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Warren County, NJ

Nine homeless in fire that damaged 4 row homes in New Jersey

November 01, 2014 at 3:43PM

Around 18:30 Phillipsburg Firefighters were sent to 143 Mercer Street. On arrival, they found fire venting from the front and rear of the dwelling.

The fire appeared to have started in the kitchen and quickly spread to 4 homes in the row.

4 Firefighters were injured battling the blaze.

Photos and Video by Mike Nester.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   New Jersey  


Northampton County

Fire Damages Building And Pizza Shop On Main Street In Nazareth

October 29, 2014 at 7:49PM

Firefighters responded to Pizza Joe's at 550 South Main Street for a report of a structural fire around 10:45 AM Wednesday.

On arrival they found smoke pushing from the 3-story 65x45 mixed use building with a pizza shop on the first floor.

Members stretched to the top floor and were met with heavy fire conditions. Command eventually pulled everyone out just before a small explosion occurred.

Members then attempted to advance back in and were eventually called out by command for a second time as the fire burned through the roof.

The fire was place under control in 1 hour.

Photos and video by Mike Nester.



City of Allentown

Heavy Fire On Arrival, Chief Strikes The Second Alarm For Fire In the Apartment Building

September 13, 2014 at 8:16PM

Heavy Fire On Arrival, Chief Strikes The Second Alarm For Fire In the Apartment Building

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.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Allentown    Apartment   


City of Bethlehem

Firefighters Battle Two Blazes On Labor Day

September 01, 2014 at 9:23PM

Firefighters Battle Two Blazes On Labor Day

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.

All photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Apartment    Bethlehem City   House Fire  


Lehigh County

Chief Strikes The 2nd Alarm For House Fire In Western Salisbury, PA.

August 28, 2014 at 5:09PM

Chief Strikes The 2nd Alarm For House Fire In Western Salisbury, PA.

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.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  


Northumberland County

Coal Region:  2nd Alarm Fire Rips Through Single Family Home In Coal Township, PA

August 18, 2014 at 11:12PM

On Friday August 15, 2014 at 13:25 hours the Coal Township Fire Department (Maine, Forrest Hills, East End, and Brady Fire Companies,) Coal Township Rescue Squad and AREA EMS were dispatched to 140 Lower Excelsior Road in Coal Township for a house fire. The fire was reported to be just off of Route 901 in the Village of Excelsior. The home owner reported to the 911 call taker that her dryer was on fire in her home.

AREA EMS arrived in minutes and found smoke and flames coming from the first floor rear porch windows of the home. The fire continued to spread quickly and began to move to the second floor and attic. EMS personnel reported that all residents escaped the flames and exited the burning home.

The Coal Township Fire Chief arrived on scene and then requested the second alarm be dispatched. The fire was quickly advancing in to a fast moving fire in a large single home. The second alarm brought Shamokin Ladder 32, Shamokin Rescue 62 (RIT), Shamokin Liberty Engine 21 and the remaining of the Coal Township Fire Department. Brady Engine 151 was on scene first and established a water supply from a hydrant near the Route 901 highway. The crew deployed a number of hose lines and made an offensive attack to stop the fire. The East End Fire Company Engine 121 connected a Humat valve to the hydrant and pressurized the supply line. Shamokin Liberty Engine 21 drafted from a portable pond and provided additional volume to the supply line to Engine 151.

The Incident Command then assigned the additional arriving Coal Township and Shamokin Fire units to back up the first in companies in fighting the house fire. Additional arriving fire fighters assisted the first in engine crews in stretching a hose lines to the rear of the residence. The deck guns from Engine 111 and Engine 151 were placed into service operating in a defensive mode. The multiple number of exterior hose line helped to knocked down the fire in the rear.

Shamokin Ladder 32, Shamokin Rescue 62, and Coal Township Rescue 193 staged a block south west of the home and sent its crew to the front of the home. Ladder 32 crew deployed a number of ground ladders around the home. A vertical ventilation crew was sent to the roof to cut vent holes. The additional firefighting crews backed up the first attack crews by operating additional hose lines. The Rescue 62 Crew proceeded to Side Alpha and provided RIT operations.

