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City of Allentown

Firefighters battle a small blaze in a vacant downtown building slated for demolition

April 12, 2015 at 4:19PM

Firefighters battle a small blaze in a vacant downtown building slated for demolition

At 13:22, Allentown transmitted box 2125 for 8th and Walnut Streets for a structural fire sending Engines 13, 4, 9, 6 (RIT), Truck 2, Battalion 43 and FM 45.

Engine 13 arrived first and reported smoke showing from a 3-story vacant building. Engine 9 stretched a hand line to the north side of the building and Engine 4 stretched a line from the south side of the building. Firefighters found a room involved in fire and used ground ladders to access the building. Due to the condition of the building, firefighters were ordered not to enter the building. There was evidence of squatters living in the building.

The Battalion Chief signaled a working fire and requested one additional Engine Company above the 1st alarm. Engine 14 was sent as the 5th due special-called Engine.

Tags:   Allentown    Structure Fire  


City of Allentown

Firefighters Start Saturday Morning With 2 Fires and a Rescue

April 04, 2015 at 9:19AM

Firefighters Start Saturday Morning With 2 Fires and a Rescue

At 08:00, Box 4131 was transmitted for a structural fire at the Burger King at 1958 South 4th Street sending Engines 14, 11, 9, 6, Ladder 2, Battalion 43 and FM 45. Engine 14 arrives and reports light smoke from the roof of the 1-story restaurant and investigates. They find a fire in the hood vent and use extinguishers to put the fire out. The Battalion Chief instructs the Tower Ladder to set-up on the south side of the building and go to the roof to check for fire extension. Crews find a small fire on the roof and extinguish it.

Approximately 09:25, Box 2566 is transmitted for a structural fire at the Liberty Nursing Home located at 17th and Allen Streets sending Engines 10, 4, 6, 13, Ladder 2 and Battalion 43. Engine 10 arrives and investigates a report of a fire on the 3rd floor. The initial call came in by 9-1-1 from an employee of the facility and by now, bells are sounding and the sprinkler is activated while Engine 10 members make it to the third floor where they find a smoke condition. Battalion 43 reports water flowing from an air conditioner on the 3rd floor. Engine 10 gains entry to a room and discover a kitchen fire that is extinguished by the sprinkler. The patients are moved to a secure wing on the third floor protected by a fire door. Firefighters vent the structure. No injuries are reported.

While the Comm Center is transmitting box 2566, calls are coming in for an automobile accident with people trapped. Box 4255 is transmitted for Filbert and Susquehanna for an auto extrication sending Engines 14, 11 and 9. At this point, all companies in the city are being put to work. No further details on the wreck are available.

Photo by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Allentown    Rescue   Structure Fire  


City of Allentown

Firefighters cut one patient out of SUV that crashed into numerous cars on Tilghman Street

March 29, 2015 at 9:45PM

Early Sunday evening, Fire Dispatch transmitted a rescue box to the area of 3rd & Tilghman Streets for an auto extrication sending Engines 6, 9, Truck 2 and Battalion 43.

Engine 6 reports one patient heavily pinned in the SUV and orders the rescue companies to go in-service with their tools. The Battalion Chief special-called Engine 11 for additional rescue resources and manpower.

The patient was removed from the vehicle and transported to an area trauma center by the paramedics in critical condition. The accident is under investigation.

Video and photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Accident   Allentown    Rescue  


City of Allentown

The 3rd Platoon responds to report of house fire at dinner time

February 24, 2015 at 9:04PM

The 3rd Platoon responds to report of house fire at dinner time

Allentown box 3122 was transmitted at 16:54 for a report of a house fire located at 219 Chestnut Street sending Engines 6, 4, 9, 13 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh), FM 45.

Engine 6 arrives first and positions on 2nd Street due to the Chestnut Street being to narrow and reports nothing showing. Engine 9 approaches from 3rd Street and takes Chestnut Street. On arrival, crews had nothing showing from the exterior of the 3-story duplex. Members go inside to investigate and find a small fire on the 3rd floor inside the interior wall and call for a hand line. One hand line is stretched from Engine 9. Engine 4 is ordered to stand-by at a hydrant.

Crews open up the wall and extinguish the small fire. Other members are in the exposure checking for extension and found no fire on the other side of the duplex. Within 15 minutes, companies start picking up and return to quarters.

The Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  


City of Allentown

3rd Platoon works diligently during this 2nd alarm blaze to stop this rowhome fire from spreading

January 10, 2015 at 9:48AM

At 23:11 Allentown 9-1-1 transmitted box 2542 (13th & Gordon) for a house fire at 1314 Gordon Street sending Engines 9, 4, 10 , 6, Truck 2, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) and FM 45.

The 43 battalion arrives and reports smoke from the 3rd floor of a 3-story Middle-of-Row (M/O/R). Engine 9 pulls past the house and stretches a hand line into 1316. Truck 2 comes in behind 9 and sets up.

Crews in 1316 (The end of row) find no fire. 9A (Lt. Kutz) looks out a rear window and finds heavy fire venting from 1314 and extending to both exposures.

Engine 4 arrives and positions nose first into Engine 9. Members stretch a second hand line from 9 into 1314 under the command of Captain Williams and initiates a fire attack.

As members open up the walls and ceilings, they find heavy fire. Battalion 43 transmits the second alarm, bringing in Engines 11 and 14.

Engine 11 (Quint) arrives and positions behind Tower Ladder 2 and puts the ladder in-service to the roof. Members put a trench cut in the roof to stop the horizontal spread of the fire in the cockloft.

