Lehigh County

Second Alarm fire closes Rt. 873 in Northern Lehigh County

September 21, 2015 at 11:40PM

At 21:03 Lehigh County 9-1-1 transmitted the box for Rt. 873 and Oak Drive for a reported house fire sending Station 9, Tanker 621, Ladder 23-31 and EMS 67.

The fire dispatcher provided Chief 9-02 that a passer-by reports the house to be fully involved. With that information, Chief 9-02 adds Tanker 16 (Neffs) to the box at 21:08. Lehigh County Radio also advises companies responding that another caller reports screaming coming from the house and upgrades the box to possible people trapped. Another caller reports the house is vacant. A confirmed address is also updated to 6655 Rt. 873.

At 21:09 Engine 9-11 arrives on location and signals a working fire. A minute later EMS 67-94 advises that there's live wires down around the dwelling and to use caution.

Chief 9 arrives and has the 2nd alarm struck. At 21:12 Lehigh County sends Tanker 9-21, Engine 24, Tanker 23-22, 10-21, Norco 47 Tanker, Ladder 16 and Rescue 11 (F.A.S.T.).

Ladders 23 and 16 put their elevated master streams into operation along with multiple hand lines. The fire started darkening down 45 minutes into the call.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  

Northampton County

Mid-morning house fire in Bath borough

September 08, 2015 at 4:11PM

Mid-morning house fire in Bath borough

At 09:49 Northampton County dispatched Station 40 to 311 Creek Road for a house fire. EMS arrived and reported heavy smoke showing and moments later reported the house to be fully-involved.

At 09:52 Ladder 46 and Station 48 were added to fill-out the box for a working house fire. Hanover 15 was added for the F.A.S.T. company.

Engine 40 stretched one hand line into the interior of the 2-story M/O/R and Tower Ladder 46 set-up their tower in front of the fire building.

The fire was placed under control in 20 minutes.

Tags:   House Fire   Northampton County  

Lehigh County

Small kitchen fire sends one elderly female to the hospital on Circle Drive in Catasauqua, PA.

September 07, 2015 at 2:47PM

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At 12:27 Catasauqua 2 and North Catasauqua 18 were dispatched for a reported dwelling fire at 121 Circle Drive. Deputy Chief 203 (Paul) arrives and reports nothing showing front of building with people outside and goes to investigate. Moments later he returns to the radio and reports the house charged with smoke and orders Engine 211 to bring in a water supply and stretch a hand line to the front door.

Ladder 231 positions nose first into the front of Engine 211. Members find a small kitchen fire that was result of food on the stove that extended to the cabinets.

The balance of the box proceeded in to stand-by. Greenawalds Rescue 11 was added to the box as the F.A.S.T. company but later recalled.

An elderly female was transported by EMS 75 to an area hospital with minor burns. The Fire Marshal is investigating.


Tags:   House Fire   Lehigh County  

Lehigh County

2nd Alarm:  Firefighters battle early afternoon house fire in Slatington injuring one firefighter

September 06, 2015 at 8:49PM

Lehigh County 9-1-1 dispatched Station 24, Engine 29-11, Ladder 29-31, Rescue 11-41 (F.A.S.T.) to 1135 Maple Spring Drive for a reported house fire. Deputy 29 (Wentz) signed on radio responding and was advised that the caller reported the rear deck on fire. Deputy 29 arrives in area reporting heavy smoke showing and moments later reported a working fire in a 1-story private dwelling and struck out the 2nd alarm at 14:06.

Lehigh County transmitted the second alarm at 14:07 sending Engines 611, 911, 2311, 1611, 4712 (N.C.), Tower Ladder 721 (Palmerton), squad 1651 and rehab 66.

Chief 24 went on location taking over command. Three lines were immediately stretched as fire was rapidly spreading into the roof area of the building. One line was stretched to the rear, two through the front door and one to side 4 of the building.

Ladder 47 went to the roof to cut a vent hole. A water supply was established using a hydrant across the street from the fire building. Crews worked for about 45 minutes to darken down all the fire. Crews in the garage had a stubborn fire above the ceiling in the roof line and had to pull ceilings to gain access to the fire. The crew in the rear continued to water down the deck and the exterior of the house.

A total of 4 hand lines were stretched and operating. One firefighter and the homeowner were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries. Catasauqua was requested for a second F.A.S.T. company.

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Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  

New Jersey

Fireground Audio: Mayday during a house fire in Jersey City Sunday morning

September 06, 2015 at 10:21AM

At 00:02 on September 6, 2015 Squad 4, Engines 10, 8, 22, Ladders 4, 6, Rescue 1, Battalion 4 and Deputy 1 responded to box 647 for 22 Clinton Avenue.

Battalion 4 went on location reporting heavy fire showing on the Delta side of a 2-story building. Squad 4 arrives and reports a person trapped in the basement and a rescue being made.

At 00:06 Battalion 2, Engine 9 and Tower Ladder 6 were added to the box on the working fire signal along with Battalion 1 as the Safety Officer. Command request 1 EMS rig for the victim pulled from the basement.

A progress report from Battalion 4 at 00:09 reports heavy fire on the 1st floor with water on the fire in the basement and request the 2nd alarm struck. Dispatch sends Engines 17, 19, 15 and Ladder 11.

At 00:17 a Mayday was transmitted (the 15:30 mark on the video). Three firefighters were removed from the fire building to awaiting EMS units.


Tags:   House Fire   New Jersey   Northern New Jersey   Rescue  

Lehigh County

Firefighters douse small house fire in North Whitehall, PA. Monday evening injuring 1 firefighter

September 01, 2015 at 8:24AM

Lehigh County Fire Radio dispatched Engines 9, 16, Tanker 9 and 16 to the house next to 2243 Red Hill Road for a house fire at 21:47. The initial 9-1-1 caller can see flames inside the house. Chief 16-01 arrives at 21:54 and preliminary reports smoke showing from a two-story single-family-dwelling (S/F/D). At 21:55 command signals a working house fire requesting 3 additional tankers be added to the 1st alarm assignment. Tankers 6, 12 and 26 were added to the box at 21:57.

Ladder 16-31 arrives first and stretches two hand lines to the oddly configured house. One line goes through the second-floor window (street level) and the second line goes in through a door on the lower level. The second floor of the structure is at street level and the 1st floor is below street level. You can actually walk onto the roof of the 1st story directly from the street.

At 22:15, command special-called two additional Engines on the box. Lehigh County sent Engines 12 and 24.

The interior crews made a quick hit on the fire darkening down the bulk of the fire in 20 minutes. The fire was under control 45 minutes later. One firefighter sustained minor injuries. Rehab Unit 66 was dispatched at 22:11 for the exhausted firefighters.

EMS 67-93 was also on the scene.

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Tags:   House Fire   Lehigh County  

City of Allentown

One civilian rescued from house fire on Allen Street

August 20, 2015 at 8:45PM

One civilian rescued from house fire on Allen Street

At 19:48 Allentown Comm Center transmitted box 2561 for 12th and Allen Streets for a reported house fire at 1137 Allen Street putting Engines 9, 4, 6, 10 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43 on the ticket.

Battalion 43 arrives on location reporting a 2-story M/O/R with smoke showing from the roof and front of the building. Engine 9 has reports of people trapped and goes to the 2nd floor where a victim is found. The Battalion chief orders an EMS rig to the scene forthwith.

Engine 6 brings a water supply in from the nearest hydrant. Engine 9 stretches a hand line to the basement and darkens down the fire as they progress down the interior stairwell. Crews in the basement were having difficulty locating the seat of the fire because the initial hose crew probably knocked the fire on the way down the stairs. With fire showing from the basement windows in the front of the fire building, Battalion 43 radio's interior crews of the fire. Engine 9 members make their way to the front of the basement where they find the seat of the fire.

A second hand line is stretched as a precautionary line. The Battalion Chief signals an extra engine company to the scene for manpower. The victim was aided by EMS and transported Class 3 to Saint Lukes Hospital.

Engine 14 was dispatched to the address for fire watch.


Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

City of Allentown

Firefighters battle this extra Engine Company house fire on North Fourteenth Street

June 19, 2015 at 3:15PM

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At 07:12 Allentown transmitted box 2653 for 14th and Highland on a report of a house fire for 1032 North 14th Street sending Engines 4, 9, 10, 6 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2, Battalion 43 (Wehr) and FM 45.

Car 43 arrives and signals a working fire in a garage of a 1-story private dwelling. Engine 4 stretches in on the garage and quickly darkens down the bulk of the fire. Engine 9 ties into the hydrant at 14th and Highland and brings water to Engine 4. Meanwhile, Truck 2 sets-up behind Engine 4 and goes to the roof to cut a ventilation hole.

The fire extended into the attic of the dwelling and ran the roof line. Engine 10 arrived and stretched a line off of 4 and went inside to stop the fire spread.

Battalion Chief Wehr requested one additional Engine and the Air Unit 1. Engine 14 was assigned the additional Engine above the 1st alarm.

Air 1 filled approximately 22 air cylinders on scene. A total of 3 hand lines were in operation for this fire. Fire watch lasted throughout most of the day. No injuries were reported.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

Lehigh County

Suspicious house fire in Lower Milford goes to two alarms Wednesday morning

June 05, 2015 at 10:46AM

10:30 AM Wednesday morning, Lehigh County dispatched Station 13 to house fire at 8184 Steinberg Road.

Lehigh County Sheriff's office was on location to serve an eviction notice when they discovered the fire.

The fire went to two alarms and was quickly brought under control. The fire is under investigation,

All video and photos by Jay Wagner.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  

City of Allentown

Firefighters use all hands on a house fire near 15th and Hamilton Streets

May 27, 2015 at 9:26PM

Firefighters use all hands on a house fire near 15th and Hamilton Streets

At 20:45 Allentown transmitted box 2414 for 27 North 15th Street on a house fire sending Engines 9, 4, 10, 11 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 And Battalion 43 (Henrick).

Battalion Chief Henrick arrives and reports fire showing from the 3rd floor and signals a working fire. Engine 9 stretches one hand line to the 3rd floor of the duplex for what appears to be a room and contents.

With numerous power lines and other utility lines in front of the building, the tower ladder cannot be used. Truck 2 members are ordered to throw ground ladders. Members go to the roof and open up to check for fire extension in the cockloft.

A second hand line is stretched up the ground ladder to hit the fire on the exterior of the dormer. Crews held the fire to the 3rd floor room and the 1st alarm assignment.

Engine Company 6 was dispatched at 21:47 for fire watch duty. The Fire Marshals office is investigating.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire