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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.  


Whitehall Township

ALL HANDS OPERATE AT AUTO REPAIR SHOP FIRE ON MACARTHUR ROAD

March 03, 2014 at 1:51AM

At 22:38 hours Sunday, Whitehall sent Engines 1, 2, 12, 3, Truck 6, Rescue 8 and Woodlawn Tanker 32 for a structural fire at 1095 MacArthur Road. Deputy Chief Shambo arrives on location and reports a working fire in the offices of a 1-story auto repair shop.

Engine 1 arrives and stretches 2 lines and quickly darkens down the bulk of the fire. Two roof crews go to the roof and cut vent holes to ventilate the building. Tanker 32 is special-called on building fire in Whitehall due to the hydrants covered with snow. They arrived and supplied 1 with water.

The fire was knocked down quickly and held to the office area of the building. MacArthur Road was closed in both directions for the duration of the fire.

The Arson Investigation Squad is investigating the cause of the fire.



City of Bethlehem

MULTIPLE ALARM FIRE IN CENTER CITY BETHLEHEM DESTROYS LAW OFFICE AND DAMAGES A SECOND BUILDING

February 09, 2014 at 4:31PM

At 08:30 Sunday morning, Bethlehem transmitted the box for a possible structural fire at 70 E. Broad Street. A call for smoke and a call for the alarm system was received. 3 engines and a ladder were assigned to the box.

Companies found heavy smoke pushing from 68 E. Broad Street and struck the 2nd alarm. Ladder 2 positioned in front of the fire building with Engine 6. Engine members stretched into the fire building and was confronted with heavy fire. With fire extending in the walls between the fire building and exposure 2 (70 E. Broad Street) the 3rd alarm was transmitted.

Crews cut a vent hole in both the original fire building and exposure 2. Companies found heavy fire in the attic of the exposure.

Ladder 1 and Engine 9 positioned in the rear of the building. Engine 9 stretched 2 hand lines while the Ladder Company went to the roof to vent the rear of exposure 2.

As the roof burned off the original building, companies directed multiple streams between it and exposure 4.

All members did a good job keeping the fire from extending into exposure 4 and extinguishing the fire that extended into exposure 2 (another Law Office).

The fire was brought under control by 12:00 PM. Companies remained on the scene checking for hot spots and overhauling well into Sunday afternoon.

Complete photo gallery with over 130 photographs can be viewed by clicking here

Tags:   3rd Alarm    Bethlehem City   Structure Fire  


Schuylkill County

COAL REGION: COMMERCIAL BUILDING FIRE DESTROYS K & E PRECISION BUSINESS IN PORTER TOWNSHIP

January 11, 2014 at 12:20AM

PORTER TOWNSHIP -On January 8, 2014 at 16:00 hours the Porter Township Fire Department (Orwin, Muir, Joliett, Sheridan, and Reinerton Fire Companies), Tower City Fire Company, Lykens Tower Ladder, Williamstown Tanker and Tower City Ambulance, were dispatched for a commercial building fire at 1720 East Grand Avenue, in the Village of Reinerton.

The 911 center received multiple phone calls that the rear of the K&E Precision was on fire. The Reinerton firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the rear of a two story machine shop.

The fire continued to spread quickly through the building and moved to the front of the structure. Incident Command removed all fire fighters from the structure and went into defensive operations. He then ordered the tanker task force due to low water pressure in the area. Dump and refill sites were established and operated for over two hours.

The fire was eventually knocked down to allow crews to re-enter the building. Fire fighters were then able to over haul and extinguish hot spots. Operations lasted to and were terminated around 20:00 hours.

The Story, Pictures and Videos by the Coal Region Correspondent Stephen Barrett.



Lehigh County

JIFFY LUBE BUSINESS DESTROYED IN 4-ALARM FIRE ON LEHIGH STREET

January 06, 2014 at 10:23PM

Salisbury, PA. - At 11:51 Monday morning, Lehigh County Radio dispatched Western Salisbury Station 31, Eastern Salisbury Engine 2012, Emmaus Engine 7-11, Cetronia Truck 3-31 and Emmaus EMS 63 to 3111 Lehigh Street for a structural fire at the Jiffy Lube.

Initial dispatch reports to the chief advise multiple calls for a heater on the roof on fire. EMS 63 arrives on location and reports heavy smoke showing from the roof. Chief 31-03 transmits the 2nd alarm.

At 11:58, Lehigh County transmits the 2nd alarm sending the balance of Stations 31, 20, 3, 7 and 1 as the designated F.A.S.T. company.

31 command orders Ladder 31 to position on the Alpha side of the building and ladder the Alpha/Bravo corner. He also orders Engine 20 to bring water to the Charlie side of the building to supply Engine 711 using the hydrant directly across the street from the fire building.

With limited manpower, command strikes out the 3rd alarm at 12:04.

