• 08/31/15 | 21:49 | WORKING HOUSE FIRE | NORTH WHITEHALL | 2243 RED HILL ROAD | 2 L/S/O FOR A FIRE ON THE 2ND FLOOR OF A 2-STY S/F/D....

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  


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.

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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