a fire at 315 Linden Street sending Engines 6, 4, 9, Truck 2, Battalion 43, FM 45 and Engine 13 (F.A.S.T.).
Companies arrive to a 100 x 200 foot 3 and 4-story U-shaped factory with smoke showing and the sprinkler system activated on the Linden Street side of the building. This wing of the building is 3-1/2 stories in height. Engine 9 hooks into a hydrant on Linden Street and crews stretch a 1.75 inch hand line to the 1st floor. Battalion 43 puts all hands to work. Members find a fire in a room that was being held in check by the sprinkler system.
Crews went to the 2nd and 3rd floors to open up walls and floors to check for extension. A second hand line was stretched from Engine 9 but remained dry. Members hit some hot spots while opening up but the bulk of the fire was out upon arrival due to the sprinkler activation.
The city building inspector was called to the scene. The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. The box was held to the 1st alarm assignment.
At 12:28 Bethlehem Fire Dispatch transmitted the box for a structural fire reported in the 700 block of Linden Street between East North Street and E. Union Boulevard, sending Engines 5, 9, 6, Ladder 2 (Reserve Engine 1) and Truck 2.
While companies were enroute, dispatch updated the address to 746 Linden Street near E. Union Blvd. for a fire.
Ladder 2 arrived and reported heavy smoke and fire from the top floor of a 3-story M/O/R. 205 transmitted the 2nd alarm immediately, bringing in Engine 1 and Ladder 1. Engine 5 was ordered to take the roll of the north side ladder.
Reserve Engine 1 stretched a hand line into the fire building. Command was getting reports of people trapped on the top floor and ordered crews to that floor for a search. A second line was stretched as a back up line. Five inch supply line was used to supply Reserve 1 with water from a hydrant on East Union Boulevard just west of Linden Street.
The initial entry team made a good hit on the fire. Command special-called Engine 3 to the scene.
A 3rd hand line was stretched into exposure 4 but remained dry.
Ladder 1 was positioned on E. Union Boulevard and laddered the rear of the building.
All searches came up negative. Neighbors told Newsworking the fire building was used as a drug manufacturing facility. The police established address as a crime scene and is investigating.
No injuries were reported and all searches were negative.
Firefighters had the fire darkened down about 15 minutes after they arrived. Crews remained on the scene overhauling and checking for hot spots.
Off-duty firefighters were called into the city to man a reserve engine while the full compliment of men for the shift battled this blaze.
At 21:10 Allentown box 2125 (S. 8th & Walnut) was transmitted for South 8th and Maple Streets on a building fire. Engines 9, 4, 6, 10 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 (Truck 1) and Battalion 43 (J. Wehr) were assigned.
Battalion 43 arrived and reported smoke showing from a 3-story M/O/R vacant store front on the east side of the street. Engine 9 arrived and positioned at the front of the building. Members stretched a hand line into 27 South 8th Street and encountered heavy fire.
Battalion Chief Wehr called for an additional engine for manpower. Immediately after that request, he transmitted the 2nd alarm.
Fire dispatch sent Engines 14 and 13 on the 2nd alarm.
Four hand lines were stretched and operating, 3 in the front and 1 in the rear. The bulk of the fire was darkened down in 30 minutes.
Two engine companies remained on the scene during the night for fire watch. At 00:40 the fire rekindled and went through the roof. The Battalion Chief requested Tower Ladder 2 back to the scene.
At 17:22 Lehigh County received a report of an odor of smoke inside the Perkins Restaurant at 1450 MacArthur Road and sent Stations 36, 37 and Squirt 3 (3831).
Chief 16 (Benner) arrives and reports fire showing from a 1-story restaurant and special-calls station 39. Assistant Chief Monahan adds Catasauqua Ladder 231 to the special-call. Command finds heavy fire in the roof area of the building.
Engine 1 arrives and stretches a hand line into operation. The second due engine, Engine 2 brings a water supply line in from a hydrant on MacArthur Road in front of the Best Buy store.
Squirt 3 positions in front of the building and goes into service with their elevated master stream.
With the fire rapidly extending, command strikes the 2nd alarm. Lehigh County Fire Radio transmits the 2nd alarm at 17:34 sending Whitehall Engine 14, Rescue 5 for the R.I.T., Han-Le-Co Ladder 33 and Air unit 3292.
Engine 11 brings water from a hydrant on Estates Drive and positions on the south side of the building. Ladder 231 positions on the west side of the building and crews go to the roof to ventilate but the roof was compromised so they were ordered off the roof.
The bulk of the fire was darkened down by 18:00 hours and crews remained on the scene overhauling for the next couple of hours. All companies cleared the scene by 20:50.
One firefighter was injured and transported to L.V.H.C. with a minor injury.
Cetronia EMS provided numerous ambulances at the scene.
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