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December 10, 2014 at 23:58 Lehigh County Fire Radio transmitted a box for a house fire at 115 North 9th Street in Coplay Borough sending Coplay Station 5 and Whitehall Engines 3 (LC 3831) and Engine 13 (LC 3811).
Caller stated that the house was filling with smoke. Minutes later, police arrive and report a working fire.
Engine 511 arrived with a crew of three and positioned in front of the 1.5-story private dwelling. Whitehall's Engine 3 was ordered to lay a supply line from 9th and Chestnut Streets and supply water to Engine 511. Command struck the 2nd alarm bringing in Whitehall Engine 4 (LC3911) and Rescue 5 (LC4041), EMS 62 and Rehab unit 66.
Two lines were stretched from 511. Interior crews had a tough time accessing the fire above the ceiling on the first floor. Eventually the fire broke through the roof and crews backed out. The elevated water stream from Engine 3 was utilized to darken down the fire. Crews then re-entered the dwelling and made another attempt to hit the fire.
At this point, the fire rapidly extended throughout the roof area and crews were ordered back out. The elevated master stream was put back in service along with a hand line and was concentrated on the heavy fire load in the roof and attic.
The bulk of the fire was darkened down in 1 hour and crews remained on scene for several hours hitting hot spots.
At 21:58 Lehigh County 9-1-1 transmitted a structural fire for 5757 Route 145 at the pizzeria sending Engine 1211, Tanker 1221, Station 16 and Northampton County Engine 4712 and Tanker 4731.
Chief 16-01 signed on the radio responding and was updated by dispatch that two callers were reporting a fire in the fryer and that the fire appears to be out. At 22:03 Lehigh Township Chief 47 went on location with reports of an active fire and went to investigate. Moments later Chief 47 signaled a working fire in the duct work and walls of the 2-story restaurant. Chief 12-03 immediately struck the 2nd alarm at 22:05.
Engine 12-11 arrived first and stretched 2 hand lines, one into the interior and one to the exterior of side 4 of the building. Tanker 12-21 was ordered to lay a supply line in from the professional building at Canterbury Drive. Lehigh Township Engine 47-12 arrived 2nd due with a full crew and used ground ladders on the 4 side of the building to gain access to the fire on the exterior wall.
The 2nd alarm was transmitted sending Whitehall Engine 4 (LC3911), Lehigh County Station 22, 26, EMS 67 and Rehab 66-51.
Tower Ladder 16 backed into the parking lot and went into operation with their bucket to the roof with 2 firefighters.
The fire burned through the wall in the area of the vent fan on the south side of the building. Crews hit the fire from the interior and exterior. The fire was held to the area of the exterior wall.
A 3rd alarm was transmitted for those companies to stand-by at their stations. Walnutport's Ladder 29 was special-called to the scene.
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.
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.
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.
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