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  

Lehigh County

Coopersburg house damaged in 2 alarm fire

July 06, 2015 at 7:28PM

Shortly before 15:00 hours, Coopersburg Fire Department was dispatched to 34 Young Avenue for a reported house fire. Responding from headquarters, police reported heavy smoke showing in the area of the call.

The first apparatus to go responding also reported heavy smoke in the area and had the 2nd alarm struck.

On arrival, crews found a fully-involved garage attached to a two-story dwelling. The fire was extending to the upper floors of the house.

Crews darkened down the seat of the fire and then stretched into the house for an interior attack to stop the extension of fire.

Truck company members went to the roof to ventilate.

The fire was under control within an hour and remained on the scene for the remainder of the day.

Photos and Video by Mike Nester.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Lehigh County  

Lehigh County

Pre-Arrival Video:  Whitehall assists Coplay battling a two-alarm fire on North Ruch Street

June 11, 2015 at 10:50PM

At 18:16, Lehigh County transmitted a box for a structure fire at 117 North Ruch Street in Coplay sending Engines 511, 512, Whitehall Engines 3, 13 and EMS 62.

Chief 501 arrived and signaled a working fire in a two-story apartment building with heavy fire showing on the first floor. He ordered Whitehall Engine 3 (LC 3831) to come in and stretch two hand lines. The second due engine (511) tied into a hydrant at Ruch and Chestnut and brought water to Engine 3.

Chief 501 transmitted the 2nd alarm bringing in Whitehall Engines 4, 5, Tower Ladder 6 and Woodlawn's Air unit.

Engine 13 positioned in an alley to the East of the fire building while Whitehall Engine 4 stretched a hand line to the second floor apartment directly above the fire apartment.

Whitehall Engine 5 brought a supply line in for Engine 4. A total of 4 hand lines were in operation.

The fire is under investigation.

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Tags:   2nd Alarm   Lehigh County   Structure Fire  

Lehigh County

Suspicious house fire in Lower Milford goes to two alarms Wednesday morning

June 05, 2015 at 10:46AM

10:30 AM Wednesday morning, Lehigh County dispatched Station 13 to house fire at 8184 Steinberg Road.

Lehigh County Sheriff's office was on location to serve an eviction notice when they discovered the fire.

The fire went to two alarms and was quickly brought under control. The fire is under investigation,

All video and photos by Jay Wagner.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  

Lehigh County

Structure fire in North Whitehall shuts down busy intersection during rush hour

May 27, 2015 at 5:42PM

At 04:53 Lehigh County Radio transmitted a structural fire located at Willow Street and Mauch Chunk Road sending Engines 26, Tankers 26, 22, 16 and Truck 16.

Chief 22-01 was advised of a flames from a barn and multiple calls being received. He arrived on location finding a barn fully involved. He ordered the second alarm struck at 05:02. The Chief was concerned about protecting a van parked next to the building and a residence just west of the fire.

At 05:03 Lehigh County transmitted the second alarm sending a full response from 16, Tankers, 11, 32, 12, Whitehall Rescue 36 (Rescue 8) as the designated F.A.S.T. and EMS 67.

First arriving Engine 26 was ordered to the Mauch Chunk Road side of the structure and they stretched a hand line to the south side and extinguished the van fire. The van was parked next to the building.

When Tanker 32 arrived on the second alarm, they stretched two large hand lines from Engine 26 to the south side of the building.

Tower Ladder 16 positioned on Willow Street and was ordered to put the bucket up and use their elevated master stream. Companies used 6 hand lines, the Tower Ladder, and the deck gun on Engine 26.

The bulk of the fire was darkened down within the hour. Crews remained on the scene for many hours after working on hot spots and overhauling the large building.

Willow Street and Mauch Chunk Road was closed during the duration of the fire.

View over 40 photos in the photo gallery of this fire by clicking HERE.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Lehigh County   Structure Fire