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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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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.
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