• 09/13/14 | 18:14 | 2ND ALARM | ALLENTOWN | BOX 3123 | 2ND & LINDEN | FIRE REPORTED 147 LINDEN ST | HEAVY FIRE FROM 1ST FL OF 3-STORY O/M/D.....

City of Allentown

Heavy Fire On Arrival, Chief Strikes The Second Alarm For Fire In the Apartment Building

September 13, 2014 at 8:16PM

Heavy Fire On Arrival, Chief Strikes The Second Alarm For Fire In the Apartment Building

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.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Allentown    Apartment   


City of Allentown

Report Of People Trapped, Firefighters Find Mattress Fire And Rescue A Pig And A Dog

September 03, 2014 at 10:10PM

Report Of People Trapped, Firefighters Find Mattress Fire And Rescue A Pig And A Dog

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.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  


City of Allentown

All Hands Go To Work At Box 2521 In Center City House Fire

August 28, 2014 at 5:17PM

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.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  


City of Allentown

Firefighters Make Quick Work Of A House Fire On The East Side Saturday Afternoon

August 23, 2014 at 6:28PM

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.

Video and photos by Rich Rolen.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  


City of Allentown

Elderly Female Killed After Cars Strikes Her At Popular Restaurant

August 17, 2014 at 8:35PM

Elderly Female Killed After Cars Strikes Her At Popular Restaurant

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.

Tags:   Accident   Allentown    Fatality  


City of Allentown

SUV RUNS THROUGH FRONT OF RESTAURANT IN CITY’S WEST END TUESDAY EVENING

June 25, 2014 at 5:03PM

An 80-year-old man drove his SUV through the front of Boston Market at 385 South Cedar Crest Boulevard around 7:15 PM Tuesday.

He struck a female who was transported to the hospital. The driver of the SUV was detained and transported by police to the DUI center to be tested for intoxication.

Video and photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Accident   Allentown   


City of Allentown

Fire Damages Rowhome In Center City Allentown

June 15, 2014 at 12:05PM

Fire Damages Rowhome In Center City Allentown

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.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  


City of Allentown

AERIAL VIDEO:  FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE 2ND ALARM FIRE IN COMMERCIAL BUILDING ON THE EAST SIDE

May 26, 2014 at 8:44PM

At 16:03 Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 3466 for 1302 North Irving Street on a structural fire sending Engines 13, 6, 4, 9, Truck 2 (Truck 1), and Battalion 43 (P. Atiyeh).

Engine 13 arrives and reports a working fire. Shortly after arriving, interior crews pulled out due to the heavy fire conditions being encountered.

Battalion 43 arrives and transmits a 2nd alarm for a fire in a 1-story 35 x 80 commercial building that housed a violin business. Engines 14 and 11 respond on the 2nd alarm.

It was imperative to protect the exposure on side 4 - a 1-story 80 x 80 attached carpet business. Tower Ladder 2 and Engine 11 (quint) was set up on side 2 of the building utilizing the ladder pipes. Hose lines were positioned on the roof of exposure 4. Large lines with smooth bore tips were used on the ground.

The companies worked hard and kept the fire from extending to the carpet business. The roof of the main fire building collapsed as you will see in the video. High winds helped spread the fire throughout the roof area.

The fire burned for over two hours before getting it under control.

The video was shot using a DJI Phantom Vision with no gimbal attached. The Phantom worked well in the high winds. No audio - the Phantom Vision camera has no mic.

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The video below is ground video shot by Mike Nester of NVP


Tags:   2nd Alarm   Allentown    Structure Fire  


City of Allentown

FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO THE OLD SEARS STORE ON 7TH STREET FOR A REPORT OF A FIRE

May 21, 2014 at 9:58AM

FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO THE OLD SEARS STORE ON 7TH STREET FOR A REPORT OF A FIRE

At 10:18 Allentown transmitted box 2265 (7th & Allen) for a report of a fire in a vacant building at 602 North 7th Street sending Engines 6, 4, 9, Truck 2, Battalion 43, FM 45 and Engine 13 as the F.A.S.T. company.

Engine 4 arrives on location and reports a fire in the window of a vacant 100 x 250 building. Paper covering the inside of the windows was on fire from sparks dropping down from a welders torch on the second floor.

When crews made entry, they called for police to assist as members from Engine 4 heard people on the floor above them, and weren't sure if they had permission to be on the property.

Engine 9 positioned behind 4 on 7th Street and pulled a supply line from Engine 4 to a hydrant at the corner of 7th and Allen.

Once the crew gained access to the second floor, they used a water can to extinguish some hot spots. The box was held to the 1st alarm assignment.

The building was recently used as a pharmacy. In the 80's it was a fabric store and in the 1960's it was a Sears department store. The building is fenced off now and appears to be in the midst of renovations or being prepped for demolition.

Tags:   Allentown    Structure Fire  


City of Allentown

BATTALION CHIEF USES ALL HANDS FOR FIRE IN A 3-STORY FACTORY

May 21, 2014 at 7:41AM

BATTALION CHIEF USES ALL HANDS FOR FIRE IN A 3-STORY FACTORY

At 07:10 Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 3122 (3rd & Linden) for a report of a fire at 315 Linden Street sending Engines 6, 4, 9, Truck 2, Battalion 43, FM 45 and Engine 13 (F.A.S.T.).

Companies arrive to a 100 x 200 foot 3 and 4-story U-shaped factory with smoke showing and the sprinkler system activated on the Linden Street side of the building. This wing of the building is 3-1/2 stories in height. Engine 9 hooks into a hydrant on Linden Street and crews stretch a 1.75 inch hand line to the 1st floor. Battalion 43 puts all hands to work. Members find a fire in a room that was being held in check by the sprinkler system.

Crews went to the 2nd and 3rd floors to open up walls and floors to check for extension. A second hand line was stretched from Engine 9 but remained dry. Members hit some hot spots while opening up but the bulk of the fire was out upon arrival due to the sprinkler activation.

The city building inspector was called to the scene. The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. The box was held to the 1st alarm assignment.

Tags:   Allentown    Structure Fire