At 16:20 Saturday afternoon, South Whitehall Firefighters responded to 1604 N. 26th Street (26th & Russell) for a house fire with entrapment. Command quickly went on location and upgraded the box to a working fire and added a F.A.S.T. company from Whitehall to the box.
Members stretched hand lines to the interior and quickly darkened down the fire. Command had the 2nd alarm struck that brought two more engines to the scene.
Three members put Truck 3 (3-31) in-service and went to the roof to cut a vent hole in the roof.
The lady that was reported to be trapped was out of the house by the time the fire department arrived. She was being evaluated by Cetronia Paramedics.
Allentown Engine 10 moved to the Woodlawn Station to cover calls in the township.
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.
At 23:01 Friday night, Stations 42, 45 and 43 were sent to 1403 Main Street for a radio report from police of a house fire. Police report fire showing from the 1st floor.
Chief 42-52 arrives and reports a working fire on the 1st floor side 2 of a 3-story duplex. Chief 42-53 arrives and takes operations.
Chief 42-52 special-calls 1 additional station for a full response. Fire dispatch assigns Lehigh Township Station 47.
Engine 42-12 arrives first and positions in front of the fire building and ordered to bring a water supply from 14th and Main Streets and then stretch one hand line to the fire building.
Engine 43-11 (North Catasauqua) is ordered to assist P.D. in removing dogs from the exposure. Ladder 43-21 positions in front of the fire building nosed in to Engine 42-12. Engine 45-12 positions in front of the fire building on Main Street. Ladder 47-21 positions on 14th Street and stretches 2 hand lines to the rear of the exposure.
Fire arriving engine crews darken down the fire on the first floor within 10 minutes, however the fire is rapidly extending in the walls and within a few minutes the 2nd and 3rd floors of the main fire building are fully-involved. At one point during the battle, evac tones are sounded and all members pulled out of the building. After they re-group and darken down some of the fire from the exterior hand lines, they re-enter both dwellings to hit the hot spots. The fire was under control 1 hour later. Crews spent a few hours overhauling and mopping up. The fire is under investigation.
*UPDATE* There was a rekindle of this fire around 06:30 Saturday morning. Two alarms were transmitted before the rekindle was brought under control.
December 10, 2014 at 23:58 Lehigh County Fire Radio transmitted a box for a house fire at 115 North 9th Street in Coplay Borough sending Coplay Station 5 and Whitehall Engines 3 (LC 3831) and Engine 13 (LC 3811).
Caller stated that the house was filling with smoke. Minutes later, police arrive and report a working fire.
Engine 511 arrived with a crew of three and positioned in front of the 1.5-story private dwelling. Whitehall's Engine 3 was ordered to lay a supply line from 9th and Chestnut Streets and supply water to Engine 511. Command struck the 2nd alarm bringing in Whitehall Engine 4 (LC3911) and Rescue 5 (LC4041), EMS 62 and Rehab unit 66.
Two lines were stretched from 511. Interior crews had a tough time accessing the fire above the ceiling on the first floor. Eventually the fire broke through the roof and crews backed out. The elevated water stream from Engine 3 was utilized to darken down the fire. Crews then re-entered the dwelling and made another attempt to hit the fire.
At this point, the fire rapidly extended throughout the roof area and crews were ordered back out. The elevated master stream was put back in service along with a hand line and was concentrated on the heavy fire load in the roof and attic.
The bulk of the fire was darkened down in 1 hour and crews remained on scene for several hours hitting hot spots.
At 21:58 Lehigh County 9-1-1 transmitted a structural fire for 5757 Route 145 at the pizzeria sending Engine 1211, Tanker 1221, Station 16 and Northampton County Engine 4712 and Tanker 4731.
Chief 16-01 signed on the radio responding and was updated by dispatch that two callers were reporting a fire in the fryer and that the fire appears to be out. At 22:03 Lehigh Township Chief 47 went on location with reports of an active fire and went to investigate. Moments later Chief 47 signaled a working fire in the duct work and walls of the 2-story restaurant. Chief 12-03 immediately struck the 2nd alarm at 22:05.
Engine 12-11 arrived first and stretched 2 hand lines, one into the interior and one to the exterior of side 4 of the building. Tanker 12-21 was ordered to lay a supply line in from the professional building at Canterbury Drive. Lehigh Township Engine 47-12 arrived 2nd due with a full crew and used ground ladders on the 4 side of the building to gain access to the fire on the exterior wall.
The 2nd alarm was transmitted sending Whitehall Engine 4 (LC3911), Lehigh County Station 22, 26, EMS 67 and Rehab 66-51.
Tower Ladder 16 backed into the parking lot and went into operation with their bucket to the roof with 2 firefighters.
The fire burned through the wall in the area of the vent fan on the south side of the building. Crews hit the fire from the interior and exterior. The fire was held to the area of the exterior wall.
A 3rd alarm was transmitted for those companies to stand-by at their stations. Walnutport's Ladder 29 was special-called to the scene.
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 06:00 Monday morning, city firefighters responded to a smoke investigation in the 100 block of E. Broad Street. Responding units found a house fire at 537 Pine Street. Members stretched 1 hand line into the 2.5-story End of Row (E/O/R) and made a quick hit on the fire.
Command requested 1 engine (E3) above the 1st alarm assignment. Engine 3 was ordered to go to the roof and ventilate. Red Cross was notified to assist the family. No injuries were reported.
At approximately 16:15 Monday afternoon, Bethlehem 200 transmitted a box for a report of an apartment fire at 1039 Mechanic Street. Companies arrive to find heavy fire in the 1st floor apartment of a 3-story occupied multiple dwelling (O/M/D) and stretched two lines to make a quick knock of the fire.
Command quickly struck the 2nd alarm. Firefighters remained on the scene for a few hours overhauling and hitting hot spots.
At 9:24 AM Thursday morning, Salisbury 31 was dispatched to 2833 Andrea Drive for a dwelling fire. Enroute, dispatch advised Chief 31-01 that police were on scene reporting smoke showing. With that update, the chief struck the 2nd alarm.
On arrival, the chief reported light smoke from a 2-story single family dwelling (S/F/D). Fire department members found a small basement fire. The fire was under control about 30 minutes later.
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