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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At 17:39 Northampton County fire dispatched Northampton Boro Station 42, 43, 46 and Rescue 1541 (F.A.S.T.) and EMS 49 to 851 Main Street on a report of a house fire across from that address. Dispatch immediately alerted all companies of a working fire.
On arrival, Chief 42-52 found fire venting from the roof of the 3-story duplex and signaled a working fire with an address of 840 Main Street. The 1st alarm was then filled out sending additional companies. Engine 42-12 arrived and brought water to the fire from a hydrant on Main Street just north of East 9th Street. Tower Ladder 46 positioned in front of the building and put their bucket in-service with the master stream to make a quick hit on the fire. Ladder 43 (North Catasauqua) also positioned in front of the fire building and put the stick up to the roof of the exposure (side 2) when they arrived at 17:47.
The tower ladder darkened down the bulk of the fire for the interior crew to gain access to the 3rd floor where they used a hand line to hit the rest of the fire.
Crews worked for an hour to bring the fire under control. Most of the damage was contained to the attic and roof of the original fire building.
Red Cross was notified to assist 6 people that were displaced by the fire.
Coplay Police closed their side of the Coplay / Northampton bridge for the duration of the fire.
Early Wednesday morning Lower Macungie F.D. was dispatched to the 1100 Block of Zola Ct for a reported house fire. First arriving crews had a 2 story home fully involved, crews led off with master streams and heavy line.
The fire burned for about and hour and a half as crews worked to bring it under control in below freezing temperatures. Once under control crews would remain on location for several hours for overhaul and firewatch.
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Monday Afternoon Crews from Han-Le-Co Fire Company were dispatched to a reported dwelling fire in the 1900 Blk of Troxell Street.
As crews responded a header was visible rising from the block, once on location they found a home fully involved. Crews led off with a blitz attack flowing a deck gun while a water supply was established. Multiple hand lines were placed into service. As more mutual aid arrived on location a second supply line was laid in and a tower ladder was put in service. Crews had the fire under control in about an hour, however will remain on location throughout the evening.
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Lower Saucon Fire Stations were alerted around 22:55 for a report of a house fire with entrapment in the 1400 block of East University Avenue. Additional radio transmissions were reporting that police have a working fire. With that information, a chief officer responding transmitted the second alarm.
Once on scene, he transmitted a fully-involved 2-story single-family-dwelling (SFD). Firefighters attacked the blaze from the exterior to darken down the fire before they could get inside to search. Unfortunately, they found the 1st floor collapsed into the basement. Firefighters worked to knock down the fire on the second floor from the exterior. Once they did, they gained entry to the second floor from the front porch roof. Members did a primary search of that floor that came up negative.
It is unknown where they found the victim, who hasn't been identified as of this writing.
At 08:50, Lehigh Township Fire 47 was sent to the area of Steven lane and Mulberry Drive for a reported house fire. The updated address was immediately given out as 4618 Steven for a dryer fire with extension to the house. Chief 47 arrived and signaled a working fire in a 2.5-story S/F/D with heavy smoke pushing from most of the house. The 1st alarm box was filled out.
As the fire was engulfing the garage area and roof of the dwelling, command struck the 2nd alarm along with a tanker task force. Walnutport's Ladder 29 positioned in the drive-way while Lehigh Engine 47 stopped on the street in front of the dwelling.
Interior members made a good push to the second floor after knocking down the fire on the first floor and darkened down the bulk of the fire in the attic within 20 minutes of arriving. Other members worked lines on the exterior of the dwelling on the side of the garage.
Companies from Lehigh and Carbon Counties assisted at the scene. A tanker fill site was established at a pond near Steven and Mulberry.
Extensive salvage work was also commenced to try and save a lot of the personal belongings in the dwelling not being affected by the fire. PPL was on location and cut power to the house. Red Cross was notified to assist the family.
At 16:20 Saturday afternoon, South Whitehall Firefighters responded to 1604 N. 26th Street (26th & Russell) for a house fire with entrapment. Command quickly went on location and upgraded the box to a working fire and added a F.A.S.T. company from Whitehall to the box.
