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City of Allentown

FEMALE RESCUED FROM 2ND FLOOR PRONOUNCED DEAD AT SCENE OF 2-ALARM FIRE ON ADAMS ISLAND

March 26, 2014 at 10:03PM

At 14:15 hours Wednesday, Engines 13, 6, 9, 14 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion Chief 43 were sent on box 3342 for 56 Adams Island on a reported house fire. Battalion 43 could see heavy black smoke as they turned out on Chew Street in Center City.

Engine 13 arrives and signals a fully-involved 2-story dwelling with a report of people trapped. The report was a woman on the second floor in a closet. Firefighters stretched a hand line into operation while members went to the second floor to conduct a search for the female.

A second hand line was stretched to the rear of the dwelling for heavy fire on the exterior. The Battalion Chief ordered the hand lines protect the members on the second floor conducting the search.

As members frantically searched the second floor, 43 arrived and transmitted a second alarm and ordered all members out of the dwelling due to deteriorating conditions. Firefighters made one last attempt searching on the second floor before evacuating. The push paid off, the female was found and was brought down via a ground ladder to Paramedics. Despite the rescue, the female was pronounced dead at the scene.

Once all firefighters were evacuated and accounted for, Ladder 2 set up and used their elevated master stream to darken down the bulk of the fire. Portions of the dwelling collapsed.

Assigned to the second alarm was Engine 4 and Engine 10. Volunteer companies were sent to city firehouses to cover the city in case of another fire. Allentown Battalion 5 was placed in-service to cover calls in the city.

The Fire Marshal's office was on the scene investigating into the night looking for a cause of the fire.

One firefighter received minor burns and was transported to the hospital.

The above video and photos by Mike Nester and the video below is by Jay Wagner.




Tags:   2nd Alarm   Allentown    Fatality   House Fire  


City of Allentown

FIREFIGHTERS USE ALL HANDS ON WEST STREET HOUSE FIRE

December 31, 2013 at 4:03AM

At 02:49 Tuesday morning, Allentown box 2615 is transmitted for a house fire at 627 North West Street sending Engines 10, 4, 9, 6 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43 (Henrick). Engine 10 arrives and reports smoke showing from a 3-story Middle-of-Row (M/O/R). They stretch a hand line to the first floor. Engine 10 has a hydrant right in front of the house and use it for their water supply. Car 43 (Henrick) arrives and signals a working fire.

The chief uses all hands and holds the fire to the 1st alarm companies. Searches of the fire building and exposures come up negative. The bulk of the fire was darkened down in 10 minutes.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  


City of Allentown

Duplex damaged on the South Side Wednesday Afternoon

December 11, 2013 at 11:39PM

Duplex damaged on the South Side Wednesday Afternoon

At 12:20, Allentown box 5216 was transmitted for a house fire located at 1906 17th Street Southwest. Engines 11, 14, 4, 6 (FAST), Truck 2 and Battalion 43 were on the ticket.

43 arrives moments later and reports smoke showing from the eaves of a 2-story duplex and signals a working fire. Engine 11 arrives and stretches a hand line to the front door and forces entry. 43 orders engine 14 to bring in a water supply form 17th and Lehigh.

Crews enter the house and find a hole burned through the first floor from the basement. Members break the basement windows in order to vent smoke from the basement.

The fire dispatcher advises the battalion chief that Engine 6 is a utility truck and not an engine. 43 requests an additional engine company and Engine 10 is added to the box.

Additional hand lines are stretched to all floors of the house as the fire is extending via the walls. Firefighters make quick work of the fire. Searches come up negative.

All photos by Mike Nester of NVP,

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  


City of Allentown

CIVILIAN BURNED IN SOUTHSIDE HOUSE FIRE

November 05, 2013 at 10:06PM

Tuesday, November 5 at approximately 11:30 AM Allentown Box 4164 was transmitted for a report of a house fire across from 1855 block of Chapel Avenue sending Engines 14, 11, 4, 6 (FAST), Truck 2 and Cars 43 & 48. Engine 11 pulled out of their station on Lehigh Street and reported heavy smoke in the area. The plume of smoke could be seen for miles.

Engine 14 arrives and finds heavy fire from a garage attached to a 2-story Single-Family-Dwelling (S/F/D) at 22 E. Brookdale and stretched a 2-1/2 hand line. A working fire was signaled and the Comm Center sent Engine 9 as the extra Engine on the box.

EMS arrived and started treating a male that was badly burned on the legs. He was transported to the burn center. The victim was working on his car when the fire started trapping him under the car. A female canvassing the area for voters noticed the fire and pulled the man from the burning home to safety and used a garden house to douse the flames on him.

A 2nd hand line was stretched. The bulk of the fire was darkened down about 20 minutes later.

Photos and Video by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  


City of Allentown

ALL HANDS OPERATE AT HOUSE FIRE ON NORTH 8TH STREET EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING

October 02, 2013 at 7:32PM

ALL HANDS OPERATE AT HOUSE FIRE ON NORTH 8TH STREET EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING

Wednesday morning at 01:50 hours, Allentown Fire Dispatch sent Engines 9 and 4 to investigate smoike in the 600 blk. of North 8th Street.

Engine 9 found a house fire at 616 North 8th Street and signaled a working fire. Box 2266 was filled-out and transmitted sending the balance of the assignment - Engines 6, Engine 10 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43.

Engine 9 had a water supply from a hydrant at the front of the house and stretched one hand line for a fire on the roof / top floor of 3-story M/O/R. A second hand line was stretched into 614 for minor extension.