Within the hour, the fire escalates to a 4th Alarm. The fire started on the north side of the roof and extended to the south end of the building. The roof eventually collapsed and caused major cracks in the exterior walls.

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Tags:   4th Alarm   Lehigh County   Structure Fire  


Lehigh County

2ND ALARM TRANSMITTED FOR CHAIR FIRE AT SOUTH WHITEHALL MOTEL

January 05, 2014 at 5:51PM

2ND ALARM TRANSMITTED FOR CHAIR FIRE AT SOUTH WHITEHALL MOTEL

South Whitehall, PA. - At 14:28 Lehigh County Fire Radio sent Engines 32-12, 11-12, Tanker 32-21, Rescue 11-41, Station 3 and EMS 62 to the Econo Lodge, 1151 Bulldog Drive for a fire in Room 1011.

Chief 32-01 is updated with an unknown type of fire in the room. Minutes later, Police arrive and report a working fire. Chief 32-01 strikes out the 2nd alarm.

At 14:36, Lehigh County transmits the 2nd alarm sending the remainder of Station 32, Engines 11-11, 26-11, Trucks 8-31, 36-31 and Rescue 36-41 for the designated F.A.S.T. company.

Companies find a chair on fire inside the room and stretch one hand line. The fire is quickly darkened down and the chief places the fire under control and returns the companies not on location.

All photos by Mike Nester of N.V.P.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Lehigh County   Structure Fire  


Lehigh County

2ND ALARM:  NORTH WHITEHALL COMPANIES BATTLE BLAZE IN GUN SHOP

December 03, 2013 at 11:21PM

At 13:29 Tuesday afternoon, Lehigh County Fire Radio sent Engines 26-11, 22-11 and Tanker 26-21 to 4618 Kernsville Road for a garage fire. Command arrived on location and reported a working fire in a 1-story garage being used as a gun shop and ordered the 2nd alarm struck.

Lehigh County transmitted the 2nd alarm at 13:31 sending Engines 16-11, Tanker 16-21, Tanker 22-21, Ladder 16-31, Unit 26-91 and EMS 67. Command ordered multiple hand lines stretched to the garage that sits behind the property on Kernsville Rd.

Command requested more companies for man-power and tankers. Lehigh County Fire Radio sent station 11, Tanker 51-21 and Tanker 8-21.

Photos and Video by Mike Nester of NVP.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Lehigh County   Structure Fire  


New Jersey

CONDO COMPLEX DESTROYED BY WIND DRIVEN FIRE SATURDAY NIGHT IN HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ

November 24, 2013 at 11:49AM

Union Township, NJ - At 18:50 Saturday evening, crews were sent to 12 Sam Bonnell Drive for a structural fire.

The multiple alarm fire destroyed the 18 unit building. By 21:00, the flames were darkened down.

No injuries were reported. Firefighters from Hunterdon, Warren and Somerset Counties help battle the intense flames.

Jayson Wagner provided the photos and video.

Tags:   4th Alarm   New Jersey   Structure Fire  


Northampton County

GARAGE GUTTED IN WILSON BOROUGH

November 09, 2013 at 12:17PM

Around 01:30 Friday morning, Northampton County 911 dispatched Wilson Station 24 to the area of South 20th and Butler Streets for a garage fire.

Upon responding Communications advise they are receiving multiple calls. The first due Engine reports Fire Showing from a Block away. The engine company arrives on location and stretches up the ally to the garage, next engine in secures a water supply.

Fire is starting to spread to neighboring garages however crews are able to make the stop and contain it to the main fire building which is 2 car garage with 3 vehicles and a couple motorcycles inside.

3 lines are placed in service and crews remained on the scene for several hours for overhaul and investigation. No injuries were reported.

Photos and Video by Mike Nester.



Northampton County

2ND ALARM: FIREFIGHTERS FROM TWO COUNTIES BATTLE FIRE IN 3-STORY HOTEL/BAR IN FORKS TOWNSHIP

October 22, 2013 at 9:36PM

What started as a domestic disturbance around 1:15 PM Tuesday escalated to a 2-alarm fire at the Mineral Springs Hotel & Bar located at 4306 N. Delaware Drive in Forks Township.

Fire officials arrived just before 1:30 PM and reported flames showing from the building.

The fire quickly escalated to 2-alarms with multiple tanker task forces dispatched as the fire ran the length of the cockloft. The scene is located about 4 miles north of the City of Easton and has no hydrant system. Tankers were called in from as far away as Lehigh County to help supply water. Some companies were drafting from the Delaware River.

It took firefighters over 2 hours to darken down the bulk of the fire. They remained on scene for hours overhauling and putting out hot spots.

The City of Easton provided assistance with their Tower Ladder and a few firefighters.

2 Police officers and 2 civilians were injured. One person was reported to have burn injuries.

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The video below was shot by Mike Nester. His video ends where ours starts.



The video below is from Jay Wagner. His video starts where ours left off.