At 02:07 Northampton County transmitted a tactical box for 947 South Cotton Wood Road on a house fire, sending Lehigh Township 47, Walnutport Ladder 44-21 and Allen Township 45-31.
Chief 47-53 went on location and reported a fire in the exterior wall of a 2.5-story dwelling and had the county fill out the full 1st alarm for a working fire.
He ordered the first-in engine to check the interior walls with a thermal imaging camera and a second crew to the exterior to open up the wall.
Three hand lines were stretched with two in operation, one interior and one exterior. Once the walls were opened up, firefighters found fire in the wall near the pellet stove.
Companies remained on the scene for about an hour overhauling and checking for extension.
The residents told Newsworking that the wife noticed smoke coming out of the wall and woke her husband up. He called 9-1-1 and then used an extinguisher around the stove pipe where it entered the wall. Early detection on this fire saved the house.
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.
At 23:01 Friday night, Stations 42, 45 and 43 were sent to 1403 Main Street for a radio report from police of a house fire. Police report fire showing from the 1st floor.
Chief 42-52 arrives and reports a working fire on the 1st floor side 2 of a 3-story duplex. Chief 42-53 arrives and takes operations.
Chief 42-52 special-calls 1 additional station for a full response. Fire dispatch assigns Lehigh Township Station 47.
Engine 42-12 arrives first and positions in front of the fire building and ordered to bring a water supply from 14th and Main Streets and then stretch one hand line to the fire building.
Engine 43-11 (North Catasauqua) is ordered to assist P.D. in removing dogs from the exposure. Ladder 43-21 positions in front of the fire building nosed in to Engine 42-12. Engine 45-12 positions in front of the fire building on Main Street. Ladder 47-21 positions on 14th Street and stretches 2 hand lines to the rear of the exposure.
Fire arriving engine crews darken down the fire on the first floor within 10 minutes, however the fire is rapidly extending in the walls and within a few minutes the 2nd and 3rd floors of the main fire building are fully-involved. At one point during the battle, evac tones are sounded and all members pulled out of the building. After they re-group and darken down some of the fire from the exterior hand lines, they re-enter both dwellings to hit the hot spots. The fire was under control 1 hour later. Crews spent a few hours overhauling and mopping up. The fire is under investigation.
*UPDATE* There was a rekindle of this fire around 06:30 Saturday morning. Two alarms were transmitted before the rekindle was brought under control.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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