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Lehigh County

Popular Lower Macungie tavern destroyed by a 2nd alarm fire Tuesday evening

May 13, 2015 at 12:04AM

At 19:34 Lehigh County Radio transmitted the box for a structural fire at the Buckeye Tavern, 3741 Brookside Road sending Wescosville Station 30, Macungie Engines 1511, 1512 and EMS 63.

Chief 15-01 signaled a working fire from Tank Farm Road at 19:37. Chief 30 went on location at 19:42 and took command of the fire scene.

As the fire rapidly expanded throughout the second floor and attic, the 2nd alarm was requested by command.

At 19:47, the second alarm was transmitted sending Engine 7, 28, 1, Ladder 7, Cascade 32 and Engine 10 from the City of Allentown for the F.A.S.T.

Multiple large hand lines and monitors were put in-service. Tower Ladder 30 was set up in the parking lot on the south side of the building using their elevated stream and Ladder 7's water-pipe was in service on the north side of the building.

Firefighters concentrated their efforts on a defensive attack and at 21:32 the fire was declared under control by command.

View more photos of this fire in the photo gallery HERE.

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Tags:   2nd Alarm   Lehigh County   Structure Fire  


Lehigh County

South Whitehall uses all hands at house fire on North 18th Street

May 05, 2015 at 11:11PM

South Whitehall uses all hands at house fire on North 18th Street

At 22:46 hours Tuesday evening, Lehigh County transmitted the box for a dwelling fire located at 1514 North 18th Street between Stanley and Helen sending Engine 32-12, Tanker 32-21, Station 11, Engine 311, Tower Ladder 331 and EMS 62.

Chief 3204 (Kutz) arrives on location and reports a 1-story Single-Family-Dwelling (S/F/D) with fire showing from the front of the building. Moments later he ordered the first arriving engine company to split crews and do a search and rescue due to reports of someone inside.

Engine 32-12 stretched one hand line and quickly darkened down the bulk of the fire. Searches came up negative. All hands went to work and within 10 minutes, the fire was extinguished and overhaul commenced.

Crews on the scene held the fire to the first alarm assignment.

View the complete photo gallery HERE.

Tags:   House Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

Brush fire in Lowhill Township spreads to house and prompts a 2nd alarm

April 24, 2015 at 8:47PM

Brush fire in Lowhill Township spreads to house and prompts a 2nd alarm

At 14:59 hours Friday afternoon Tri-Clover Station 26 was sent to 6288 Horseshoe Road in Low Hill Township for a reported forest fire. Shortly after dispatch, Schnecksville Station 22 radioed Chief 26 and advised him that smoke was showing in the area.

Chief 26 immediately had Lehigh County Radio send one truck from Station 22 to the fire address. Chief 26 arrived and transmitted the second alarm for a house fire and a the brush fire. Lehigh County Radio transmitted the 2nd alarm sending Stations 8, 51, 22, 25, 17 and EMS 62.

Crews stopped the spread of fire on both the house and the brush fire. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation.

Photos by Dennis Wetherhold Jr. You can view more of his photos here.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Brush Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

Route 309 closed in North Whitehall as firefighters battle 4-alarm house fire

April 12, 2015 at 1:52PM

At 20:15 hours Saturday night, North Whitehall firefighters responded to the area of Rt. 309 and Woodlea Road for a report of a house fire. Once on location, crews found a dwelling at 4519 Peters Avenue well-involved in the rear of the 2-story dwelling and struck the 2nd alarm.

Firefighters had a difficult time accessing the property and getting a water supply established. The front of the home actually faces Route 309. As heavy fire continues to burn the rear of the structure, command strikes the 3rd and 4th alarms to get more manpower and tankers to the scene.

Tower Ladder 16 (Neffs) comes down Peters Avenue to an adjoining driveway and positions the rig on the North side of the fire building. Once they get a water supply, the master stream is used from the bucket between the trees to darken down the bulk of the fire.

Interior crews stretch a hand line in the front door to the second floor and extinguish the remaining fire in the attic by pulling ceilings to access it.

Route 309 was closed for the duration of the fire. The fire is under investigation.

Tags:   4th Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

2nd Alarm fire destroys Lower Macungie house and lights up the early morning sky

February 25, 2015 at 7:24PM

Early Wednesday morning Lower Macungie F.D. was dispatched to the 1100 Block of Zola Ct for a reported house fire. First arriving crews had a 2 story home fully involved, crews led off with master streams and heavy line.

The fire burned for about and hour and a half as crews worked to bring it under control in below freezing temperatures. Once under control crews would remain on location for several hours for overhaul and firewatch.

