City of Allentown

All hands go to work on the east side for a well-involved house fire

December 13, 2014 at 1:15AM

All hands go to work on the east side for a well-involved house fire

Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 3261 at 23:37 for a reported apartment fire 513 South Austin Street sending Engines 13, 6 (5), 9, 4, Truck 2, Battalion 43 and FM 45.

Engine 4 arrives first-due as they were on the road returning from an EMS run and signaled a working fire in a 3-story M/O/R. Leaving room for the truck company, Engine 13 stayed out on East South Street. Truck 2 positioned behind Engine 4.

Crews stretched two hand lines to the rear of the dwellings to gain access. The way the dwellings were designed, from the front, the first floor is a garage. The actual entrances are on the side or rear of the dwellings where you enter on the second floor. Companies made an aggressive interior attack on both the 2nd and 3rd floors and darken down the bulk of the fire within 25 minutes. A water supply was established from a hydrant just a few feet from the front of Engine 4. Engine 9 positioned on East South Street and Engine 6 (5) positioned on South Bradford Street.

The box was held to the first alarm assignments. Battalion 43 signaled Engine 14 to the scene at 01:14 for fire watch.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

Lehigh County

Pre-Arrival Video:  Firefighters battle wind driven fire that rips through Coplay Borough house

December 11, 2014 at 1:50PM

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.


Lehigh County

North Whitehall Firefighters called out to report of dwelling fire on Levans Road late Sunday night

November 17, 2014 at 9:00AM

North Whitehall Firefighters called out to report of dwelling fire on Levans Road late Sunday night

Lehigh County 9-1-1 transmitted the box for a report of a dwelling fire at 2750 Levans Road at 20:08 Sunday night sending stations 22, 16 and 26. Additional information was transmitted to the chief officers that the caller was reporting an odor of something burning along with the lights flickering.

Chief 22 arrives and reports a one-story single-family-dwelling (S/F/D) with nothing showing. Tanker 22 arrived first and positioned at the front of the dwelling on Levans Road.

Crews found an electrical problem and notified PPL utilities to respond to the scene.

There was very minimal damage to the dwelling and no injuries were reported.

Tags:   House Fire   Lehigh County  

Northampton County

Firefighters Respond to house fire and find a working fire in attached garage

November 16, 2014 at 4:19PM

At 11:37 AM, Northampton County dispatched Lehigh Township Fire on a tactical box for a reported house fire at 603 Cherry Road. Chief 47 arrives and reports a working fire in the attached garage and has the balance of the 1st alarm dispatched.

First arriving 47 engine was ordered down the long driveway and stretched two hand lines. One to the garage and one to the interior of the dwelling to make a stop of the fire if it was extending from the garage. Members used a saw to cut away the garage door to make entry.

47's tanker positioned at the end of the driveway behind Engine 47 and supplied that engine with water. The fire was out in 10 minutes. Firefighters cut a vent hole in the roof above the garage to vent heat and gases and also to check for fire extension.

Other companies assisting at the scene was Walnutport's Ladder, Engine and Squad, Northampton Boro's Squad and Allen Township 45.

Tags:   House Fire   Northampton County  

city of Allentown

Firefighters battle fully-involved house fire on the south side

November 05, 2014 at 10:33AM

At 23:35 box 4437 was transmitted for the address 2406 South Law Street for a reported house fire. Engines 14, 11, 9, 6 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) and FM 45 were assigned.

BC 43 reported a working fire enroute to the scene. Engine 14 went on scene and reported a 2-story S/F/D fully involved.

Companies went in-service with their largest lines to make a quick knock on the fire. All hands went to work on arrival.

Engine 11 brought a water supply from the north and Engine 9 went to the south end and hit a plug for a water supply.

Companies remained on the scene for a few hours hitting hot spots throughout the house.

The dwelling was destroyed. Building Standards was called to the scene.

The box was held to the 1st alarm companies.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

City of Allentown

Civilian waves down patrol car and reports house fire in center city

November 04, 2014 at 9:04PM

At 11:26 a civilian waved down a patrol car to report a house fire at 218 North 5th Street. Police radioed the comm center and reported the fire. Box 2223 was then transmitted sending Engines 4, 6, 10, 11, Truck 2 (1), Battalion 43 (Hendricks) and car 48.

Arriving first, Truck 2 reports smoke showing from the rear. The battalion Chief arrives and finds fire venting out the 2nd floor windows in the rear of the 3-story duplex.

Engine 4 stretches one hand line through the front door and to the second floor to find a room and contents job.

The fire is quickly extinguished. Firefighters cut open the roof to check for extension. No injuries were reported. The fire is under investigation.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

Northampton County

Palmer Municipal Fire battles late night house fire that injures 1 firefighter

November 03, 2014 at 10:36AM

A few minutes after 23:00 Sunday, Palmer 27 was dispatched to 3200 Freemansburg Avenue (c/s Greenwood) for a reported house fire.

Chief 27 arrives and reports a fully-involved 1-story single-family-dwelling (S/F/D) and requests the F.A.S.T. from station 15.

The first due engine stretches 5 lines. The chief special-calls 1 additional engine from station 14. Members had to use caution as a live power line fell into the yard. You'll see the arcing in the video.

About an hour into the fire, the chief signals the fire out and request S.P.C.A. for 20 cats that were found alive in the basement.

1 Firefighter sustained a minor hand injury and was treated by EMS and transported to an area hospital.

Tags:   House Fire   Northampton County  

Warren County, NJ

Nine homeless in fire that damaged 4 row homes in New Jersey

November 01, 2014 at 3:43PM

Around 18:30 Phillipsburg Firefighters were sent to 143 Mercer Street. On arrival, they found fire venting from the front and rear of the dwelling.

The fire appeared to have started in the kitchen and quickly spread to 4 homes in the row.

4 Firefighters were injured battling the blaze.

Photos and Video by Mike Nester.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   New Jersey  

City of Allentown

Firefighters get a fast knock down on vacant house fire in Center City

October 30, 2014 at 4:58PM

At 11:51 AM Thursday, Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 2262 for a house fire at 420 Allen Street - Engines 6, 4, 9, 10 (F.A.S.T.), 11 (acting ladder), Battalion 43 and FM 45.

On arrival Engine 6 has smoke showing from a vacant 3-story M/O/R. Battalion Chief 43 (Atiyeh) arrives and transmits a working fire signal. Engine 6 stretches to the rear room on the first floor for a small fire. Additional members are ordered to the second floor to check for extension. No fire was found on the second floor. Members also checked the basement for extension where they found a small fire. Once all the fire was knocked, fans were set up to help ventilate the structure.

The battalion noticed that the building was reinforced from the outside and the walls were bowing and ordered all members off the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Two lines are stretched and one was wet. Searches were negative. The Fire Marshal is investigating this suspicious fire.

Photos and video by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

City of Allentown

House On East Hamilton Street Damaged By Fire Sunday Afternoon

October 05, 2014 at 8:48PM

House On East Hamilton Street Damaged By Fire Sunday Afternoon

At 17:12 box 3212 was transmitted for a house fire at 234 East Hamilton Street sending Engines 6, 9, 4, 14 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2, Battalion 43 and FM 45. First due Engine 13 was on an EMS run and became available the same time the box was going out and responded.

Engine 9 went on scene first with heavy fire showing on the first floor of the 3-story dwelling. Members stretched to the first floor and encountered heavy fire. The crew darkened down the main body of fire within minutes, making way for firefighters to gain access to the upper floors for searches and to check for extension.

Battalion 43 signaled the fire under control 20 minutes after arrival. Searches came up negative and no extension of fire was found. Crews remained on scene mopping up. The Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze.

All photos by correspondent Mike Nester.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire