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.
At 13:31 hours Monday, Whitehall Engines 3, 4, 13, 14, 6 Truck and Rescue 8 take in a house fire at 3326 North Hobson Street in the Stiles section of the Township. Chief 16 (Benner) arrives and has smoke showing from an exterior wall of a 2-story dwelling.
Engine 3 and 4 arrive together and members stretch a line from 4. A water supply is established from a hydrant in front of the house by Engine 4.
Companies open up the exterior wall on the Bravo side of the home and extinguish a small fire in the wall that took about 20 minutes. Companies clear the home of smoke and check for extension.
The chief used 3 engines, 1 squrt, 1 ladder and the rescue company. No injuries were reported. Everyone was safely out of the house upon arrival.
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.
At 23:19 Friday, October 25, Whitehall Fire Radio sent Whitehall Station 1, Engine 4, 14, Woodlawn Engine 32 to the Helfrich Springs Apartments located at 900 Mickley Road for a fire on the balcony. Chief 16 (3501) arrived and reported a working fire in building 'V', a 3-story Occupied Multiple Dwelling (OMD).
The seat of the fire was located on the top floor of side 3 (rear). The fire vertically extended by dropping to the balcony below and extending into the cockloft before the arrival of the first due company.
Chief 16 (3501) special-called Whitehall station 3 at 23:25. Engine 1 arrived and stretched a line to the fire floor. Members pulled ceilings and found heavy fire in the cockloft. At 23:27, command special-called Catasauqua's Ladder 231. Ladder 231 positioned in the rear of the fire building. Whitehall's Squrt 3 (3831) positioned in front of the building and set up their elevated master stream. Assistant Chief 1A (3602) ordered all members out of the fire building at 23:46 so the master streams could go in-service to try and darken down the bulk of the fire.
At 23:43 command ordered the 2nd alarm be struck. Whitehall Fire Radio transmitted the 2nd alarm sending Whitehall Engine 2, Catasauqua Engine 211, Coplay Engine 5, HanLeCo Engine 33, North Catasauqua Engine 18, Northampton Engine 42, Schnecksville Engine 22 and HanLeCo Ladder 33.
With the fire extended to exposure 4, a similiar attached building, crews went to the roof and made a trench cut while interior members pulled ceilings. The crews working this exposure stopped the fire from extending past the first apartments in that building.
When the bulk of the fire was darkened down in the original fire building, the elevated master streams were turned off and interior crews continued hitting the fire from the interior.
The bulk of the fire was out by 00:30 hours Saturday morning. However, crews remained on the scene overhauling and hitting hot spots well into the morning. Mutual Aid companies started picking up and returning around 01:15.
The fire was determined to have started in a storage room on the balcony of the third floor apartment.
*NOTE ~ The first alarm assignment on this call was altered and some initial first due companies on the box were not sent because 3 out of 5 department stations were out-of-service for a fund raising event that is conducted on Friday and Saturday evenings through the month of October. Stations 1 and 4 run the calls during the event with South Whitehall's Woodlawn Engine 32 on the initial box as mutual aid.
Whitehall Police, Fire and EMS were summoned to 264 Fullerton Avenue at 12:04 Friday afternoon for a car into a building. The building is the Soumaya & Sons Bakery at the corner of Fullerton & Fairmont in the Fullerton Section.
Whitehall Engine 1 pulled a hand line as a precaution. Cetronia EMS checked out the driver for injuries. The driver refused treatment and was uninjured.
Whitehall Fire Chief Robert Benner requested that the building inspector respond to check the stability of the structure.
Whitehall Rescue companies were summoned to 945 Catasauqua Road at 22:20 hours for an injury accident with a car on it's roof with the driver still inside.
Rescue 8 (3641) and Engine 1 (3611) arrived on scene and found a car on its roof and stretched one hand line as a precaution. Firefighters didn't use any tools to get the driver out. They assisted Cetronia EMS with pulling the patient out of the car.
He was transported by EMS to a local hospital.
The car was eastbound when it struck a parked PT Cruiser on the westbound side of the street. The impact pushed the PT Cruiser onto the sidewalk between another parked car and a shrub line.
Saturday morning just before 12:30 AM Whitehall Engines 1, 2, Rescue 8 and the Chief respond to 713 Woodbury Lane at the Willow Crest Apartments for a car fire.
Chief Robert Benner arrives and reports to cars on fire and signals a working fire. A police officer and fire investigator dump three extinguishers to contain the fire. Engine 1 arrives and stretches a hand line and extinguishes fire in the engine compartment of both cars.
The fire investigation team was notified to respond as the fire was labeled as suspicious. Police radio transmissions stated that police were holding suspects at 7th and Greenleaf Streets in Allentown. It's unknown if they are directly involved with the fire.
Whitehall, Pa. - At 22:36 on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 Whitehall Engines 1, 2, 12 and Rescue 8 under command of Chief R. Benner responded to 604 Grape Street for a structural fire.
Companies arrived to find heavy smoke pushing from the 1-story detached two car garage. Members stretched 2 hand lines and quickly darkened down the fire that appeared to have started on the work bench. Engine 2 brought water to the scene from a hydrant at 5th and Grape Streets.
The Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause of the fire.
Whitehall, Pa. - At 19:04 both Whitehall and Allentown Police and Allentown EMS responded to the area of Jordan Park near the northern city limits for a report of a shooting. Police found a victim with a gunshot wound outside the Taqueria Mexican Food at 1033 N. 6th Street inside the Whitehall Township line.
Allentown EMS and a Whitehall police car rushed the victim to a local trauma center. The person was in critical condition.
At the scene, both Whitehall and Allentown police officers investigated the scene. Police cars had North 6th Street closed north of Sumner Avenue.
A Whitehall Fire Department Engine was requested to the scene to provide a ladder for police officers so they could get to the roof of the restaurant.
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