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Lehigh County

Pre-Arrival Video:  Firefighters battle wind driven fire that rips through Coplay Borough house

December 11, 2014 at 1:50PM

December 10, 2014 at 23:58 Lehigh County Fire Radio transmitted a box for a house fire at 115 North 9th Street in Coplay Borough sending Coplay Station 5 and Whitehall Engines 3 (LC 3831) and Engine 13 (LC 3811).

Caller stated that the house was filling with smoke. Minutes later, police arrive and report a working fire.

Engine 511 arrived with a crew of three and positioned in front of the 1.5-story private dwelling. Whitehall's Engine 3 was ordered to lay a supply line from 9th and Chestnut Streets and supply water to Engine 511. Command struck the 2nd alarm bringing in Whitehall Engine 4 (LC3911) and Rescue 5 (LC4041), EMS 62 and Rehab unit 66.

Two lines were stretched from 511. Interior crews had a tough time accessing the fire above the ceiling on the first floor. Eventually the fire broke through the roof and crews backed out. The elevated water stream from Engine 3 was utilized to darken down the fire. Crews then re-entered the dwelling and made another attempt to hit the fire.

At this point, the fire rapidly extended throughout the roof area and crews were ordered back out. The elevated master stream was put back in service along with a hand line and was concentrated on the heavy fire load in the roof and attic.

The bulk of the fire was darkened down in 1 hour and crews remained on scene for several hours hitting hot spots.

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Lehigh County

Pizza shop sustained minor damage in North Whitehall, PA. 2nd alarm fire Tuesday night

December 10, 2014 at 12:52AM

At 21:58 Lehigh County 9-1-1 transmitted a structural fire for 5757 Route 145 at the pizzeria sending Engine 1211, Tanker 1221, Station 16 and Northampton County Engine 4712 and Tanker 4731.

Chief 16-01 signed on the radio responding and was updated by dispatch that two callers were reporting a fire in the fryer and that the fire appears to be out. At 22:03 Lehigh Township Chief 47 went on location with reports of an active fire and went to investigate. Moments later Chief 47 signaled a working fire in the duct work and walls of the 2-story restaurant. Chief 12-03 immediately struck the 2nd alarm at 22:05.

Engine 12-11 arrived first and stretched 2 hand lines, one into the interior and one to the exterior of side 4 of the building. Tanker 12-21 was ordered to lay a supply line in from the professional building at Canterbury Drive. Lehigh Township Engine 47-12 arrived 2nd due with a full crew and used ground ladders on the 4 side of the building to gain access to the fire on the exterior wall.

The 2nd alarm was transmitted sending Whitehall Engine 4 (LC3911), Lehigh County Station 22, 26, EMS 67 and Rehab 66-51.

Tower Ladder 16 backed into the parking lot and went into operation with their bucket to the roof with 2 firefighters.

The fire burned through the wall in the area of the vent fan on the south side of the building. Crews hit the fire from the interior and exterior. The fire was held to the area of the exterior wall.

A 3rd alarm was transmitted for those companies to stand-by at their stations. Walnutport's Ladder 29 was special-called to the scene.

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Tags:   2nd Alarm   Lehigh County   Structure Fire  


Lehigh County

North Whitehall Firefighters called out to report of dwelling fire on Levans Road late Sunday night

November 17, 2014 at 9:00AM

North Whitehall Firefighters called out to report of dwelling fire on Levans Road late Sunday night

Lehigh County 9-1-1 transmitted the box for a report of a dwelling fire at 2750 Levans Road at 20:08 Sunday night sending stations 22, 16 and 26. Additional information was transmitted to the chief officers that the caller was reporting an odor of something burning along with the lights flickering.

Chief 22 arrives and reports a one-story single-family-dwelling (S/F/D) with nothing showing. Tanker 22 arrived first and positioned at the front of the dwelling on Levans Road.

Crews found an electrical problem and notified PPL utilities to respond to the scene.

There was very minimal damage to the dwelling and no injuries were reported.

Tags:   House Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

Florida Room Destroyed In South Whitehall, PA.

October 13, 2014 at 2:44PM

Florida Room Destroyed In South Whitehall, PA.

At 15:54 Sunday afternoon, Lehigh County 9-1-1 sent South Whitehall Stations 3, 32, 11, Salisbury Station 31 and Alburtis Station 1 for Rescue 1-41 as the designated F.A.S.T. company to 406 Beverly Drive for a report of a house fire.

South Whitehall Police arrived and reported a working fire in the Florida room and that the use of a garden hose was used to try and contain the fire.

Fire command assigned the first due engine to bring a water supply with it from Windsor and Parkway Road. The second due engine to drop a supply line from Beverly and Chelsea Lane.

Truck 31-31 was positioned on the Bravo side of the home on Windsor while both 1st and 2nd due engines positioned in front of the fire building and stretched hand lines. A total of 3 hand lines were stretched and operating.

The fire was contained to the Florida room while the main dwelling sustained minor smoke damage.

Tags:   Lehigh County   Structure Fire  


Lehigh County

Chief Strikes The 2nd Alarm For House Fire In Western Salisbury, PA.

August 28, 2014 at 5:09PM

Chief Strikes The 2nd Alarm For House Fire In Western Salisbury, PA.

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.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

Dive Units From Surrounding Municipalities Search Lehigh River For Report Of Jumper

August 13, 2014 at 10:01PM

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.

Video and photos used with permission by Rich Rolen (LVBN).

Tags:   Lehigh County   Water Rescue  


Lehigh County

Pre-Arrival Video:  Fully Involved Van Fire On Interstate 78 In Upper Saucon, PA.

August 10, 2014 at 10:24PM

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.

Tags:   Automobile Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

Wrong Way Driver Causes Multiple Accidents On Route 22 Saturday Night

July 27, 2014 at 12:44AM

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.

Tags:   Accident   Lehigh County   Rescue  


Lehigh County

2nd Alarm:  Truck Hauling Hay Burns On Mauch Chunk Road

July 26, 2014 at 11:53PM

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Around 16:20 hours Saturday afternoon, Woodlawn Station 32 was dispatched to the area of Rothrock Motors on Mauch Chunk Road for a report of a truck on fire hauling hay.

Chief 32 arrives to find a working fire and strikes out the 2nd alarm due to the size of the load. Whitehall Township sent an engine to assist with the South Whitehall companies.

Allentown Engine 10 was moved up to the Woodlawn station to cover calls in their district. Crews were still on the scene at 23:00 hours.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Automobile Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

Duplex Heavily Damaged In 3-Alarm Fire In Catasauqua, PA.

July 26, 2014 at 7:21PM

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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.

Tags:   3rd Alarm    House Fire   Lehigh County