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.
At 21:58 Lehigh County 9-1-1 transmitted a structural fire for 5757 Route 145 at the pizzeria sending Engine 1211, Tanker 1221, Station 16 and Northampton County Engine 4712 and Tanker 4731.
Chief 16-01 signed on the radio responding and was updated by dispatch that two callers were reporting a fire in the fryer and that the fire appears to be out. At 22:03 Lehigh Township Chief 47 went on location with reports of an active fire and went to investigate. Moments later Chief 47 signaled a working fire in the duct work and walls of the 2-story restaurant. Chief 12-03 immediately struck the 2nd alarm at 22:05.
Engine 12-11 arrived first and stretched 2 hand lines, one into the interior and one to the exterior of side 4 of the building. Tanker 12-21 was ordered to lay a supply line in from the professional building at Canterbury Drive. Lehigh Township Engine 47-12 arrived 2nd due with a full crew and used ground ladders on the 4 side of the building to gain access to the fire on the exterior wall.
The 2nd alarm was transmitted sending Whitehall Engine 4 (LC3911), Lehigh County Station 22, 26, EMS 67 and Rehab 66-51.
Tower Ladder 16 backed into the parking lot and went into operation with their bucket to the roof with 2 firefighters.
The fire burned through the wall in the area of the vent fan on the south side of the building. Crews hit the fire from the interior and exterior. The fire was held to the area of the exterior wall.
A 3rd alarm was transmitted for those companies to stand-by at their stations. Walnutport's Ladder 29 was special-called to the scene.
At 15:45 Saturday afternoon, 3 stations from Whitehall were sent to 105 Franklin Street in the Fullerton Section for a dwelling fire.
Chief of Department Robert Benner arrived and reported nothing showing. He was looking at the houses on the opposite side of the street and noticed everyone pointing to the antique business on the other side. He noticed smoke from the side of the 2-story commercial building that has apartments on the top floor. He signaled to the responding units that smoke was showing.
Engine 2 (LC 3712) arrived and stretched a dry hand line for a small fire behind the front wall where the electrical panel box was burning. A water can was used to extinguish the fire. A booster line was then deployed to the exterior to water down the wall. Engine 3 (LC 3831) backed into the parking lot to the front of the building and positioned their ladder.
Engine 12 (LC 3711) positioned at a hydrant but was ordered by the chief not to lay in. Chief 16 (LC 3501) special-called Egypt station for one engine for the lack of an engine response from the Fullerton's station.
A total of 5 engines and the rescue were on location for this fire. There was minor damage to the exterior of the building.
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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