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Lehigh County

Structure fire in North Whitehall shuts down busy intersection during rush hour

May 27, 2015 at 5:42PM

At 04:53 Lehigh County Radio transmitted a structural fire located at Willow Street and Mauch Chunk Road sending Engines 26, Tankers 26, 22, 16 and Truck 16.

Chief 22-01 was advised of a flames from a barn and multiple calls being received. He arrived on location finding a barn fully involved. He ordered the second alarm struck at 05:02. The Chief was concerned about protecting a van parked next to the building and a residence just west of the fire.

At 05:03 Lehigh County transmitted the second alarm sending a full response from 16, Tankers, 11, 32, 12, Whitehall Rescue 36 (Rescue 8) as the designated F.A.S.T. and EMS 67.

First arriving Engine 26 was ordered to the Mauch Chunk Road side of the structure and they stretched a hand line to the south side and extinguished the van fire. The van was parked next to the building.

When Tanker 32 arrived on the second alarm, they stretched two large hand lines from Engine 26 to the south side of the building.

Tower Ladder 16 positioned on Willow Street and was ordered to put the bucket up and use their elevated master stream. Companies used 6 hand lines, the Tower Ladder, and the deck gun on Engine 26.

The bulk of the fire was darkened down within the hour. Crews remained on the scene for many hours after working on hot spots and overhauling the large building.

Willow Street and Mauch Chunk Road was closed during the duration of the fire.

View over 40 photos in the photo gallery of this fire by clicking HERE.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Lehigh County   Structure Fire  


Lehigh County

Popular Lower Macungie tavern destroyed by a 2nd alarm fire Tuesday evening

May 13, 2015 at 12:04AM

At 19:34 Lehigh County Radio transmitted the box for a structural fire at the Buckeye Tavern, 3741 Brookside Road sending Wescosville Station 30, Macungie Engines 1511, 1512 and EMS 63.

Chief 15-01 signaled a working fire from Tank Farm Road at 19:37. Chief 30 went on location at 19:42 and took command of the fire scene.

As the fire rapidly expanded throughout the second floor and attic, the 2nd alarm was requested by command.

At 19:47, the second alarm was transmitted sending Engine 7, 28, 1, Ladder 7, Cascade 32 and Engine 10 from the City of Allentown for the F.A.S.T.

Multiple large hand lines and monitors were put in-service. Tower Ladder 30 was set up in the parking lot on the south side of the building using their elevated stream and Ladder 7's water-pipe was in service on the north side of the building.

Firefighters concentrated their efforts on a defensive attack and at 21:32 the fire was declared under control by command.

View more photos of this fire in the photo gallery HERE.

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Tags:   2nd Alarm   Lehigh County   Structure Fire  


Lehigh County

Brush fire in Lowhill Township spreads to house and prompts a 2nd alarm

April 24, 2015 at 8:47PM

Brush fire in Lowhill Township spreads to house and prompts a 2nd alarm

At 14:59 hours Friday afternoon Tri-Clover Station 26 was sent to 6288 Horseshoe Road in Low Hill Township for a reported forest fire. Shortly after dispatch, Schnecksville Station 22 radioed Chief 26 and advised him that smoke was showing in the area.

Chief 26 immediately had Lehigh County Radio send one truck from Station 22 to the fire address. Chief 26 arrived and transmitted the second alarm for a house fire and a the brush fire. Lehigh County Radio transmitted the 2nd alarm sending Stations 8, 51, 22, 25, 17 and EMS 62.

Crews stopped the spread of fire on both the house and the brush fire. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation.

Photos by Dennis Wetherhold Jr. You can view more of his photos here.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Brush Fire   Lehigh County  


Northampton County

Working fire damages roof and attic of duplex on Main Street

February 28, 2015 at 10:21PM

At 17:39 Northampton County fire dispatched Northampton Boro Station 42, 43, 46 and Rescue 1541 (F.A.S.T.) and EMS 49 to 851 Main Street on a report of a house fire across from that address. Dispatch immediately alerted all companies of a working fire.

On arrival, Chief 42-52 found fire venting from the roof of the 3-story duplex and signaled a working fire with an address of 840 Main Street. The 1st alarm was then filled out sending additional companies. Engine 42-12 arrived and brought water to the fire from a hydrant on Main Street just north of East 9th Street. Tower Ladder 46 positioned in front of the building and put their bucket in-service with the master stream to make a quick hit on the fire. Ladder 43 (North Catasauqua) also positioned in front of the fire building and put the stick up to the roof of the exposure (side 2) when they arrived at 17:47.

