At 18:00 Friday, Lehigh County Fire Radio transmitted the box for 3006 North 5th Avenue for a reported dwelling fire sending Engines 3, 13, 4, 14, 6 Truck and Rescue 8 under the command of Car 16 (Benner).
A gas can was on fire in the driveway near the garage. As the fire started to extend into the structure, a civilian armed with an extinguisher attacked the fire then went inside the garage to hit a small pocket fire inside garage.
The fire for the most part was extinguished before the arrival of the fire department.
First due Squrt 3 arrived and stretched a hand line as a precaution and to hit some hot spots that remained. Engine 4 dropped a supply line from a hydrant a block away at 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue. The engine crew from 4 stretched a dry line to the garage. A supply line was brought off the back of the squrt and connected to a hydrant behind them at 5th and Chestnut.
2 vehicles in the garage sustained damage in the fire. The garage structure also sustained minor damage. No injuries were reported.
Fire officials told Newsworking the homeowner was trying to fill a lighter in the garage, possibly igniting the fire.
At 22:48 Saturday evening, Lehigh County 9-1-1 sends Engine 13, Rescue 5, Rescue 8 and EMS 62 to Rt. 145 and Center Street for the vehicle extrication. Chief officers arrive and confirm they have two trapped and 3 cars involved blocking the northbound lanes.
Police request the roadway shut down northbound at Municipal Drive. Engine 13 arrives first and stretches a precautionary hand line. EMS and fire personnel extricate the patients before the arrival of the heavy rescue companies. Deputy Chief Shambo orders the rescue companies to proceed in under reduced speed. .
At least three 4 people were transported to area hospitals with what appeared to be minor injuries.
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.
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