At 13:29 Tuesday afternoon, Lehigh County Fire Radio sent Engines 26-11, 22-11 and Tanker 26-21 to 4618 Kernsville Road for a garage fire. Command arrived on location and reported a working fire in a 1-story garage being used as a gun shop and ordered the 2nd alarm struck.
Lehigh County transmitted the 2nd alarm at 13:31 sending Engines 16-11, Tanker 16-21, Tanker 22-21, Ladder 16-31, Unit 26-91 and EMS 67. Command ordered multiple hand lines stretched to the garage that sits behind the property on Kernsville Rd.
Command requested more companies for man-power and tankers. Lehigh County Fire Radio sent station 11, Tanker 51-21 and Tanker 8-21.
Heidelberg, Pa. - At 04:44 Lehigh County Fire Radio dispatched Stations 10, 17, 14 and EMS 62 to the address next to 6185 Hunters Hill Road for a house fire. The caller stated the house next to his was fully-involved.
Chief 10-01 went on location reported a well-involved house fire at 6180 Hunters Hill Road and struck the 2nd alarm.
At 04:52 Lehigh County transmitted the 2nd alarm sending Station 16, Ladder 8-31, Tankers 51-21, 22-21 and Rescue 11-41 for R.I.T.
The tankers were used to support a pond that the engine company was drafting from.
Initial crews led off with a deck gun and large hand line and made a good knock on the fire. The fire was darkened down within the hour.
Upper Milford, PA. At 11:30 AM Wednesday morning, Lehigh County 9-1-1 Center started getting calls for a rubbish fire at Seedway located at 5901 Vera Cruz Road. A caller from the property said a burn pile was on fire and that they needed the fire department right away but did not provide the dispatcher on what was in the pile burning.
The plume of smoke could be seen from miles around the Lehigh Valley. The fire department kept the fire from spreading to the main buildings. Some buildings sustained minor damage from the blaze.
At 23:19 Friday, October 25, Whitehall Fire Radio sent Whitehall Station 1, Engine 4, 14, Woodlawn Engine 32 to the Helfrich Springs Apartments located at 900 Mickley Road for a fire on the balcony. Chief 16 (3501) arrived and reported a working fire in building 'V', a 3-story Occupied Multiple Dwelling (OMD).
The seat of the fire was located on the top floor of side 3 (rear). The fire vertically extended by dropping to the balcony below and extending into the cockloft before the arrival of the first due company.
Chief 16 (3501) special-called Whitehall station 3 at 23:25. Engine 1 arrived and stretched a line to the fire floor. Members pulled ceilings and found heavy fire in the cockloft. At 23:27, command special-called Catasauqua's Ladder 231. Ladder 231 positioned in the rear of the fire building. Whitehall's Squrt 3 (3831) positioned in front of the building and set up their elevated master stream. Assistant Chief 1A (3602) ordered all members out of the fire building at 23:46 so the master streams could go in-service to try and darken down the bulk of the fire.
At 23:43 command ordered the 2nd alarm be struck. Whitehall Fire Radio transmitted the 2nd alarm sending Whitehall Engine 2, Catasauqua Engine 211, Coplay Engine 5, HanLeCo Engine 33, North Catasauqua Engine 18, Northampton Engine 42, Schnecksville Engine 22 and HanLeCo Ladder 33.
With the fire extended to exposure 4, a similiar attached building, crews went to the roof and made a trench cut while interior members pulled ceilings. The crews working this exposure stopped the fire from extending past the first apartments in that building.
When the bulk of the fire was darkened down in the original fire building, the elevated master streams were turned off and interior crews continued hitting the fire from the interior.
The bulk of the fire was out by 00:30 hours Saturday morning. However, crews remained on the scene overhauling and hitting hot spots well into the morning. Mutual Aid companies started picking up and returning around 01:15.
The fire was determined to have started in a storage room on the balcony of the third floor apartment.
*NOTE ~ The first alarm assignment on this call was altered and some initial first due companies on the box were not sent because 3 out of 5 department stations were out-of-service for a fund raising event that is conducted on Friday and Saturday evenings through the month of October. Stations 1 and 4 run the calls during the event with South Whitehall's Woodlawn Engine 32 on the initial box as mutual aid.
What started as a domestic disturbance around 1:15 PM Tuesday escalated to a 2-alarm fire at the Mineral Springs Hotel & Bar located at 4306 N. Delaware Drive in Forks Township.
Fire officials arrived just before 1:30 PM and reported flames showing from the building.
