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.
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
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.
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.
At 21:10 Allentown box 2125 (S. 8th & Walnut) was transmitted for South 8th and Maple Streets on a building fire. Engines 9, 4, 6, 10 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 (Truck 1) and Battalion 43 (J. Wehr) were assigned.
Battalion 43 arrived and reported smoke showing from a 3-story M/O/R vacant store front on the east side of the street. Engine 9 arrived and positioned at the front of the building. Members stretched a hand line into 27 South 8th Street and encountered heavy fire.
Battalion Chief Wehr called for an additional engine for manpower. Immediately after that request, he transmitted the 2nd alarm.
Fire dispatch sent Engines 14 and 13 on the 2nd alarm.
Four hand lines were stretched and operating, 3 in the front and 1 in the rear. The bulk of the fire was darkened down in 30 minutes.
Two engine companies remained on the scene during the night for fire watch. At 00:40 the fire rekindled and went through the roof. The Battalion Chief requested Tower Ladder 2 back to the scene.
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.
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.
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.
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