At 12:13, fire dispatchers sent Engine 11, Truck 2 and Battalion 3 (Atiyeh) to 1447 Lehigh Street for the fire alarm system. PPL utility workers doing work on Lehigh Street in front of the business noticed smoke from the front door and called 9-1-1. Box 5214 was transmitted and filled out for a building fire sending the balance of the assignment for Engines 14, 9 and 13 as the F.A.S.T.
Engine 11 arrived and reported smoke showing from the rear of a 1-story auto repair shop. Battalion 3 arrived and signaled a working fire. Engine 11 stretched a hand line to the lower level of the business on side 2 of the building that in the rear is a walk-out basement with garage doors where they found a working fire.
Engine 9 stretched a hand line to the 1st floor to check for fire extension. The 9 crew found no extension of the fire from the basement leve. The fire was extinguished in 20 minutes and the building was ventilated. A total of 4 Engines, 1 Truck and the Fire Marshal's office were on the scene. The fire is under investigation.
At 18:16, Lehigh County transmitted a box for a structure fire at 117 North Ruch Street in Coplay sending Engines 511, 512, Whitehall Engines 3, 13 and EMS 62.
Chief 501 arrived and signaled a working fire in a two-story apartment building with heavy fire showing on the first floor. He ordered Whitehall Engine 3 (LC 3831) to come in and stretch two hand lines. The second due engine (511) tied into a hydrant at Ruch and Chestnut and brought water to Engine 3.
Chief 501 transmitted the 2nd alarm bringing in Whitehall Engines 4, 5, Tower Ladder 6 and Woodlawn's Air unit.
Engine 13 positioned in an alley to the East of the fire building while Whitehall Engine 4 stretched a hand line to the second floor apartment directly above the fire apartment.
Whitehall Engine 5 brought a supply line in for Engine 4. A total of 4 hand lines were in operation.
At 20:30 Wednesday evening, Lehigh County Radio transmitted a Whitehall box for 2007 North First Avenue on a report of smoke from the building sending Engines 2, 12, 1, Truck 6, Rescue 8 and a Deputy Chief under the command of Chief Benner.
Deputy Chief Shambo arrived and reported smoke from the south side of a two-story mixed use building. The first due engine stretched a hand line for a small fire under the aluminum siding.
Command special-called 2 additional engine companies above the 1st alarm for additional manpower. Engines 3 and 13 responded. Engine 3 was ordered to stand-by a hydrant North First Avenue and Union St.
PPL utilities was notified to respond because they were on location earlier in the day doing work on the building.
Crews remained on the scene until 21:45 hours. The fire is under investigation.
At 12:26 Allentown transmitted box 3614 for 1213 North Plymouth Street at Harry's U-Pull it Junk yard for a structure fire sending Engines 13, 6, 9, 14 (F.A.S.T.) Truck 2, Battalion 2 (Held) and FM 45.
The fire dispatcher advised the companies responding that heavy smoke could be seen from the street cameras on Airport Road.
The smoke column was so thick and black, it could be seen throughout the Lehigh Valley.
Police on the scene first reported propane tanks in the building and minor explosions.
Engine 13 supplied Truck 2. The truck backed in to the property and used to master streams to hit the fire. The hydrant at Plymouth and Highland was used. The large building was not accessible due to all the junk cars parked in front of it.
Engine 6 brought a supply line in and positioned in a parking lot and used their elevated master stream. It was immediately determined that this attack was going to be an exterior operation from the beginning.
Battalion 2 special-called Engine 4 to the fire. Shortly after that request, he had the 2nd alarm filled out. Engine 13 and Air 1 were assigned to the 2nd alarm with Engine 4.
Engine 9 went to the east of the fire on Quebec Street to check on the tank farm just behind the fire building. They took a water supply with them to hit the fire with their master stream to protect the tank farm.
The Haz-mat team was called out an hour into the fire for oil in the water run-off that was dumping into the storm sewer drains on Plymouth Street.
The fire was under control by 14:00 hours.
It was determined early in the fire that a ruptured gas tank was the cause of the fire. The tank was accidentally punctured and the gas poured onto the floor until it hit an ignition source.
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At 04:53 Lehigh County Radio transmitted a structural fire located at Willow Street and Mauch Chunk Road sending Engines 26, Tankers 26, 22, 16 and Truck 16.
Chief 22-01 was advised of a flames from a barn and multiple calls being received. He arrived on location finding a barn fully involved. He ordered the second alarm struck at 05:02. The Chief was concerned about protecting a van parked next to the building and a residence just west of the fire.
At 05:03 Lehigh County transmitted the second alarm sending a full response from 16, Tankers, 11, 32, 12, Whitehall Rescue 36 (Rescue 8) as the designated F.A.S.T. and EMS 67.
First arriving Engine 26 was ordered to the Mauch Chunk Road side of the structure and they stretched a hand line to the south side and extinguished the van fire. The van was parked next to the building.
When Tanker 32 arrived on the second alarm, they stretched two large hand lines from Engine 26 to the south side of the building.
Tower Ladder 16 positioned on Willow Street and was ordered to put the bucket up and use their elevated master stream. Companies used 6 hand lines, the Tower Ladder, and the deck gun on Engine 26.
