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Northampton County

Sink hole swallows PPL utility truck in Bethlehem Township, PA

November 21, 2014 at 9:50AM

At 00:20 Friday morning, Chief 17-54 radioed Northampton County Radio that a PPL utility truck was in a sink hole and the driver was trapped at 1827 Hampton Road near Norfolk.

Stations 14 and 17 were dispatched. 17-54 advised that the truck was on top of a 4 inch high pressure gas line. He had two engines secure a water supply from nearby hydrants.

Homes within 300 feet of the incident were evacuated to nearby fire houses.

UGI worked the area in securing the gas in the area. It was reported that a water main had broke in the area. The PPL truck found the break.

Tags:   Accident   Northampton County  


Northampton County

Firefighters Respond to house fire and find a working fire in attached garage

November 16, 2014 at 4:19PM

At 11:37 AM, Northampton County dispatched Lehigh Township Fire on a tactical box for a reported house fire at 603 Cherry Road. Chief 47 arrives and reports a working fire in the attached garage and has the balance of the 1st alarm dispatched.

First arriving 47 engine was ordered down the long driveway and stretched two hand lines. One to the garage and one to the interior of the dwelling to make a stop of the fire if it was extending from the garage. Members used a saw to cut away the garage door to make entry.

47's tanker positioned at the end of the driveway behind Engine 47 and supplied that engine with water. The fire was out in 10 minutes. Firefighters cut a vent hole in the roof above the garage to vent heat and gases and also to check for fire extension.

Other companies assisting at the scene was Walnutport's Ladder, Engine and Squad, Northampton Boro's Squad and Allen Township 45.

Tags:   House Fire   Northampton County  


Northampton County

Violent crash kills 1, injures 3 others on Route 145 in Lehigh Township

November 09, 2014 at 9:23PM

Violent crash kills 1, injures 3 others on Route 145 in Lehigh Township

Just before 2:00PM, Lehigh Township Fire was dispatched to Route 145 in the area of Mulberry Lane for an auto extrication.

When the rescue company arrived, firefighters found a violent two car head-on crash on 145 between Mulberry and Willow. One patient still in the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. Rescue workers cut the roof and doors off one car to free the occupants.

EMS requested two medical helo's to fly. The rescue was complete in 20 minutes. Two more occupants were flown to area trauma centers while a third was transported by ambulance.

The road was closed for a few hours while Lehigh Township Police investigated the crash.

Photos by Nester Video Productions.

Tags:   Accident   Fatality   Northampton County  


Northampton County

Tri-Boro Sports Club garage damaged in brush fire Tuesday

November 06, 2014 at 8:18PM

At 14:35 Tuesday, Northampton Borough Fire was dispatched to 2110 Canal Street at the Tri-Boro Sports Club for a reported brush fire with exposure problems.

While responding, a significant column of smoke was visible coming from the area. As crews arrive they quickly upgrade the assignment to a structure fire with a garage being well involved.

Firefighters worked for about an hour to bring the fire which consumed the building an what appeared to be a trailer under control. Crews pulled water from the Lehigh River to battle the fire which will be investigated by the Fire and Police Departments

Video and Photos by Nester Video Productions.



Northampton County

Palmer Municipal Fire battles late night house fire that injures 1 firefighter

November 03, 2014 at 10:36AM

A few minutes after 23:00 Sunday, Palmer 27 was dispatched to 3200 Freemansburg Avenue (c/s Greenwood) for a reported house fire.

Chief 27 arrives and reports a fully-involved 1-story single-family-dwelling (S/F/D) and requests the F.A.S.T. from station 15.

The first due engine stretches 5 lines. The chief special-calls 1 additional engine from station 14. Members had to use caution as a live power line fell into the yard. You'll see the arcing in the video.

About an hour into the fire, the chief signals the fire out and request S.P.C.A. for 20 cats that were found alive in the basement.

1 Firefighter sustained a minor hand injury and was treated by EMS and transported to an area hospital.

Tags:   House Fire   Northampton County  


Northampton County

Diamond Fire Company social quarters destroyed in 4-alarm fire

November 02, 2014 at 7:32PM

At 12:06 Lehigh County Fire Radio answered calls for report of smoke from the Diamond Fire Company. Stations 29, 24 and EMS 67 was dispatched to 209 Washington Street for a structural fire.