Engine 13 was dispatched the designated F.A.S.T. company after Engine 10 went to work. Companies had the bulk of the fire darkened down about 30 minutes later.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  


City of Allentown

2ND ALARM: FIRE DAMAGES VACANT ROWHOME IN CENTER CITY

September 30, 2013 at 9:18PM

2ND ALARM: FIRE DAMAGES VACANT ROWHOME IN CENTER CITY

At 13:45 box 2128 was transmitted for house fire located at 1116 Maple Street between 11th and 12th Streets and a 1/2 block south of Hamilton Street sending Engines 4, 9, 6 (8), 10 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion Chief 43 (Henrick).

Engine 6 was on the road and arrived first with heavy smoke showing from a 3-story vacant End-of-Row (EOR). Companies stretched two hand lines through the front door of the fire address and 1 hand line into the exposure on the East side of the fire building (Side Bravo).

With heavy fire consuming the rear of the original fire building and extending to the exposure, the Battalion Chief ordered the 2nd alarm to be transmitted. The fire dispatcher sent Engine 11, 14, Air 1, Car 41, 47 and 48.


Chief 43 ordered both companies on the second alarm to the rear of the fire buildings. Engine 11 entered a driveway to the rear and stretched one hand line while Engine 14 supplied water from a hydrant on Walnut Street.

Companies worked fast to contain bulk of the fire to the original fire building. The fire did extend into 1114 Maple Street the crews stopped it there.

The truck company went to the roof and cut a 4 foot by 4 foot hole in the roof. Searches of both addresses were negative.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Allentown    House Fire  


City of Allentown

4 PEOPLE RESCUED FROM APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE ON EAST UNION STREET

September 17, 2013 at 1:48AM

Allentown, Pa. -Box 3232 was transmitted at 23:33 for a report of a fire in an apartment building with people trapped in apartments at 285 East Union Street (S. Carlisle St.) sending Engines 13, 6, 9, 14 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43 (Henrick).

43 arrives and reports fire showing from the second floor of a 2-story multiple dwelling. Engine 13 brings water to the fire from the plug at S. Carlisle and E. Union Streets and stretched 1 hand line to the top floor.

Engine 9 crew under the command of Lt. James Kutz throws a ground ladder to the second floor window and rescues 3 tenants from the apartment. Battalion 43's Aide rescues 1 tenant from the 1st floor.

Companies stretching to the second floor find heavy fire in a laundry room located at the front of the building. The fire quickly darkens down.

Truck 2 flies the bucket to the roof and cuts a vent hole.

All the tenants rescued were not injured and EMS did not transport anyone.

Battalion 43 special-calls one additional engine on top of the 1st alarm. Engine 4 is dispatched as the additional company.

Red Cross assisted the tenants. All utilities were shut off to the building therefore the tenants had to be relocated for the evening.

Tags:   Allentown    Apartment    Rescue  


City of Allentown

SECOND FLOOR DAMAGED BY FIRE IN THE NORTHSIDE - NO INJURIES REPORTED

September 11, 2013 at 6:48PM

SECOND FLOOR DAMAGED BY FIRE IN THE NORTHSIDE - NO INJURIES REPORTED

Allentown, Pa - Box 2611 was transmitted at 18:03 for a house fire at 715 N. Jefferson Street between Tilghman and Green Streets. Filling out the box is Engine 9, 4, 10, 6 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43.

Companies arrive to find smoke in the dwelling. Engine 9 stretches a hand line to the upper floor of the 2-story M/O/R for a fire. Engine 4 brings water to Engine 9 from a plug at Jefferson and Tilghman.

Engine members quickly darken down the fire on the 2nd floor while other companies check for extension. The fire is reported out in 20 minutes. Searches come up negative. No injuries reported.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  


City of Allentown

ONE PERSON SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CENTER CITY SHOOTING

September 11, 2013 at 6:31PM

ONE PERSON SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CENTER CITY SHOOTING

Allentown, Pa. - Allentown EMS and Police were summoned to 8th and Turner Streets around 15:00 hours Wednesday afternoon for a shooting. Police found the victim closer to Chew Street on 8th and was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

Police closed off North 8th Street between Turner and Chew Streets while they investigated.

This street closing along with Tilghman Street at 5th caused a rush hour nightmare for commuters looking to leave the city.

Tags:   Allentown    Police   Shooting  


City of Allentown

5 INJURED IN TWO CAR COLLISION ON TILGHMAN STREET CAUSING MAJOR TRAFFIC HEADACHES

September 11, 2013 at 4:56PM

5 INJURED IN TWO CAR COLLISION ON TILGHMAN STREET CAUSING MAJOR TRAFFIC HEADACHES

Allentown, Pa. - At 14:15 hours Wednesday afternoon, Allentown sent Engines 6, 9, Truck 2 and Battalion 43 to 5th and Tilghman Streets for an injury accident with possible pin job or possible pedestrians struck and pinned under car.

Truck 2 arrives and finds 1 car into a house on the Southeast corner and the SUV on it's side just south of Tilghman on 5th. They confirm negative pin.

EMS command requested two additional mutual-aid trucks from Cetronia. EMS command had 5 patients total, 1 critical, 2 or 3 in serious condition and 1 with minor injuries.

At one point, there was one person unaccounted for. Citizens were stating that a person was under the car. Rescue workers lifted the car with air bags to confirm but they found no body under the car.

Tilghman Street was closed in both directions for a few hours while police investigated the crash. This accident compiled with an incident on North 8th Street caused major road congestion in center city.

Tags:   Accident   Allentown