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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At 15:54 Sunday afternoon, Lehigh County 9-1-1 sent South Whitehall Stations 3, 32, 11, Salisbury Station 31 and Alburtis Station 1 for Rescue 1-41 as the designated F.A.S.T. company to 406 Beverly Drive for a report of a house fire.
South Whitehall Police arrived and reported a working fire in the Florida room and that the use of a garden hose was used to try and contain the fire.
Fire command assigned the first due engine to bring a water supply with it from Windsor and Parkway Road. The second due engine to drop a supply line from Beverly and Chelsea Lane.
Truck 31-31 was positioned on the Bravo side of the home on Windsor while both 1st and 2nd due engines positioned in front of the fire building and stretched hand lines. A total of 3 hand lines were stretched and operating.
The fire was contained to the Florida room while the main dwelling sustained minor smoke damage.
Just after 2:30 PM Sunday, Lehigh Township was dispatched to 579 South Cottonwood Road for a report of a garage fire attached to a dwelling. Chief 47-51 (Hildebrand) reported a smoke column while responding and had the 1st alarm assignment filled out.
Firefighters made a quick knock on the fire and prevented the fire from spreading to the adjoining dwelling. A deck attached to the garage was a total loss and the garage itself was heavily damaged.
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