The bulk of the fire was darkened down within the hour. Crews remained on the scene for many hours after working on hot spots and overhauling the large building.
Willow Street and Mauch Chunk Road was closed during the duration of the fire.
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At 19:34 Lehigh County Radio transmitted the box for a structural fire at the Buckeye Tavern, 3741 Brookside Road sending Wescosville Station 30, Macungie Engines 1511, 1512 and EMS 63.
Chief 15-01 signaled a working fire from Tank Farm Road at 19:37. Chief 30 went on location at 19:42 and took command of the fire scene.
As the fire rapidly expanded throughout the second floor and attic, the 2nd alarm was requested by command.
At 19:47, the second alarm was transmitted sending Engine 7, 28, 1, Ladder 7, Cascade 32 and Engine 10 from the City of Allentown for the F.A.S.T.
Multiple large hand lines and monitors were put in-service. Tower Ladder 30 was set up in the parking lot on the south side of the building using their elevated stream and Ladder 7's water-pipe was in service on the north side of the building.
Firefighters concentrated their efforts on a defensive attack and at 21:32 the fire was declared under control by command.
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Monday morning crews from Bushkill Township were dispatched to the area of Hahn Rd. for a reported structure fire.
first arriving crews had a vacant building fully involved with and extending brush fire. Crews called in additional tankers to shuttle water to the scene while they worked defensive operations on the buidling.
Crews worked for a couple of hours before clearing the scene.
At 13:22, Allentown transmitted box 2125 for 8th and Walnut Streets for a structural fire sending Engines 13, 4, 9, 6 (RIT), Truck 2, Battalion 43 and FM 45.
Engine 13 arrived first and reported smoke showing from a 3-story vacant building. Engine 9 stretched a hand line to the north side of the building and Engine 4 stretched a line from the south side of the building. Firefighters found a room involved in fire and used ground ladders to access the building. Due to the condition of the building, firefighters were ordered not to enter the building. There was evidence of squatters living in the building.
The Battalion Chief signaled a working fire and requested one additional Engine Company above the 1st alarm. Engine 14 was sent as the 5th due special-called Engine.
At 08:00, Box 4131 was transmitted for a structural fire at the Burger King at 1958 South 4th Street sending Engines 14, 11, 9, 6, Ladder 2, Battalion 43 and FM 45. Engine 14 arrives and reports light smoke from the roof of the 1-story restaurant and investigates. They find a fire in the hood vent and use extinguishers to put the fire out. The Battalion Chief instructs the Tower Ladder to set-up on the south side of the building and go to the roof to check for fire extension. Crews find a small fire on the roof and extinguish it.
Approximately 09:25, Box 2566 is transmitted for a structural fire at the Liberty Nursing Home located at 17th and Allen Streets sending Engines 10, 4, 6, 13, Ladder 2 and Battalion 43. Engine 10 arrives and investigates a report of a fire on the 3rd floor. The initial call came in by 9-1-1 from an employee of the facility and by now, bells are sounding and the sprinkler is activated while Engine 10 members make it to the third floor where they find a smoke condition. Battalion 43 reports water flowing from an air conditioner on the 3rd floor. Engine 10 gains entry to a room and discover a kitchen fire that is extinguished by the sprinkler. The patients are moved to a secure wing on the third floor protected by a fire door. Firefighters vent the structure. No injuries are reported.
While the Comm Center is transmitting box 2566, calls are coming in for an automobile accident with people trapped. Box 4255 is transmitted for Filbert and Susquehanna for an auto extrication sending Engines 14, 11 and 9. At this point, all companies in the city are being put to work. No further details on the wreck are available.
At 03:55 Bethlehem City 9-1-1 Center started receiving calls for smoke in the area of the 200 block of West Fairview Street sending Engines 6, 9, 5, Ladder 2 and Truck 2. As companies are investigating, Police report a haze in the area of Rt. 378 and another call reporting smoke on Rt. 378.
Truck 2 goes to the west side of Route 378 where the smoke is heavier. At 04:01, Bethlehem dispatchers send Engine 7 and Ladder 1 to 702 Main Street for the alarm system with a strange odor. 405 is reporting a large blanket of smoke in this part of the city and advises the alarm call is probably related.
The dispatch center checked with surrounding communities for fires. Chief 405 requested a wind check and the airport said winds were calm. All companies continue to investigate as of 04:05.
At 04:07 Engine 6 finds and reports a commercial building fire in the 1100 block of Mauch Chunk Road.
Truck 2 (405) goes on scene reporting smoke from the roof of a metal fabricating shop, a 2-story 100x400 building. At 4:12 he strikes the 2nd alarm as conditions rapidly deteriorate.
The 3rd alarm is struck sending the last engine available in the city, Engine 3, to the fire scene. Tower Ladder 2 positions in a parking lot on the "Bravo" side of the building. Ladder 1 is positioned in the street in front of the building. A hand line is stretched into the building but shortly after, 405 evacuates the building as fire conditions worsen.
Multiple ground monitors and aerial streams are in operation. Allentown's Ladder 2 is special-called to the fire scene as a 3rd ladder pipe is needed.
The fire burns out of control for several hours. The smoke drifted into the city of Allentown. By 09:00, the fire was darkened down.
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