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.
Bath, PA. Firefighters from 12 Northampton County companies battled a house fire at 128 South Chestnut Street. First arriving companies found a fire in the basement that was extending to the upper floors of the 2-story dwelling.
Salisbury, Pa. - At 12:52 PM Sunday, Lehigh County Fire Radio transmitted the box for 2020 Greenwood Road in Salisbury Township on a house fire. Sending Station 31 and Engine 2012 along with EMS 62.
The initial report was for a kitchen fire. When command signed on the radio and immediately went on scene, he reported heavy fire showing from the second floor of a 2-story Single-Family-Dwelling (S/F/D) and struck out the 2nd alarm. The second alarm companies were Station 30, Ladder 331, 7 and Rescue 141 for the F.A.S.T. company.
Engine 31-12 arrived and stretched a hand line to the front door and up the stairs to the seat of the fire.
Ladder 331 arrived and assisted the engine company stretching the line.
The residents and police officer shoveled out the hydrant that Engine 31-12 used for the water supply.
A total of 2 hand lines were stretched. Companies did a good job knocking down the fire and containing the fire to the second floor.
Lower Milford, PA. -Firefighters were sent to 7707 Cymun Drive at 02:36 Wednesday morning for a report of a house fire. Crews arrived to find a working fire in the basement of the 2-story dwelling and the 2nd alarm was transmitted. Multiple hand lines were stretched and put into service.
Video and photos by Jay Wagner of Jay Wagner Photography.
Lynn, PA. Two alarms were transmitted for a house fire at 20:30 hours Friday evening across from 7130 Old Orchard Court. On arrival, command reported a working fire in a two story dwelling and struck the 2nd alarm immediately.
Crews stretched and put into service multiple hand lines. An elevated master stream was established until the fire was darkened down.
A pond on Long Court was used as a water supply. Tankers were using the large pond as a fill sight to supply water at the scene.
Firefighters searched the dwelling and found no one inside. The fire was brought under control in 2 hours.
At 06:32 Thursday morning, the second alarm was transmitted for 18 South 2nd Street on a house fire. Engine 511 arrived in front of the building and stretched 4 lines, 3 into the fire building and 1 into the Bravo exposure.
Whitehall Engine 13 (LC3811) brought in a water supply for Engine 511. Firefighters opened up walls to extinguish the fire.
A neighbor told NewsWorking that the homeowner's boyfriend used a heat gun to thaw frozen pipes earlier in the morning and started a small fire that was extinguished.
A cat was rescued from the home and was being attended to by firefighters next to Engine 511. Firefighters contained the blaze to the original fire building.
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