Video, Photos and Story by correspondent Mike Nester.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

Crews battle fully-involved house fire in Hanover Township Monday afternoon

February 16, 2015 at 7:24PM

Monday Afternoon Crews from Han-Le-Co Fire Company were dispatched to a reported dwelling fire in the 1900 Blk of Troxell Street.

As crews responded a header was visible rising from the block, once on location they found a home fully involved. Crews led off with a blitz attack flowing a deck gun while a water supply was established. Multiple hand lines were placed into service. As more mutual aid arrived on location a second supply line was laid in and a tower ladder was put in service. Crews had the fire under control in about an hour, however will remain on location throughout the evening.

Video, Photos and story by correspondent Mike Nester.

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Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

3rd Alarm:  Video and photos from Salisbury Township, PA structural fire

February 13, 2015 at 10:11PM

Salisbury and Fountain Hill Firefighters responded to a report of a dwelling fire at 820 Public Road Thursday night at 23:10 hours.

Police arrived first and reported a structural fire at Public Road and Jeter Avenue. Chief 20 struck the 2nd alarm while enroute to the address.

Firefighers found a commercial building well involved on arrival. Fountain Hill Ladder 34 positioned on the Jeter Avenue side and put their water pipe in-service.

With the fire was rapidly extending through-out the building shortly after arrival, command transmitted the 3rd alarm.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Lehigh County   Structure Fire  


Lehigh County

Two-alarm fire displaces 5 children and 2 adults in South Whitehall house fire

January 18, 2015 at 1:05AM

At 16:20 Saturday afternoon, South Whitehall Firefighters responded to 1604 N. 26th Street (26th & Russell) for a house fire with entrapment. Command quickly went on location and upgraded the box to a working fire and added a F.A.S.T. company from Whitehall to the box.

Members stretched hand lines to the interior and quickly darkened down the fire. Command had the 2nd alarm struck that brought two more engines to the scene.

Three members put Truck 3 (3-31) in-service and went to the roof to cut a vent hole in the roof.

The lady that was reported to be trapped was out of the house by the time the fire department arrived. She was being evaluated by Cetronia Paramedics.

Allentown Engine 10 moved to the Woodlawn Station to cover calls in the township.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

Photos of the Pierce Ladders from Han-Le-Co and Lehigh Township

January 11, 2015 at 10:30PM

Photos of the Pierce Ladders from Han-Le-Co and Lehigh Township

Sunday January 11th Lehigh Township Ladder 47 and Han-Le-Co Ladder 33 met for the last time before Ladder 47 goes to the paint shop for a new paint job.

Lehigh Township's ladder truck will get repainted with their red, white and blue colors to match the rest of their fleet. Both fire companies came together today to photograph the trucks for one last time that they will be seen with the Han-Le-Co colors.

Lehigh Township purchased the the ladder truck from Han-Le-Co a few months ago. It's nice to see the ladder was purchased by a local fire company and will be in-service in this northwestern Northampton County community and will provide the residents with a valuable firefighting tool. This is Lehigh Township's first ladder truck.

Both trucks were manufactured by Pierce Manufacturing.



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3rd Alarm: Video and photos from a fully-involved house fire in Salisbury, PA.

December 27, 2014 at 12:45PM

Lehigh County transmitted a box for a reported house fire at 05:11 for 1736 Ritter Street sending Station 20, Fountain Hill Ladder 34 and EMS 73. Chief 20-01 went responding at 05:14 and was advised by dispatch that the fire was located near a wood burning stove and multiple calls were being received so expect a possible working fire on arrival. With that information, the Chief transmitted the 2nd alarm. Moments later, ambulance 73-94 went arriving and reported a working fire on Wistar Street.

Lehigh County transmitted the second alarm at 05:18 for Engines 31-12, 18-12, Ladder 31-31, Rescue 7-41 (F.A.S.T.), Cascade 32, and Re-Hab 66. At this time, all residents are reported out of the house and safe in a neighbors home.

First-due Engine was ordered to bring a water supply in from Broadway and Wistar and then stretch a large hand line from the rear of the engine. With the dwelling fully-involved, a defensive attack mode was commenced from the start as companies stretched their largest hand lines and put deck guns in operation.

Command requested numerous tankers for water supply and confirmed the dwelling was on Wistar Street not Ritter Street.

Electrical lines came down in the street that were attached to the house and hampered the initial attack. 20 Command ordered PPL Utilities to expedite to the scene.

The fire went to three alarms before it was brought under control. All video and photos by Mike Nester. More photos can be viewed by clicking here.

Tags:   3rd Alarm    House Fire   Lehigh County