The tower ladder darkened down the bulk of the fire for the interior crew to gain access to the 3rd floor where they used a hand line to hit the rest of the fire.

Crews worked for an hour to bring the fire under control. Most of the damage was contained to the attic and roof of the original fire building.

Red Cross was notified to assist 6 people that were displaced by the fire.

Coplay Police closed their side of the Coplay / Northampton bridge for the duration of the fire.

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Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Northampton County  


Lehigh County

2nd Alarm fire destroys Lower Macungie house and lights up the early morning sky

February 25, 2015 at 7:24PM

Early Wednesday morning Lower Macungie F.D. was dispatched to the 1100 Block of Zola Ct for a reported house fire. First arriving crews had a 2 story home fully involved, crews led off with master streams and heavy line.

The fire burned for about and hour and a half as crews worked to bring it under control in below freezing temperatures. Once under control crews would remain on location for several hours for overhaul and firewatch.

Video, Photos and Story by correspondent Mike Nester.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

Crews battle fully-involved house fire in Hanover Township Monday afternoon

February 16, 2015 at 7:24PM

Monday Afternoon Crews from Han-Le-Co Fire Company were dispatched to a reported dwelling fire in the 1900 Blk of Troxell Street.

As crews responded a header was visible rising from the block, once on location they found a home fully involved. Crews led off with a blitz attack flowing a deck gun while a water supply was established. Multiple hand lines were placed into service. As more mutual aid arrived on location a second supply line was laid in and a tower ladder was put in service. Crews had the fire under control in about an hour, however will remain on location throughout the evening.

Video, Photos and story by correspondent Mike Nester.

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Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

3rd Alarm:  Video and photos from Salisbury Township, PA structural fire

February 13, 2015 at 10:11PM

Salisbury and Fountain Hill Firefighters responded to a report of a dwelling fire at 820 Public Road Thursday night at 23:10 hours.

Police arrived first and reported a structural fire at Public Road and Jeter Avenue. Chief 20 struck the 2nd alarm while enroute to the address.

Firefighers found a commercial building well involved on arrival. Fountain Hill Ladder 34 positioned on the Jeter Avenue side and put their water pipe in-service.

With the fire was rapidly extending through-out the building shortly after arrival, command transmitted the 3rd alarm.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Lehigh County   Structure Fire  


Northampton County

Fatal 2nd alarm house fire in Lower Saucon, PA.

February 11, 2015 at 10:16AM

Lower Saucon Fire Stations were alerted around 22:55 for a report of a house fire with entrapment in the 1400 block of East University Avenue. Additional radio transmissions were reporting that police have a working fire. With that information, a chief officer responding transmitted the second alarm.

Once on scene, he transmitted a fully-involved 2-story single-family-dwelling (SFD). Firefighters attacked the blaze from the exterior to darken down the fire before they could get inside to search. Unfortunately, they found the 1st floor collapsed into the basement. Firefighters worked to knock down the fire on the second floor from the exterior. Once they did, they gained entry to the second floor from the front porch roof. Members did a primary search of that floor that came up negative.

It is unknown where they found the victim, who hasn't been identified as of this writing.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Northampton County  


Northampton County

Reported fire escalates to a two-alarm fire that guts Lehigh Township house

February 01, 2015 at 4:38PM

At 08:50, Lehigh Township Fire 47 was sent to the area of Steven lane and Mulberry Drive for a reported house fire. The updated address was immediately given out as 4618 Steven for a dryer fire with extension to the house. Chief 47 arrived and signaled a working fire in a 2.5-story S/F/D with heavy smoke pushing from most of the house. The 1st alarm box was filled out.

As the fire was engulfing the garage area and roof of the dwelling, command struck the 2nd alarm along with a tanker task force. Walnutport's Ladder 29 positioned in the drive-way while Lehigh Engine 47 stopped on the street in front of the dwelling.

Interior members made a good push to the second floor after knocking down the fire on the first floor and darkened down the bulk of the fire in the attic within 20 minutes of arriving. Other members worked lines on the exterior of the dwelling on the side of the garage.

Companies from Lehigh and Carbon Counties assisted at the scene. A tanker fill site was established at a pond near Steven and Mulberry.

Extensive salvage work was also commenced to try and save a lot of the personal belongings in the dwelling not being affected by the fire. PPL was on location and cut power to the house. Red Cross was notified to assist the family.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Northampton County  


Lehigh County

Two-alarm fire displaces 5 children and 2 adults in South Whitehall house fire

January 18, 2015 at 1:05AM

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.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County