At 9:24 AM Thursday morning, Salisbury 31 was dispatched to 2833 Andrea Drive for a dwelling fire. Enroute, dispatch advised Chief 31-01 that police were on scene reporting smoke showing. With that update, the chief struck the 2nd alarm.
On arrival, the chief reported light smoke from a 2-story single family dwelling (S/F/D). Fire department members found a small basement fire. The fire was under control about 30 minutes later.
Wednesday afternoon, Rescuers were dispatched to the Lehigh River under the Coplay / Northampton Bridge for a report of a jumper. An eyewitness said a person jumped from the middle of the bridge and was faced down on the river rocks.
Multiple agencies launched boats in search of the victim. The search continued well into the evening. Rescuers searched the river from the Coplay bridge to the Race Street bridge in Catasauqua.
As of late Wednesday night, no victim was located.
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Upper Saucon Volunteer Fire Department arrived to find this van fully involved and made a knock on it stretching one line, the Interstate was closed for about an hour while crews extinguished the flames. Video and Story by Mike Nester.
Just before 23:00 hours, Lehigh County Fire Dispatch sent Station 32 to Rt. 22 Westbouind between 15th Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard for multiple accidents. One accident at mile marker 319 had two people trapped in two separate vehicles.
Chief 32 (Held) special-called an additional rescue to assist Rescue 11-41 and an additional engine from Upper Macungie 56.
A dark colored pick up truck was traveling east in the westbound lanes from Cedar Crest Boulevard causing multiple accidents.
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At 10:58 AM Lehigh County dispatched Catasauqua Station 2 and North Catasauqua Engine 18-11 to 725 Crane Street for a house fire. Dispatchers were receiving numerous calls and radio transmissions from other chief officers in the area that heavy smoke was showing in the vicinity.
The police arrived and confirmed the address was well-involved in fire to the rear of the dwelling.
Engine 211 approached from 3rd Street on Chestnut Street while Engine 18-11 approached from 4th Street on Chestnut Street. Both companies brought their own water supply. Three hand lines were stretched from Engine 211 and two hand lines from Engine 18-11.
Chief 2 didn't waste anytime adding two additional engines and a F.A.S.T. company to the box.
Crews worked fast to darken down the bulk of the fire on the exterior of the building while crews made a push on the interior from the front.
One person was unaccounted for on the second floor in the rear but was found outside as the interior crews made a primary search.
The firefighters were taking a beating from the heat of the fire plus the outside temperatures. Command special-called additional two alarms for manpower to replace worn out firefighters. They had a tough time inside as the fire spread within the walls.
Early stages of the investigation point to a possible cigarette that started a propane tank fire attached to a gas grille against the rear of the house. No injuries were reported.
Around 1345 hrs on Tuesday Crews from Upper Saucon Volunteer Fire Department, Se-Wy-Co Fire Company, and Upper Saucon Ambulance Corps were dispatched to I-78 Eastbound in the area of Mile marker 60 for an accident with rescue.
When crews arrived they found a vehicle rolled off the highway down an embankment and they had two adults and one child trapped. Crews worked for over an hour in high heat to remove all victims from the hospital two of which were flown to the hospital, and the third went by ground.
In all Units From those 3 Stations along with crews from Lower Milford Volunteer Fire Company #1, Coopersburg Fire Rescue, Eastern Salisbury Fire Dept, Western Salisbury Fire Department, Macungie Ambulance Corps (rehab), Emmaus EMS, Bucks County Medic 108, Cetronia Ambulance Corps, PennSTAR Flight Team, and LVHN MedEvac worked to successfully remove all victims and transport them to local hospitals.
At 21:38 Monday evening, Whitehall Rescue's 8 & 5, Engine 11 and EMS 62 under the command of Deputy Chief Shambo responded to Fullerton Avenue and Allison Street for the injury accident with rescue.
Engine 11 (3612) arrives and reports a two vehicle MVA blocking the south bound lanes with one on its roof and multiple people pinned.
Tools were put in service from Rescue 8 (3641) and the roof pulled on the car that was on all four wheels. Rescue 5 (4041) arrives and puts their tools in-service and takes a door off the Durango that's on its roof.
Three people had to be extricated. Three children were also in the cars and were out of the vehicles upon the arrival of the fire department.
A total of 6 people were transported to area hospitals in unknown conditions.
The accident is under investigation by Whitehall Police.
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.
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