The fire conditions in the home worsen and later caused all interior crews to evacuate. Large flames burned through the roof of the home causing extreme dangerous risk of collapse. The interior attack crews redeployed outside the home and operated exterior hose lines on the fire. Engine 151 placed its deck gun into service and targeted the windows of the upper floors. Incident Command decided that more water was needed for the defensive operations and extinguishing the fire. He then had additional tankers from Beaverdale, Wilburton, East Cameron Township, and Ralpho Township brought to the fire scene. Ralpho Township Engine 294 established a refill site at a shopping plaza a few miles away. Route 901 was shut down to traffic by fire place during the majority of the incident.

In an hour the smoke and fire conditions in the home improved and allow attack crews to re-enter the home with hose lines. The firefighting crews had the fire under control in less than three hours and without any major further incident. Forest Hills Engine 161 Tele-Squirt was placed into service for the first time and finished the job extinguishing the stubborn fire.

The fire investigator believes the fire started in the first floor kitchen in clothes dryer and traveled to the second floor. The assistant fire chief reported that there were no major injuries to residents or fire fighters. The large home received major fire damage and will be required to be torn down. Three Shamokin fire fighters escaped injury when the rear roof collapsed into the yard. AREA EMS personnel stood by and provided REHAB to the fire fighters.

Photos and Video by Stephen Barrett (Coal Region Fire). To see the complete photo gallery, click here.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire  


Lehigh County

Two Alarms Transmitted For A House Fire In Lower Macungie, PA.

August 11, 2014 at 11:50PM

Crews were dispatched around 1800 hours to the 6500 blk of Sauterne Drive for a reported house fire. First arriving officer calls the working fire seconds after dispatch with heavy fire showing.

As crews start making an attack the 2nd alarm was struck for heavy fire conditions. Members are evacuated from the structure and master streams are placed in service as the roof gives way to intense flames.

Once the fire is darkened down interior crews go back to work knocking the bulk of the fire down with in the first hour.

Crews remain on scene for a couple hours making sure all fire is extinguished.

Photos, Video and story by Mike Nester.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire  


Lehigh County

2nd Alarm:  Truck Hauling Hay Burns On Mauch Chunk Road

July 26, 2014 at 11:53PM

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Around 16:20 hours Saturday afternoon, Woodlawn Station 32 was dispatched to the area of Rothrock Motors on Mauch Chunk Road for a report of a truck on fire hauling hay.

Chief 32 arrives to find a working fire and strikes out the 2nd alarm due to the size of the load. Whitehall Township sent an engine to assist with the South Whitehall companies.

Allentown Engine 10 was moved up to the Woodlawn station to cover calls in their district. Crews were still on the scene at 23:00 hours.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Automobile Fire   Lehigh County  


City of Easton

VIDEO:  Easton Firefighters Battle Two Alarm Fire In Center City

July 26, 2014 at 2:59PM

Friday night Crews from Easton Fire Department were alerted to an apartment building fire in the unit block of North 4th Street in Center City.

Arriving units confirmed the working fire and put all hands to work with fire on the upper floor and roof of the structure. As crews worked to get ahead of the fire which was running the roof crews from Wilson Fire and Palmer Municipal Fire Department were called in to assist at the scene.

Crews worked to open the roof from the outside and also worked the interior of the structure to gain access to the fire. Crews had the fire under control in a couple of hours and would remain on scene late into the night making sure all hot spots were taken care of. The fire is under investigation.

Video and story by Mike Nester.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Easton City, PA   House Fire  


Northampton County

Intense Fire Destroys One Home And Damages Four Others in Forks Township, PA

July 07, 2014 at 5:28PM

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.

The fire is under investigation.

Viewer video submitted by Isaias Espinoza.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Northampton County