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Northampton County

LIGHTNING STRIKE CAUSES FIRE AT CHURCH IN LEHIGH TOWNSHIP

June 26, 2014 at 2:32AM

LIGHTNING STRIKE CAUSES FIRE AT CHURCH IN LEHIGH TOWNSHIP

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.

The fire was under control by 2:45 AM.

No injuries were reported.



Northumberland County

Coal Region: Fire Destroys Former Catholic School In Mount Carmel Township, PA.

June 18, 2014 at 12:44PM

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.

WNEP-TV video and story here.

Photos and video by our Coal Region correspondent Stephen Barrett. For the complete photo gallery click here.



Schuylkill County

Coal Region: 3-Alarm Fire Destroys Factory In Pine Grove Monday Afternoon

June 04, 2014 at 10:43PM

Coal Region: 3-Alarm Fire Destroys Factory In Pine Grove Monday Afternoon

Flames ripped through a vacant building in Pine Grove Monday afternoon. A vacant factory on Spruce Street caught fire around 1:00 PM and went to 3-alarms.

Flames were so intense that neighboring homes and cars were damaged.

See the complete story on WNEP by clicking here.

Photos by our Coal Region correspondent Stephen Barrett. You can see more photos by clicking here.

Tags:   Schuylkill County   Structure Fire  


City of Allentown

AERIAL VIDEO:  FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE 2ND ALARM FIRE IN COMMERCIAL BUILDING ON THE EAST SIDE

May 26, 2014 at 8:44PM

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.

Check out the photo gallery with over 60 photos - CLICK HERE

The video below is ground video shot by Mike Nester of NVP


Tags:   2nd Alarm   Allentown    Structure Fire  


City of Allentown

FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO THE OLD SEARS STORE ON 7TH STREET FOR A REPORT OF A FIRE

May 21, 2014 at 9:58AM

FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO THE OLD SEARS STORE ON 7TH STREET FOR A REPORT OF A FIRE

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.

Tags:   Allentown    Structure Fire  


City of Allentown

BATTALION CHIEF USES ALL HANDS FOR FIRE IN A 3-STORY FACTORY

May 21, 2014 at 7:41AM

BATTALION CHIEF USES ALL HANDS FOR FIRE IN A 3-STORY FACTORY

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.

Tags:   Allentown    Structure Fire  


City of Bethlehem

2ND ALARM: FIRE IN CENTER CITY TURNS INTO A POLICE INVESTIGATION

May 08, 2014 at 2:41PM

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.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Bethlehem City   Structure Fire  


City of Allentown

2ND ALARM: FIRE DAMAGES VACANT BUILDING SET FOR DEMOLITION IN CENTER CITY

April 30, 2014 at 11:52PM

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.

The fire is under investigation.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Allentown    Structure Fire  


City of Bethlehem

ALL HANDS OPERATE AT BASEMENT FIRE IN CENTER CITY, FIRE CONTAINED TO BASEMENT

April 27, 2014 at 12:25PM

At 10:43 Bethlehem Fire Dispatch (200) transmitted the box for 49 W. Union Blvd. on a reported basement Fire sending Engines 6, 5, 9, Tower Ladder 2 and Truck 2.

Truck 2 arrives on scene and reports heavy smoke showing. Engine 6 establishes a water supply from a hydrant in front of the building and stretched 1 hand line to the basement.

Engine 5 members are ordered to the 1st floor to open up and check for extension. Engine 6 members quickly darken down the bulk of the fire.

405 transmits to 200 that the main body of fire has been knocked down at 11:04.

A fourth engine was special-called to the scene for manpower.

Searches are negative. Everyone was out of the building upon the arrival of the fire department.

Tags:   Bethlehem City   Structure Fire  


Whitehall Township

PERKINS ROOF DAMAGED IN 2-ALARM FIRE ON MACARTHUR ROAD

March 30, 2014 at 8:55PM

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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Tags:   2nd Alarm   Structure Fire   Whitehall, PA.