At 17:18 hours Monday afternoon, Lehigh County 9-1-1 dispatched units to the 127 Hillcrest Dr. South for a reported house fire.
As crews are responding, heavy smoke is visible in the area and a 2nd alarm is requested. First arriving officer takes command and reports two homes involved with live wires down in front of the homes. Crews immediately stretch multiple lines to both homes to knock down the fire, one property suffers extensive damage to the bravo side while the other is destroyed with fire on all divisions.
Crews worked for a couple hours to knock down the flames and one firefighter had a close call when a portion of a garage wall collapsed nearby.
Around 04:00 Tuesday morning, crews were dispatched again for a rekindle. On arrival, they found the same house fully involved.
At 21:03 Lehigh County 9-1-1 transmitted the box for Rt. 873 and Oak Drive for a reported house fire sending Station 9, Tanker 621, Ladder 23-31 and EMS 67.
The fire dispatcher provided Chief 9-02 that a passer-by reports the house to be fully involved. With that information, Chief 9-02 adds Tanker 16 (Neffs) to the box at 21:08. Lehigh County Radio also advises companies responding that another caller reports screaming coming from the house and upgrades the box to possible people trapped. Another caller reports the house is vacant. A confirmed address is also updated to 6655 Rt. 873.
At 21:09 Engine 9-11 arrives on location and signals a working fire. A minute later EMS 67-94 advises that there's live wires down around the dwelling and to use caution.
Chief 9 arrives and has the 2nd alarm struck. At 21:12 Lehigh County sends Tanker 9-21, Engine 24, Tanker 23-22, 10-21, Norco 47 Tanker, Ladder 16 and Rescue 11 (F.A.S.T.).
Ladders 23 and 16 put their elevated master streams into operation along with multiple hand lines. The fire started darkening down 45 minutes into the call.
Lehigh County 9-1-1 dispatched Station 24, Engine 29-11, Ladder 29-31, Rescue 11-41 (F.A.S.T.) to 1135 Maple Spring Drive for a reported house fire. Deputy 29 (Wentz) signed on radio responding and was advised that the caller reported the rear deck on fire. Deputy 29 arrives in area reporting heavy smoke showing and moments later reported a working fire in a 1-story private dwelling and struck out the 2nd alarm at 14:06.
Lehigh County transmitted the second alarm at 14:07 sending Engines 611, 911, 2311, 1611, 4712 (N.C.), Tower Ladder 721 (Palmerton), squad 1651 and rehab 66.
Chief 24 went on location taking over command. Three lines were immediately stretched as fire was rapidly spreading into the roof area of the building. One line was stretched to the rear, two through the front door and one to side 4 of the building.
Ladder 47 went to the roof to cut a vent hole. A water supply was established using a hydrant across the street from the fire building. Crews worked for about 45 minutes to darken down all the fire. Crews in the garage had a stubborn fire above the ceiling in the roof line and had to pull ceilings to gain access to the fire. The crew in the rear continued to water down the deck and the exterior of the house.
A total of 4 hand lines were stretched and operating. One firefighter and the homeowner were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries. Catasauqua was requested for a second F.A.S.T. company.
Shortly before 15:00 hours, Coopersburg Fire Department was dispatched to 34 Young Avenue for a reported house fire. Responding from headquarters, police reported heavy smoke showing in the area of the call.
The first apparatus to go responding also reported heavy smoke in the area and had the 2nd alarm struck.
On arrival, crews found a fully-involved garage attached to a two-story dwelling. The fire was extending to the upper floors of the house.
Crews darkened down the seat of the fire and then stretched into the house for an interior attack to stop the extension of fire.
Truck company members went to the roof to ventilate.
The fire was under control within an hour and remained on the scene for the remainder of the day.
At 18:16, Lehigh County transmitted a box for a structure fire at 117 North Ruch Street in Coplay sending Engines 511, 512, Whitehall Engines 3, 13 and EMS 62.
Chief 501 arrived and signaled a working fire in a two-story apartment building with heavy fire showing on the first floor. He ordered Whitehall Engine 3 (LC 3831) to come in and stretch two hand lines. The second due engine (511) tied into a hydrant at Ruch and Chestnut and brought water to Engine 3.
Chief 501 transmitted the 2nd alarm bringing in Whitehall Engines 4, 5, Tower Ladder 6 and Woodlawn's Air unit.
Engine 13 positioned in an alley to the East of the fire building while Whitehall Engine 4 stretched a hand line to the second floor apartment directly above the fire apartment.
Whitehall Engine 5 brought a supply line in for Engine 4. A total of 4 hand lines were in operation.
At 12:26 Allentown transmitted box 3614 for 1213 North Plymouth Street at Harry's U-Pull it Junk yard for a structure fire sending Engines 13, 6, 9, 14 (F.A.S.T.) Truck 2, Battalion 2 (Held) and FM 45.
The fire dispatcher advised the companies responding that heavy smoke could be seen from the street cameras on Airport Road.
The smoke column was so thick and black, it could be seen throughout the Lehigh Valley.
Police on the scene first reported propane tanks in the building and minor explosions.
Engine 13 supplied Truck 2. The truck backed in to the property and used to master streams to hit the fire. The hydrant at Plymouth and Highland was used. The large building was not accessible due to all the junk cars parked in front of it.
Engine 6 brought a supply line in and positioned in a parking lot and used their elevated master stream. It was immediately determined that this attack was going to be an exterior operation from the beginning.
Battalion 2 special-called Engine 4 to the fire. Shortly after that request, he had the 2nd alarm filled out. Engine 13 and Air 1 were assigned to the 2nd alarm with Engine 4.
Engine 9 went to the east of the fire on Quebec Street to check on the tank farm just behind the fire building. They took a water supply with them to hit the fire with their master stream to protect the tank farm.
The Haz-mat team was called out an hour into the fire for oil in the water run-off that was dumping into the storm sewer drains on Plymouth Street.
The fire was under control by 14:00 hours.
It was determined early in the fire that a ruptured gas tank was the cause of the fire. The tank was accidentally punctured and the gas poured onto the floor until it hit an ignition source.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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