At 17:12 box 3212 was transmitted for a house fire at 234 East Hamilton Street sending Engines 6, 9, 4, 14 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2, Battalion 43 and FM 45. First due Engine 13 was on an EMS run and became available the same time the box was going out and responded.
Engine 9 went on scene first with heavy fire showing on the first floor of the 3-story dwelling. Members stretched to the first floor and encountered heavy fire. The crew darkened down the main body of fire within minutes, making way for firefighters to gain access to the upper floors for searches and to check for extension.
Battalion 43 signaled the fire under control 20 minutes after arrival. Searches came up negative and no extension of fire was found. Crews remained on scene mopping up. The Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze.
Box 2327 was transmitted at 17:00 hours for a report of a house fire with rescue at 928 Washington Street. Engines 9, 4, 6, 10 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2, Chief 43 and Medic 2 were sent on the box.
Medic 2 arrived within seconds and reported smoke from the 3rd floor and people on the roof. Engine 4 arrived in front of the fire building, 934 Washington and stretched a hand line to the second floor for a fire in a room in the rear of the 3-story M/O/R.
Searches of the dwelling came up negative and the fire was quickly darkened down.
A fire marshal was called out to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. Paramedics walked one male to the ambulance with an oxygen mask on.
At 18:14 Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 3123 for 2nd & Linden Streets fires reported 147 Linden Street for a reported house fire. Engines 6, 9, 4, 13 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43 respond. Engine 6 arrives and reports smoke showing. As they pull ahead of the fire building to leave room for Truck 2, fire starts to roll out the top of the door on Linden Street. Engine 6 stretches a line in to darken down the fire that is working in the rear kitchen area of the 1st floor of the 3-story multiple dwelling.
Chief 43 strikes the 2nd alarm due to the amount of fire venting out the front and back of the building. Engine 14 and 10 are assigned to the 2nd alarm.
A second hand line is stretched as a safety line to the second floor as crews conduct a search and check for extension. Engine 6 makes a quick hit on the fire and the bulk of the fire is out 10 minutes later.
All searches come up negative. No extension of the fire. Engine 9 gets a water supply for Engine 6 from a hydrant a few buildings down on the same side of the street as the fire building.
At 21:06 Allentown Fire Radio transmits box 2565 for 609 North West Street Between Allen and Tilghman Streets on a house fire with people trapped. Engines 10, 9, 4, 6 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) respond on the ticket.
Engine 9 arrives first and Lt. Kutz reports a 3-story End of Row (E/O/R) with nothing showing and goes to investigate. He finds a working fire on the top floor and stretches one hand line to knock down the room and contents job.
Firefighters removed one pig and a dog. All residents were out of the building on arrival of the F.D.
Earlier Wednesday morning, crews responded to an apartment fire in the 1000 block of Linden Street and stretched a hand line for a working fire on the first floor of the multiple dwelling.
Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 2521 for a house fire at 130 N. 12th Street between Linden and Turner Streets at approximately 10:00 AM sending Engines 9, 4, 10, 6 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 1.
Arriving companies found a 2-story M/O/R with heavy smoke showing and fire venting out the 1st floor rear of the structure. Engine 4 went to the rear and stretched a hand line while Engines 9 and 10 took the front of the building.
Firefighters had the fire darkened down within 15 minutes. Battalion 1 held the box to all hands working on the 1st alarm assignment.
Approximately 14:00 hours, Allentown 9-1-1 transmitted box 3545 for a reported house fire at 863 North Sherman Street sending Engines 13, 6, 9, 4 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43.
Engine 13 arrived to a moderate smoke condition in a 2.5-story duplex and stretched one hand line into the fire building. They darkened down the bulk of the fire immediately and started checking for fire extension. Searches came up negative.
Engine 4 operating as the designated F.A.S.T. company was released quickly after the fire was knocked. Crews used a booster line for mop up.
Red Cross was notified for housing assistance for 2 adults and 4 children.
Around 18:30 hours Sunday evening, Allentown Fire Radio transmitted rescue box 2547 for 1725 Chew Street at the Ritz for an auto extrication. Arriving on location, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) found a car against the restaurant wall with a body of an elderly female pinned between the car and building. A medic on the scene pronounced her D.O.A.
Additional medic units were requested for three additional patients who were all transported to Saint Lukes Allentown with minor injuries. Engine 9 remained on the scene while the battalion chief and the other equipment were released and returned to quarters.
The driver of the car, an elderly male, accidentally put the car in reverse instead of drive and backed into the building.
The accident is under investigation by the Allentown Police Department.
First four photos by Photographer Dennis Wetherhold Jr. and the bottom photo by Photographer Mike Nester of NVP.
At 11:50 AM Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 2244 (6th & Gordon) for 418 N. Law Street on a reported house fire, assigning Engines 9, 6, 4, Truck 2, Engine 13 (F.A.S.T.) and Battalion 43.
Battalion 43 arrives and reports smoke showing from a 3-story Middle-of-Row dwelling (M/O/R). Engine 9 arrives and lays a supply line from Gordon Street and positions in front of the fire building. They stretch a hand line to the interior to find fire in the stairwell and walls.
Battalion 43 signals a working fire and special-calls 1 additional engine above the 1st alarm sending in Engine 10 for manpower. Engine 6 and Truck 2 members go to the rear and throw a ground ladder and cut a vent hole in the second floor roof. Interior crews knock the main body of fire and start opening up walls as they find fire in the walls between the fire building and exposure 4. A second hand line is stretched but remains dry.
A total of 3 lines were stretched and two were wet. Chief 41 was called to the scene with the arson K-9 to investigate the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.
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