The fire quickly escalated to 2-alarms with multiple tanker task forces dispatched as the fire ran the length of the cockloft. The scene is located about 4 miles north of the City of Easton and has no hydrant system. Tankers were called in from as far away as Lehigh County to help supply water. Some companies were drafting from the Delaware River.
It took firefighters over 2 hours to darken down the bulk of the fire. They remained on scene for hours overhauling and putting out hot spots.
The City of Easton provided assistance with their Tower Ladder and a few firefighters.
2 Police officers and 2 civilians were injured. One person was reported to have burn injuries.
Lower Milford, PA. -At 19:33 hours Friday evening, Lehigh County Fire Radio dispatched Engine 13-11, Tanker 13-21 and EMS 72 to 1995 Pine Tree Road (near Limeport Pike) for a garage fire attached to a dwelling. The dispatcher gave chief 13 that the caller states a car is on fire in their garage.
Police arrive and report a working fire. Chief 13 has Lehigh County transmit the 2nd alarm prior to arrival.
At 19:40 hours, the 2nd alarm is transmitted sending Engines 4-12, 27-11, Tankers 28-21, 27-21, Rescue 4-41, 7 (R.I.T.), Cascade 32 and EMS 66 & 63.
Chief 13 arrives and confirms a well-involved 2-story dwelling and requests' 4 additional tankers. The first company in, 13-11 stretches a 2-1/2 hand line to put a knock on the main body of fire. Chief 13 orders the second due engine, engine 27-11 to reverse lay a supply line from Engine 13-11 down Pine Tree to Limeport Pike. Two additional lines are stretched to help stop the spread of the fire.
At 19:47, Lehigh County sends the 4 tankers requested by Chief 13 from stations 28, 20, 19 and 15.
Water supply becomes an issue when the initial pond the companies were told to draft from on Limeport Pike is only a foot deep and will be inadequate for drafting. The attack teams go without water for a short time while crews establish a good water supply. Engine 4-12 relocates to a pond further down Limeport Pike past the bridge.
The fire rages out-of-control until being placed under control around 21:30. Crews remained on the scene for a few more hours conducting extensive overhaul.
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Approximately 21:45 hours East Allen Station 46 was dispatched to 5838 Pheasant Road for a report of a dwelling fire. Chief 46 arrived and signaled a working fire in the kitchen of the 2-story S/F/D and filled out the box.
Stations 45 and 42 were added to fill the 1st alarm assignment. Engine 46 arrived first and stopped short of the house to let room for Tower Ladder 46 to position in front of the home. Chief 46 ordered the ladder in-service as fire started to vent from the roof.
Multiple hand lines were stretched. One to the "Bravo" side of the house for an exterior attack and one inside.
A search came up positive for a pet dog that was found in a bedroom. The dog was not injured. Crews darkened down the fire in 20 minutes and remained on location overhauling.
One person was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
Around 1130 hrs Stations 8 and 56 are dispatched to Fiber America at 7072 Snowdrift Rd for a water flow alarm.
First officer arrives on location with smoke showing from a 300 foot by 300 foot 1-story warehouse and upgrades the assignment to a structure fire. Crews stretch a line into the building and Station 25 is special called for manpower, Engine from 56 lays a supply line.
Interior crews locate a 50 foot by 50 foot area of fire inside the structure and request a 2nd line and a 2nd alarm is transmitted. Crews stretch a 3rd line into the front of the building as heavy smoke pushes out from open doors.
Crews make a knock on the fire and work on overhauling the area of fire before clearing, no injuries are reported.
At 13:45 box 2128 was transmitted for house fire located at 1116 Maple Street between 11th and 12th Streets and a 1/2 block south of Hamilton Street sending Engines 4, 9, 6 (8), 10 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion Chief 43 (Henrick).
Engine 6 was on the road and arrived first with heavy smoke showing from a 3-story vacant End-of-Row (EOR). Companies stretched two hand lines through the front door of the fire address and 1 hand line into the exposure on the East side of the fire building (Side Bravo).
With heavy fire consuming the rear of the original fire building and extending to the exposure, the Battalion Chief ordered the 2nd alarm to be transmitted. The fire dispatcher sent Engine 11, 14, Air 1, Car 41, 47 and 48.
Chief 43 ordered both companies on the second alarm to the rear of the fire buildings. Engine 11 entered a driveway to the rear and stretched one hand line while Engine 14 supplied water from a hydrant on Walnut Street.
Companies worked fast to contain bulk of the fire to the original fire building. The fire did extend into 1114 Maple Street the crews stopped it there.
The truck company went to the roof and cut a 4 foot by 4 foot hole in the roof. Searches of both addresses were negative.
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