Chief 29 signs on the radio and immediately transmits the 2nd alarm for a working fire at the companies social quarters located at 100 Main Street, across from the main station.

Lehigh County transmits the 2nd alarm at 12:06 sending the balance of stations 29 and 24 plus ladder 47 (Lehigh Township).

At 12:11, Chief 29 struck out the 3rd alarm as the fire vented through the roof. Lehigh County sent Engines 6-11, 9-11, Engine 714 (Palmerton), Ladder 16, Ladder 721 and Air 32-92.

The chief ordered Ladder 47 to the front of the structure, while Ladder 29 took the rear. Slatington's Ladder 24 positioned in the parking lot of the social quarters (side 4). Ladders 47 and 24 put their ladder pipes into operation to make a hit on the fire and darken down the bulk of the fire.

Tower ladders 7-21 and 16-21 were positioned on Washington Street (Side 2) and were ordered to work that side of the building. Once the water supplies were established for the ladders, in a matter of minutes the fire darkened down.

The 4th alarm was transmitted at 12:13 sending Carbon County Engine 112, Ladder 523, Northampton County Ladder 42 and Ladder 46 and Lehigh County Engine 16.

The building is well over 100 years old and was no match for this wind driven fire. The fire is under investigation.

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Northampton County

Fire Damages Building And Pizza Shop On Main Street In Nazareth

October 29, 2014 at 7:49PM

Firefighters responded to Pizza Joe's at 550 South Main Street for a report of a structural fire around 10:45 AM Wednesday.

On arrival they found smoke pushing from the 3-story 65x45 mixed use building with a pizza shop on the first floor.

Members stretched to the top floor and were met with heavy fire conditions. Command eventually pulled everyone out just before a small explosion occurred.

Members then attempted to advance back in and were eventually called out by command for a second time as the fire burned through the roof.

The fire was place under control in 1 hour.

Photos and video by Mike Nester.



Northampton County

Garage Damaged During Afternoon Fire In Lehigh Township, PA.

August 11, 2014 at 10:13AM

Just after 2:30 PM Sunday, Lehigh Township was dispatched to 579 South Cottonwood Road for a report of a garage fire attached to a dwelling. Chief 47-51 (Hildebrand) reported a smoke column while responding and had the 1st alarm assignment filled out.

Firefighters made a quick knock on the fire and prevented the fire from spreading to the adjoining dwelling. A deck attached to the garage was a total loss and the garage itself was heavily damaged.



Northampton County

Emergency Crews Respond To Double Shooting on 15th Street In Wilson Borough

July 21, 2014 at 12:30AM

Around 1700 hours Sunday afternoon emergency crews responded to the area of 15th and Butler for a reported shooting in Wilson Borough. Police units from Wilson and Easton arrive on location and find two victims, one in an alley off of 15th Street and the other on Washington Street near 16th.

Both victims were transported to local trauma centers with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and arms. Police taped off the area and set up a crime scene talking to any witnesses of this daytime shooting.

Story, video and photos by Mike Nester.



Northampton County

Intense Fire Destroys One Home And Damages Four Others in Forks Township, PA

July 07, 2014 at 5:28PM

At 22:23 Northampton County Stations 25, 23 and EMS 27 were dispatched to the eleven hundred block of Spring Lane for a report of a dwelling fire. Enroute, disptach advises the companies that police are on location and reporting the house fully involved.

Command arrives and has a 2-story S/F/D under construction fully involved with extension to 1115 Spring Lane, a 2-story S/F/D (exposure D).

Heavy lines were put in-service with a ladder pipe. Command had the second alarm transmitted due to the number of exposures, but later recalled the assignment. The bulk of the fire was darkened down in 30 minutes.

4 homes were damaged from the heat and the original fire building was a total loss. The structure collapsed.

The fire is under investigation.

Viewer video submitted by Isaias Espinoza.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Northampton County