02/28/15 | 22:45 | FATAL HOUSE FIRE | NJ | PHILLIPSBURG | HUDSON & HENDERSON STS | 1 VIC DOA : : 02/28/15 | 17:39 | 1ST ALARM | NORTHAMPTON | 840 MAIN ST | HEAVY FIRE VENTING FROM ROOF AND ATTIC OF DUPLEX | MULTIPLE L/S/O, 1 TOWER LADDER AND 1 LADDER IN OPERATION | ALL THE DETAILS BELOW....
At 17:39 Northampton County fire dispatched Northampton Boro Station 42, 43, 46 and Rescue 1541 (F.A.S.T.) and EMS 49 to 851 Main Street on a report of a house fire across from that address. Dispatch immediately alerted all companies of a working fire.
On arrival, Chief 42-52 found fire venting from the roof of the 3-story duplex and signaled a working fire with an address of 840 Main Street. The 1st alarm was then filled out sending additional companies. Engine 42-12 arrived and brought water to the fire from a hydrant on Main Street just north of East 9th Street. Tower Ladder 46 positioned in front of the building and put their bucket in-service with the master stream to make a quick hit on the fire. Ladder 43 (North Catasauqua) also positioned in front of the fire building and put the stick up to the roof of the exposure (side 2) when they arrived at 17:47.
The tower ladder darkened down the bulk of the fire for the interior crew to gain access to the 3rd floor where they used a hand line to hit the rest of the fire.
Crews worked for an hour to bring the fire under control. Most of the damage was contained to the attic and roof of the original fire building.
Red Cross was notified to assist 6 people that were displaced by the fire.
Coplay Police closed their side of the Coplay / Northampton bridge for the duration of the fire.
On Thursday afternoon crews from Lower Saucon were dispatched to the 3700 Blk of Old Philadelphia Pk for a structure fire.
First arriving crews encountered heavy fire and a 2nd then 3rd alarm were requested. Numerous lines were placed in service along with a tower ladder after the evacuation order was given.
Crews battled the fire for several hours and more resources were special requested before bringing the fire under control, cold weather hampered some of their efforts and the fire is now under investigation.
Video, Photos and story by correspondent Mike Nester.
Lower Saucon Fire Stations were alerted around 22:55 for a report of a house fire with entrapment in the 1400 block of East University Avenue. Additional radio transmissions were reporting that police have a working fire. With that information, a chief officer responding transmitted the second alarm.
Once on scene, he transmitted a fully-involved 2-story single-family-dwelling (SFD). Firefighters attacked the blaze from the exterior to darken down the fire before they could get inside to search. Unfortunately, they found the 1st floor collapsed into the basement. Firefighters worked to knock down the fire on the second floor from the exterior. Once they did, they gained entry to the second floor from the front porch roof. Members did a primary search of that floor that came up negative.
It is unknown where they found the victim, who hasn't been identified as of this writing.
At 08:50, Lehigh Township Fire 47 was sent to the area of Steven lane and Mulberry Drive for a reported house fire. The updated address was immediately given out as 4618 Steven for a dryer fire with extension to the house. Chief 47 arrived and signaled a working fire in a 2.5-story S/F/D with heavy smoke pushing from most of the house. The 1st alarm box was filled out.
As the fire was engulfing the garage area and roof of the dwelling, command struck the 2nd alarm along with a tanker task force. Walnutport's Ladder 29 positioned in the drive-way while Lehigh Engine 47 stopped on the street in front of the dwelling.
Interior members made a good push to the second floor after knocking down the fire on the first floor and darkened down the bulk of the fire in the attic within 20 minutes of arriving. Other members worked lines on the exterior of the dwelling on the side of the garage.
Companies from Lehigh and Carbon Counties assisted at the scene. A tanker fill site was established at a pond near Steven and Mulberry.
Extensive salvage work was also commenced to try and save a lot of the personal belongings in the dwelling not being affected by the fire. PPL was on location and cut power to the house. Red Cross was notified to assist the family.
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.
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