Members stretched hand lines to the interior and quickly darkened down the fire. Command had the 2nd alarm struck that brought two more engines to the scene.
Three members put Truck 3 (3-31) in-service and went to the roof to cut a vent hole in the roof.
The lady that was reported to be trapped was out of the house by the time the fire department arrived. She was being evaluated by Cetronia Paramedics.
Allentown Engine 10 moved to the Woodlawn Station to cover calls in the township.
At 23:11 Allentown 9-1-1 transmitted box 2542 (13th & Gordon) for a house fire at 1314 Gordon Street sending Engines 9, 4, 10 , 6, Truck 2, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) and FM 45.
The 43 battalion arrives and reports smoke from the 3rd floor of a 3-story Middle-of-Row (M/O/R). Engine 9 pulls past the house and stretches a hand line into 1316. Truck 2 comes in behind 9 and sets up.
Crews in 1316 (The end of row) find no fire. 9A (Lt. Kutz) looks out a rear window and finds heavy fire venting from 1314 and extending to both exposures.
Engine 4 arrives and positions nose first into Engine 9. Members stretch a second hand line from 9 into 1314 under the command of Captain Williams and initiates a fire attack.
As members open up the walls and ceilings, they find heavy fire. Battalion 43 transmits the second alarm, bringing in Engines 11 and 14.
Engine 11 (Quint) arrives and positions behind Tower Ladder 2 and puts the ladder in-service to the roof. Members put a trench cut in the roof to stop the horizontal spread of the fire in the cockloft.
Firefighters work for over an hour to control the fire. Three homes were damaged by the blaze.
Five hand lines were stretched with 4 in operation. 2 in the end-of-row, 2 in the original fire building (1314) and one a few doors down to stop the spread of fire from further extending down the row.
Firefighters battled not only the fire but the 15 degree freezing temperatures. Public works provided salt at the scene due to the water freezing around the apparatus. EMS was on stand-by. 1 firefighter sustained a minor injury.
While battling this fire, Engine 13 (last engine in city) responds to the Government Center at 7th and Hamilton for smoke odor in the structure. Engine 13 request the box be filled out, bringing in 2 engines, a ladder and rescue from surrounding communities. After they cleared this call, the volunteer companies manned city stations until 01:30 hours. Engine 13 was sent to box 2542 for fire watch. By 02:00, companies operating at the fire were in the process of returning to quarters.
At 23:01 Friday night, Stations 42, 45 and 43 were sent to 1403 Main Street for a radio report from police of a house fire. Police report fire showing from the 1st floor.
Chief 42-52 arrives and reports a working fire on the 1st floor side 2 of a 3-story duplex. Chief 42-53 arrives and takes operations.
Chief 42-52 special-calls 1 additional station for a full response. Fire dispatch assigns Lehigh Township Station 47.
Engine 42-12 arrives first and positions in front of the fire building and ordered to bring a water supply from 14th and Main Streets and then stretch one hand line to the fire building.
Engine 43-11 (North Catasauqua) is ordered to assist P.D. in removing dogs from the exposure. Ladder 43-21 positions in front of the fire building nosed in to Engine 42-12. Engine 45-12 positions in front of the fire building on Main Street. Ladder 47-21 positions on 14th Street and stretches 2 hand lines to the rear of the exposure.
Fire arriving engine crews darken down the fire on the first floor within 10 minutes, however the fire is rapidly extending in the walls and within a few minutes the 2nd and 3rd floors of the main fire building are fully-involved. At one point during the battle, evac tones are sounded and all members pulled out of the building. After they re-group and darken down some of the fire from the exterior hand lines, they re-enter both dwellings to hit the hot spots. The fire was under control 1 hour later. Crews spent a few hours overhauling and mopping up. The fire is under investigation.
*UPDATE* There was a rekindle of this fire around 06:30 Saturday morning. Two alarms were transmitted before the rekindle was brought under control.
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