At 22:23 Northampton County Stations 25, 23 and EMS 27 were dispatched to the eleven hundred block of Spring Lane for a report of a dwelling fire. Enroute, disptach advises the companies that police are on location and reporting the house fully involved.
Command arrives and has a 2-story S/F/D under construction fully involved with extension to 1115 Spring Lane, a 2-story S/F/D (exposure D).
Heavy lines were put in-service with a ladder pipe. Command had the second alarm transmitted due to the number of exposures, but later recalled the assignment. The bulk of the fire was darkened down in 30 minutes.
4 homes were damaged from the heat and the original fire building was a total loss. The structure collapsed.
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 12:28 Bethlehem Fire Dispatch transmitted the box for a structural fire reported in the 700 block of Linden Street between East North Street and E. Union Boulevard, sending Engines 5, 9, 6, Ladder 2 (Reserve Engine 1) and Truck 2.
While companies were enroute, dispatch updated the address to 746 Linden Street near E. Union Blvd. for a fire.
Ladder 2 arrived and reported heavy smoke and fire from the top floor of a 3-story M/O/R. 205 transmitted the 2nd alarm immediately, bringing in Engine 1 and Ladder 1. Engine 5 was ordered to take the roll of the north side ladder.
Reserve Engine 1 stretched a hand line into the fire building. Command was getting reports of people trapped on the top floor and ordered crews to that floor for a search. A second line was stretched as a back up line. Five inch supply line was used to supply Reserve 1 with water from a hydrant on East Union Boulevard just west of Linden Street.
The initial entry team made a good hit on the fire. Command special-called Engine 3 to the scene.
A 3rd hand line was stretched into exposure 4 but remained dry.
Ladder 1 was positioned on E. Union Boulevard and laddered the rear of the building.
All searches came up negative. Neighbors told Newsworking the fire building was used as a drug manufacturing facility. The police established address as a crime scene and is investigating.
No injuries were reported and all searches were negative.
Firefighters had the fire darkened down about 15 minutes after they arrived. Crews remained on the scene overhauling and checking for hot spots.
Off-duty firefighters were called into the city to man a reserve engine while the full compliment of men for the shift battled this blaze.
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.
Mike Nester shot this video and photos Thursday evening of this house fire at 53 Victory Lane in Nazareth Borough. This is what he wrote about the fire:
"Late Thursday evening Northampton County 911 dispatches Fire crews to the unit block of Victory Lane for a reported house fire. As crews go responding the smoke is visible from their stations and the call is quickly called a working fire. Crews put multiple lines and master streams in service before making entry to finish off the well advanced fire.
During the fight neighbors gathered to watch the home built by race car Driver and Owner Mario Andretti go up in flames. Fire crews made an aggressive attack after evacuating the structure putting a quick stop to the fire. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation"
At 17:22 Lehigh County received a report of an odor of smoke inside the Perkins Restaurant at 1450 MacArthur Road and sent Stations 36, 37 and Squirt 3 (3831).
Chief 16 (Benner) arrives and reports fire showing from a 1-story restaurant and special-calls station 39. Assistant Chief Monahan adds Catasauqua Ladder 231 to the special-call. Command finds heavy fire in the roof area of the building.
Engine 1 arrives and stretches a hand line into operation. The second due engine, Engine 2 brings a water supply line in from a hydrant on MacArthur Road in front of the Best Buy store.
Squirt 3 positions in front of the building and goes into service with their elevated master stream.
With the fire rapidly extending, command strikes the 2nd alarm. Lehigh County Fire Radio transmits the 2nd alarm at 17:34 sending Whitehall Engine 14, Rescue 5 for the R.I.T., Han-Le-Co Ladder 33 and Air unit 3292.
Engine 11 brings water from a hydrant on Estates Drive and positions on the south side of the building. Ladder 231 positions on the west side of the building and crews go to the roof to ventilate but the roof was compromised so they were ordered off the roof.
The bulk of the fire was darkened down by 18:00 hours and crews remained on the scene overhauling for the next couple of hours. All companies cleared the scene by 20:50.
One firefighter was injured and transported to L.V.H.C. with a minor injury.
Cetronia EMS provided numerous ambulances at 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 21:46 Bethlehem City Fire Dispatch sent Engines 3, 1, 6, Ladder 1, Utility 1 and Truck 2 to 1625 East 8th Street for a report of a smoke condition in the apartment. While responding, police report no fire or smoke but an electrical odor on the 2nd floor.
Engine 3, 1 and ladder 1 arrive to a 2-1/2 story Occupied Multiple Dwelling (OMD) and begin searching for the source of the odor. On the second floor they find a fire in the ceiling. Members stretch a hand line to the apartment and start pulling ceilings.
They find a large burn pattern and pull more ceiling. A second hand line is stretched when fire starts venting out the rear roof area. Command radios dispatch to strike the 2nd alarm sending Engines 5, 9 and Ladder 2.
Firefighters quickly darken down the bulk of the fire and continue to open up looking for hot spots. Firefighters are ordered to the roof to cut a hole in the roof.
Members of Engine 9 are ordered to stage and prepare to cover other fire calls in the city.
Companies overhaul for the next two hours and begin to take up and go home around midnight.
A total of two hand lines are stretched from Engine 3 and only 1 put into service. The second line remains dry.
Just before midnight, companies were sent to the mobile home park at 5002 Rt. 309 in the township for a house fire. Companies arrived to find a mobile home fully involved and stretched lines to protect exposures that were compromised.
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