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 02:07 Northampton County transmitted a tactical box for 947 South Cotton Wood Road on a house fire, sending Lehigh Township 47, Walnutport Ladder 44-21 and Allen Township 45-31.
Chief 47-53 went on location and reported a fire in the exterior wall of a 2.5-story dwelling and had the county fill out the full 1st alarm for a working fire.
He ordered the first-in engine to check the interior walls with a thermal imaging camera and a second crew to the exterior to open up the wall.
Three hand lines were stretched with two in operation, one interior and one exterior. Once the walls were opened up, firefighters found fire in the wall near the pellet stove.
Companies remained on the scene for about an hour overhauling and checking for extension.
The residents told Newsworking that the wife noticed smoke coming out of the wall and woke her husband up. He called 9-1-1 and then used an extinguisher around the stove pipe where it entered the wall. Early detection on this fire saved the house.
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 06:48, Allentown transmitted box 5147 for 817 South 5th Street on a house fire sending the 4th platoon Engines 14, 11, 4, 9, Truck 2 under the command of the 43 Battalion (Wehr).
Engine 14 arrives to find heavy smoke showing from a two-story duplex and stretches one hand line to the front door. Battalion 43 orders a second hand line to be stretched into the 'D' exposure as fire is extending in the rear of the building to this exposure.
Engine 14 members get a good knock on the bulk of the fire on the first floor, however, fire continues to to burn on the second floor but interior crews can't gain access due to the stairs being burned away.
Chief Wehr special-calls an additional engine company for manpower. Allentown dispatch sends Engine 6.
The fire is under control about 30 minutes after arrival of the first due.
Lehigh County transmitted a box for a reported house fire at 05:11 for 1736 Ritter Street sending Station 20, Fountain Hill Ladder 34 and EMS 73. Chief 20-01 went responding at 05:14 and was advised by dispatch that the fire was located near a wood burning stove and multiple calls were being received so expect a possible working fire on arrival. With that information, the Chief transmitted the 2nd alarm. Moments later, ambulance 73-94 went arriving and reported a working fire on Wistar Street.
Lehigh County transmitted the second alarm at 05:18 for Engines 31-12, 18-12, Ladder 31-31, Rescue 7-41 (F.A.S.T.), Cascade 32, and Re-Hab 66. At this time, all residents are reported out of the house and safe in a neighbors home.
First-due Engine was ordered to bring a water supply in from Broadway and Wistar and then stretch a large hand line from the rear of the engine. With the dwelling fully-involved, a defensive attack mode was commenced from the start as companies stretched their largest hand lines and put deck guns in operation.
Command requested numerous tankers for water supply and confirmed the dwelling was on Wistar Street not Ritter Street.
Electrical lines came down in the street that were attached to the house and hampered the initial attack. 20 Command ordered PPL Utilities to expedite to the scene.
The fire went to three alarms before it was brought under control. All video and photos by Mike Nester. More photos can be viewed by clicking here.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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