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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  


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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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.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Lehigh County   Structure Fire  


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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  


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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