Firefighters work for over an hour to control the fire. Three homes were damaged by the blaze.

Five hand lines were stretched with 4 in operation. 2 in the end-of-row, 2 in the original fire building (1314) and one a few doors down to stop the spread of fire from further extending down the row.

Firefighters battled not only the fire but the 15 degree freezing temperatures. Public works provided salt at the scene due to the water freezing around the apparatus. EMS was on stand-by. 1 firefighter sustained a minor injury.

While battling this fire, Engine 13 (last engine in city) responds to the Government Center at 7th and Hamilton for smoke odor in the structure. Engine 13 request the box be filled out, bringing in 2 engines, a ladder and rescue from surrounding communities. After they cleared this call, the volunteer companies manned city stations until 01:30 hours. Engine 13 was sent to box 2542 for fire watch. By 02:00, companies operating at the fire were in the process of returning to quarters.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Allentown    House Fire  


City of Allentown

4th platoon starts the shift with all hands going to work on the south side for a house fire

January 03, 2015 at 4:00PM

At 06:48, Allentown transmitted box 5147 for 817 South 5th Street on a house fire sending the 4th platoon Engines 14, 11, 4, 9, Truck 2 under the command of the 43 Battalion (Wehr).

Engine 14 arrives to find heavy smoke showing from a two-story duplex and stretches one hand line to the front door. Battalion 43 orders a second hand line to be stretched into the 'D' exposure as fire is extending in the rear of the building to this exposure.

Engine 14 members get a good knock on the bulk of the fire on the first floor, however, fire continues to to burn on the second floor but interior crews can't gain access due to the stairs being burned away.

Chief Wehr special-calls an additional engine company for manpower. Allentown dispatch sends Engine 6.

The fire is under control about 30 minutes after arrival of the first due.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  


City of Allentown

All hands go to work on the east side for a well-involved house fire

December 13, 2014 at 1:15AM

All hands go to work on the east side for a well-involved house fire

Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 3261 at 23:37 for a reported apartment fire 513 South Austin Street sending Engines 13, 6 (5), 9, 4, Truck 2, Battalion 43 and FM 45.

Engine 4 arrives first-due as they were on the road returning from an EMS run and signaled a working fire in a 3-story M/O/R. Leaving room for the truck company, Engine 13 stayed out on East South Street. Truck 2 positioned behind Engine 4.

Crews stretched two hand lines to the rear of the dwellings to gain access. The way the dwellings were designed, from the front, the first floor is a garage. The actual entrances are on the side or rear of the dwellings where you enter on the second floor. Companies made an aggressive interior attack on both the 2nd and 3rd floors and darken down the bulk of the fire within 25 minutes. A water supply was established from a hydrant just a few feet from the front of Engine 4. Engine 9 positioned on East South Street and Engine 6 (5) positioned on South Bradford Street.

The box was held to the first alarm assignments. Battalion 43 signaled Engine 14 to the scene at 01:14 for fire watch.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  


city of Allentown

Firefighters battle fully-involved house fire on the south side

November 05, 2014 at 10:33AM

At 23:35 box 4437 was transmitted for the address 2406 South Law Street for a reported house fire. Engines 14, 11, 9, 6 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) and FM 45 were assigned.

BC 43 reported a working fire enroute to the scene. Engine 14 went on scene and reported a 2-story S/F/D fully involved.

Companies went in-service with their largest lines to make a quick knock on the fire. All hands went to work on arrival.

Engine 11 brought a water supply from the north and Engine 9 went to the south end and hit a plug for a water supply.

Companies remained on the scene for a few hours hitting hot spots throughout the house.

The dwelling was destroyed. Building Standards was called to the scene.

The box was held to the 1st alarm companies.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  


City of Allentown

Civilian waves down patrol car and reports house fire in center city

November 04, 2014 at 9:04PM

At 11:26 a civilian waved down a patrol car to report a house fire at 218 North 5th Street. Police radioed the comm center and reported the fire. Box 2223 was then transmitted sending Engines 4, 6, 10, 11, Truck 2 (1), Battalion 43 (Hendricks) and car 48.

Arriving first, Truck 2 reports smoke showing from the rear. The battalion Chief arrives and finds fire venting out the 2nd floor windows in the rear of the 3-story duplex.

Engine 4 stretches one hand line through the front door and to the second floor to find a room and contents job.

The fire is quickly extinguished. Firefighters cut open the roof to check for extension. No injuries were reported. The fire is under investigation.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  


City of Allentown

Firefighters get a fast knock down on vacant house fire in Center City

October 30, 2014 at 4:58PM

At 11:51 AM Thursday, Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 2262 for a house fire at 420 Allen Street - Engines 6, 4, 9, 10 (F.A.S.T.), 11 (acting ladder), Battalion 43 and FM 45.

On arrival Engine 6 has smoke showing from a vacant 3-story M/O/R. Battalion Chief 43 (Atiyeh) arrives and transmits a working fire signal. Engine 6 stretches to the rear room on the first floor for a small fire. Additional members are ordered to the second floor to check for extension. No fire was found on the second floor. Members also checked the basement for extension where they found a small fire. Once all the fire was knocked, fans were set up to help ventilate the structure.

The battalion noticed that the building was reinforced from the outside and the walls were bowing and ordered all members off the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Two lines are stretched and one was wet. Searches were negative. The Fire Marshal is investigating this suspicious fire.

Photos and video by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire