On Friday August 15, 2014 at 13:25 hours the Coal Township Fire Department (Maine, Forrest Hills, East End, and Brady Fire Companies,) Coal Township Rescue Squad and AREA EMS were dispatched to 140 Lower Excelsior Road in Coal Township for a house fire. The fire was reported to be just off of Route 901 in the Village of Excelsior. The home owner reported to the 911 call taker that her dryer was on fire in her home.
AREA EMS arrived in minutes and found smoke and flames coming from the first floor rear porch windows of the home. The fire continued to spread quickly and began to move to the second floor and attic. EMS personnel reported that all residents escaped the flames and exited the burning home.
The Coal Township Fire Chief arrived on scene and then requested the second alarm be dispatched. The fire was quickly advancing in to a fast moving fire in a large single home. The second alarm brought Shamokin Ladder 32, Shamokin Rescue 62 (RIT), Shamokin Liberty Engine 21 and the remaining of the Coal Township Fire Department. Brady Engine 151 was on scene first and established a water supply from a hydrant near the Route 901 highway. The crew deployed a number of hose lines and made an offensive attack to stop the fire. The East End Fire Company Engine 121 connected a Humat valve to the hydrant and pressurized the supply line. Shamokin Liberty Engine 21 drafted from a portable pond and provided additional volume to the supply line to Engine 151.
The Incident Command then assigned the additional arriving Coal Township and Shamokin Fire units to back up the first in companies in fighting the house fire. Additional arriving fire fighters assisted the first in engine crews in stretching a hose lines to the rear of the residence. The deck guns from Engine 111 and Engine 151 were placed into service operating in a defensive mode. The multiple number of exterior hose line helped to knocked down the fire in the rear.
Shamokin Ladder 32, Shamokin Rescue 62, and Coal Township Rescue 193 staged a block south west of the home and sent its crew to the front of the home. Ladder 32 crew deployed a number of ground ladders around the home. A vertical ventilation crew was sent to the roof to cut vent holes. The additional firefighting crews backed up the first attack crews by operating additional hose lines. The Rescue 62 Crew proceeded to Side Alpha and provided RIT operations.
The fire conditions in the home worsen and later caused all interior crews to evacuate. Large flames burned through the roof of the home causing extreme dangerous risk of collapse. The interior attack crews redeployed outside the home and operated exterior hose lines on the fire. Engine 151 placed its deck gun into service and targeted the windows of the upper floors. Incident Command decided that more water was needed for the defensive operations and extinguishing the fire. He then had additional tankers from Beaverdale, Wilburton, East Cameron Township, and Ralpho Township brought to the fire scene. Ralpho Township Engine 294 established a refill site at a shopping plaza a few miles away. Route 901 was shut down to traffic by fire place during the majority of the incident.
In an hour the smoke and fire conditions in the home improved and allow attack crews to re-enter the home with hose lines. The firefighting crews had the fire under control in less than three hours and without any major further incident. Forest Hills Engine 161 Tele-Squirt was placed into service for the first time and finished the job extinguishing the stubborn fire.
The fire investigator believes the fire started in the first floor kitchen in clothes dryer and traveled to the second floor. The assistant fire chief reported that there were no major injuries to residents or fire fighters. The large home received major fire damage and will be required to be torn down. Three Shamokin fire fighters escaped injury when the rear roof collapsed into the yard. AREA EMS personnel stood by and provided REHAB to the fire fighters.
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On August 11th at 09:25 the Shamokin Fire Departments and AREA EMS were dispatched to a house fire in Shamokin. The fire was located at 128 South Vine Street of the 5th Ward section of Shamokin.
Shamokin Engine 11 arrive first on the scene is to find a 2-1/2 story duplex with fire in its kitchen. The Shamokin Assistant Fire Chief then quickly had the second alarm dispatched to the scene at 09:34 hours.
Additional fire companies from Mount Carmel Township, Mount Carmel, Kulpmont and Coal Township where then dispatch to the fire. Firefighters used large hose lines and deck guns to attack the fire in a defensive mode. Firefighters enter the home with hose lines to knock down the fire in the rear of the first floor.
The fire made its way into the walls and traveled to the common attic area. The fire quickly jumped to the exposure home on the Delta side and took over the attic. Firefighters enter exposure home with additional hose lines to stop the fire extension.
Shamokin Ladder 32 and Mount Caramel Ladder 2 deployed their ground ladders to the burning building. Firefighters then gained access to the roof to vent the attic area. In minutes the fire vented from the roof and windows of the exposure home.
Firefighters were evacuated and the third alarm was brought to the fire scene. Firefighters use their portable monitors in front of the home in a defensive mode. The fire in the attic was knocked down to allow firefighters to re-enter the two homes.
It took over an hour to properly overhaul and extinguished all the hot spots. The Second and Third alarm fire units were released from the scene after 13:00 hours, but the City units remained on the scene till 15:00 hours.
The fires rekindled on the second floor prior to 18:00 hours and had to be re-extinguished by the firefighters. The fire chief believes the fire started in the kitchen and may have been accidental. The two families have been displaced and are receiving the assistance of the American Red Cross.
Video, photos and story by S. Barrett. Check out his photo gallery of this fire by clicking here.
Crews were dispatched around 1800 hours to the 6500 blk of Sauterne Drive for a reported house fire. First arriving officer calls the working fire seconds after dispatch with heavy fire showing.
As crews start making an attack the 2nd alarm was struck for heavy fire conditions. Members are evacuated from the structure and master streams are placed in service as the roof gives way to intense flames.
Once the fire is darkened down interior crews go back to work knocking the bulk of the fire down with in the first hour.
Crews remain on scene for a couple hours making sure all fire is extinguished.
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At 10:58 AM Lehigh County dispatched Catasauqua Station 2 and North Catasauqua Engine 18-11 to 725 Crane Street for a house fire. Dispatchers were receiving numerous calls and radio transmissions from other chief officers in the area that heavy smoke was showing in the vicinity.
The police arrived and confirmed the address was well-involved in fire to the rear of the dwelling.
Engine 211 approached from 3rd Street on Chestnut Street while Engine 18-11 approached from 4th Street on Chestnut Street. Both companies brought their own water supply. Three hand lines were stretched from Engine 211 and two hand lines from Engine 18-11.
Chief 2 didn't waste anytime adding two additional engines and a F.A.S.T. company to the box.
Crews worked fast to darken down the bulk of the fire on the exterior of the building while crews made a push on the interior from the front.
One person was unaccounted for on the second floor in the rear but was found outside as the interior crews made a primary search.
The firefighters were taking a beating from the heat of the fire plus the outside temperatures. Command special-called additional two alarms for manpower to replace worn out firefighters. They had a tough time inside as the fire spread within the walls.
Early stages of the investigation point to a possible cigarette that started a propane tank fire attached to a gas grille against the rear of the house. No injuries were reported.
Friday night Crews from Easton Fire Department were alerted to an apartment building fire in the unit block of North 4th Street in Center City.
Arriving units confirmed the working fire and put all hands to work with fire on the upper floor and roof of the structure. As crews worked to get ahead of the fire which was running the roof crews from Wilson Fire and Palmer Municipal Fire Department were called in to assist at the scene.
Crews worked to open the roof from the outside and also worked the interior of the structure to gain access to the fire. Crews had the fire under control in a couple of hours and would remain on scene late into the night making sure all hot spots were taken care of. The fire is under investigation.
At 22:23 Northampton County Stations 25, 23 and EMS 27 were dispatched to the eleven hundred block of Spring Lane for a report of a dwelling fire. Enroute, disptach advises the companies that police are on location and reporting the house fully involved.
Command arrives and has a 2-story S/F/D under construction fully involved with extension to 1115 Spring Lane, a 2-story S/F/D (exposure D).
Heavy lines were put in-service with a ladder pipe. Command had the second alarm transmitted due to the number of exposures, but later recalled the assignment. The bulk of the fire was darkened down in 30 minutes.
4 homes were damaged from the heat and the original fire building was a total loss. The structure collapsed.
Just before 10:30 PM, Wilson firefighters responded to 1827 Lehigh Street for a dwelling fire. Upon arrival, they found heavy fire to the rear of a 2.5-story duplex. Engine members stretched one line to the front door and one to the rear.
The fire damaged the rear porch and kitchen area of the 1st floor and extended to the second floor. The attached dwelling received smoke damage. The dwelling on the exposure 2 side (1829) received heat damage on the exterior.
Easton Fire Department assisted on the scene. Four lines were stretched and 3 placed in-service. All searches came up negative.
At 18:00 Friday, Lehigh County Fire Radio transmitted the box for 3006 North 5th Avenue for a reported dwelling fire sending Engines 3, 13, 4, 14, 6 Truck and Rescue 8 under the command of Car 16 (Benner).
A gas can was on fire in the driveway near the garage. As the fire started to extend into the structure, a civilian armed with an extinguisher attacked the fire then went inside the garage to hit a small pocket fire inside garage.
The fire for the most part was extinguished before the arrival of the fire department.
First due Squrt 3 arrived and stretched a hand line as a precaution and to hit some hot spots that remained. Engine 4 dropped a supply line from a hydrant a block away at 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue. The engine crew from 4 stretched a dry line to the garage. A supply line was brought off the back of the squrt and connected to a hydrant behind them at 5th and Chestnut.
2 vehicles in the garage sustained damage in the fire. The garage structure also sustained minor damage. No injuries were reported.
Fire officials told Newsworking the homeowner was trying to fill a lighter in the garage, possibly igniting the fire.
At 11:48 hours, Northampton County Fire stations 46 and 45 were sent to Weaversville Road and Bullshead Road for a reported dwelling fire. Multiple callers reported seeing fire from the house.
First arriving companies were confronted with heavy fire venting out of two windows on the second floor of the two-story private dwelling.
The first arriving tanker 4531 positioned on the Weaversville Road side and hit the second floor with their deck gun to darken down some of the fire. Once the fire was darkened down, members from the engine stretched a hand line through the front door and went to the 2nd floor.
Two blitz lines were set-up on side 4 of the dwelling while crews hit the fire from the interior. A second line was stretched to the interior.
Ladder 231 positioned in the front of the house on Bulls Head Road and laddered the roof where two members cut away around the chimney to expose more fire after the bulk of the fire was knocked on the second floor and attic.
The fire damaged two rooms on the second floor and extended into the attic. Five lines were stretched and 4 were operating.
Engines and tankers from Northampton County Stations 46, 45, 47 (F.A.S.T.), 42, 43, 53, 15 and Lehigh County Station 33 were on location. Ladder Companies from 42 (Northampton) and 2 (Catasauqua) were on the scene.
No injuries were reported and everyone was out of the house prior to the fire department arriving.
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