Lehigh County

Air born SUV nails house on Mauch Chunk Road, occupants flee police before being apprehended

November 22, 2015 at 12:46PM

Air born SUV nails house on Mauch Chunk Road, occupants flee police before being apprehended

Just after midnight Sunday morning, South Whitehall Police radioed in an accident at Mauch Chunk Road and Girard Avenue for a vehicle into house. Lehigh County transmitted a rescue assignment to the intersection. Police engaged in a short foot pursuit when some of the occupants of the vehicle fled on foot from the scene. The occupants exited the SUV and ran through the house and exited the back door of the residence.

After the short pursuit, police radioed that they had two subjects down at gun point and had apprehended them.

Speed appears a factor in the accident. Over 100 feet of skid marks were on the road prior to hitting an embankment and going air born. Police are investigating the accident.

Fire command reported no entrapment and had the balance of the rescue box recalled except for Rescue 11. Mauch Chunk Road remained closed in both directions for the duration of the incident.

Photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Accident   Lehigh County  

Lehigh County

Response to Penn Crest Apartments ends up being small kitchen fire

November 22, 2015 at 12:24PM

Response to Penn Crest Apartments ends up being small kitchen fire

At 21:31 Saturday night, South Whitehall, Western Salisbury and Whitehall were sent to 1252 Saint Michael Street for a reported apartment building fire. Assistant Chief 32-02 (Search) arrives on location and reports a smoke condition on the second floor of the multiple dwelling.

Engine 32 positions in front of the building and establishes a water supply at a hydrant directly in front of the building. A hand line is stretched to the second floor. Tower Ladder 3 (Cetronia) positions on the "Delta" side of the building and 3 ground ladders are set-up in the rear of the building.

Interior crews meanwhile search for the fire and find a small kitchen fire resulting from burnt food on the stove. Numerous cats were rounded up and safely delivered to their owners waiting outside. Crews checked for extension and ventilated the building.

Whitehall Rescue 8 (LC3641) was the designated F.A.S.T. company but were not used.

Tags:   Apartment    Lehigh County  

Lehigh County

Han-Le-Co Fire Company holds official housing and dedication for new Ladder 33-31

November 01, 2015 at 1:13PM

On October 10th, 2015 Han-Le-Co Fire Company located in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, PA. bordering the City of Allentown to the northeast dedicated their new 2015 105' Pierce Quantum. The truck comes equipped with a 2000gpm pump and 500 gallon water tank.

The new ladder 33 replaces a 1991 Pierce Arrow 75' Quint with a 2000 gpm pump and 600 gallon water tank. This piece was sold to a neighboring fire company to the north - Lehigh Township Station 47 in Northampton County.

Tags:   Ladder Company   Lehigh County  

Lehigh County

Two homes damaged during 2-alarm blaze in Macungie, PA.

October 06, 2015 at 1:38PM

At 17:18 hours Monday afternoon, Lehigh County 9-1-1 dispatched units to the 127 Hillcrest Dr. South for a reported house fire.

As crews are responding, heavy smoke is visible in the area and a 2nd alarm is requested. First arriving officer takes command and reports two homes involved with live wires down in front of the homes. Crews immediately stretch multiple lines to both homes to knock down the fire, one property suffers extensive damage to the bravo side while the other is destroyed with fire on all divisions.

Crews worked for a couple hours to knock down the flames and one firefighter had a close call when a portion of a garage wall collapsed nearby.

Around 04:00 Tuesday morning, crews were dispatched again for a rekindle. On arrival, they found the same house fully involved.

Video and photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  

Lehigh County

Second Alarm fire closes Rt. 873 in Northern Lehigh County

September 21, 2015 at 11:40PM

At 21:03 Lehigh County 9-1-1 transmitted the box for Rt. 873 and Oak Drive for a reported house fire sending Station 9, Tanker 621, Ladder 23-31 and EMS 67.

The fire dispatcher provided Chief 9-02 that a passer-by reports the house to be fully involved. With that information, Chief 9-02 adds Tanker 16 (Neffs) to the box at 21:08. Lehigh County Radio also advises companies responding that another caller reports screaming coming from the house and upgrades the box to possible people trapped. Another caller reports the house is vacant. A confirmed address is also updated to 6655 Rt. 873.

At 21:09 Engine 9-11 arrives on location and signals a working fire. A minute later EMS 67-94 advises that there's live wires down around the dwelling and to use caution.

Chief 9 arrives and has the 2nd alarm struck. At 21:12 Lehigh County sends Tanker 9-21, Engine 24, Tanker 23-22, 10-21, Norco 47 Tanker, Ladder 16 and Rescue 11 (F.A.S.T.).

Ladders 23 and 16 put their elevated master streams into operation along with multiple hand lines. The fire started darkening down 45 minutes into the call.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  

Lehigh County

Small kitchen fire sends one elderly female to the hospital on Circle Drive in Catasauqua, PA.

September 07, 2015 at 2:47PM

Take a look at the photo gallery of this fire by clicking HERE.

At 12:27 Catasauqua 2 and North Catasauqua 18 were dispatched for a reported dwelling fire at 121 Circle Drive. Deputy Chief 203 (Paul) arrives and reports nothing showing front of building with people outside and goes to investigate. Moments later he returns to the radio and reports the house charged with smoke and orders Engine 211 to bring in a water supply and stretch a hand line to the front door.

Ladder 231 positions nose first into the front of Engine 211. Members find a small kitchen fire that was result of food on the stove that extended to the cabinets.

The balance of the box proceeded in to stand-by. Greenawalds Rescue 11 was added to the box as the F.A.S.T. company but later recalled.

An elderly female was transported by EMS 75 to an area hospital with minor burns. The Fire Marshal is investigating.


Tags:   House Fire   Lehigh County  

Lehigh County

2nd Alarm:  Firefighters battle early afternoon house fire in Slatington injuring one firefighter

September 06, 2015 at 8:49PM

Lehigh County 9-1-1 dispatched Station 24, Engine 29-11, Ladder 29-31, Rescue 11-41 (F.A.S.T.) to 1135 Maple Spring Drive for a reported house fire. Deputy 29 (Wentz) signed on radio responding and was advised that the caller reported the rear deck on fire. Deputy 29 arrives in area reporting heavy smoke showing and moments later reported a working fire in a 1-story private dwelling and struck out the 2nd alarm at 14:06.

Lehigh County transmitted the second alarm at 14:07 sending Engines 611, 911, 2311, 1611, 4712 (N.C.), Tower Ladder 721 (Palmerton), squad 1651 and rehab 66.

Chief 24 went on location taking over command. Three lines were immediately stretched as fire was rapidly spreading into the roof area of the building. One line was stretched to the rear, two through the front door and one to side 4 of the building.

Ladder 47 went to the roof to cut a vent hole. A water supply was established using a hydrant across the street from the fire building. Crews worked for about 45 minutes to darken down all the fire. Crews in the garage had a stubborn fire above the ceiling in the roof line and had to pull ceilings to gain access to the fire. The crew in the rear continued to water down the deck and the exterior of the house.

A total of 4 hand lines were stretched and operating. One firefighter and the homeowner were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries. Catasauqua was requested for a second F.A.S.T. company.

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Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  

Lehigh County

Man critically burned in apartment after mattress catches fire

September 02, 2015 at 11:53PM

At 22:05 September 2, 2015 Lehigh County dispatched Slatington Fire 24 to 700 Main Street for the automatic fire alarm. Police arrive and report a mattress on fire with a 67 Y.O. male critically burned. Lehigh County Fire Radio upgrades the box at 22:09 to a structural fire and adds Walnutport Ladder 29, Neffs Ladder 16 and Palmerton Ladder 721.

Chief 24-03 arrives and reports smoke showing from the front door of a 4-story multiple dwelling. The first in Ladder enters apartment 102 on the first floor with a water can and extinguishes the mattress. The elderly male is rushed into an awaiting EMS rig from Station 67 and transported to the hospital in critical condition with severe burns to his upper body.

One hand line is stretched to the front door of the building as a precaution. Ladders 29 and 16 position on Church Street (side 4) and Ladders 24 and Palmerton's 7 position on Main Street (side 1.)

The State Police Fire Marshal was notified to respond as did the Slatington Police Detective.

Preliminary cause of the fire is smoking in bed but not confirmed.

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Tags:   Apartment    Ladder Company   Lehigh County  

Lehigh County

Firefighters douse small house fire in North Whitehall, PA. Monday evening injuring 1 firefighter

September 01, 2015 at 8:24AM

Lehigh County Fire Radio dispatched Engines 9, 16, Tanker 9 and 16 to the house next to 2243 Red Hill Road for a house fire at 21:47. The initial 9-1-1 caller can see flames inside the house. Chief 16-01 arrives at 21:54 and preliminary reports smoke showing from a two-story single-family-dwelling (S/F/D). At 21:55 command signals a working house fire requesting 3 additional tankers be added to the 1st alarm assignment. Tankers 6, 12 and 26 were added to the box at 21:57.

Ladder 16-31 arrives first and stretches two hand lines to the oddly configured house. One line goes through the second-floor window (street level) and the second line goes in through a door on the lower level. The second floor of the structure is at street level and the 1st floor is below street level. You can actually walk onto the roof of the 1st story directly from the street.

At 22:15, command special-called two additional Engines on the box. Lehigh County sent Engines 12 and 24.

The interior crews made a quick hit on the fire darkening down the bulk of the fire in 20 minutes. The fire was under control 45 minutes later. One firefighter sustained minor injuries. Rehab Unit 66 was dispatched at 22:11 for the exhausted firefighters.

EMS 67-93 was also on the scene.

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Tags:   House Fire   Lehigh County  

Lehigh County

Pick-up Truck under Tractor-Trailer traps driver on Route 100 for an extended period of time

August 01, 2015 at 5:43PM

Pick-up Truck under Tractor-Trailer traps driver on Route 100 for an extended period of time

Around 10:40 AM Saturday morning, Wesosville Rescue 30, Engine 30 and EMS 66 get dispatched to the intersection of Route 100 and Quarry Road in Lower Macungie for an auto extrication. Once on scene, crews found a pick-up truck under the trailer portion of the tractor trailer with the driver still inside.

Command requested two additional rescue companies from Trexlertown 25 and Alburtis 1. Rescue crews worked for an hour using tools to cut the driver out of the mangled wreckage.

Photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Accident   Lehigh County   Rescue