Lehigh County

Duplex Heavily Damaged In 3-Alarm Fire In Catasauqua, PA.

July 26, 2014 at 7:21PM


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.

Tags:   3rd Alarm    House Fire   Lehigh County  

City of Easton

VIDEO:  Easton Firefighters Battle Two Alarm Fire In Center City

July 26, 2014 at 2:59PM

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.

Video and story by Mike Nester.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Easton City, PA   House Fire  

Northampton County

Intense Fire Destroys One Home And Damages Four Others in Forks Township, PA

July 07, 2014 at 5:28PM

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.

The fire is under investigation.

Viewer video submitted by Isaias Espinoza.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Northampton County  

City of Bethlehem

Firefighters Use 2-Alarms To Fight Fire In A Duplex In Downtown

July 05, 2014 at 5:52PM

Firefighters Use 2-Alarms To Fight Fire In A Duplex In Downtown

Just before 17:00, Bethlehem City Fire Dispatch transmitted the box for 405 East Broad Street on a house fire. Ladder 2 reports heavy smoke showing from a few blocks away while responding.

Engine 6 arrives to fire venting out the second floor front window and stretches in with two hand lines. A water supply was established for Engine 6 from a hydrant at Maple and Broad.

The bulk of the fire was darkened down within 15 minutes. A cat was retrieved by firefighters from the adjoining house uninjured.

Neighbors told NewsWorking they heard an argument before the fire broke out.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Bethlehem City   House Fire  

Northampton County


July 04, 2014 at 11:57PM


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.

Tags:   House Fire   Northampton County  

Whitehall Township

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Citizen Extinguishes Fire To Save House Before The Arrival Of Firefighters

June 27, 2014 at 7:06PM

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.

Northampton County

Fire Damages Home in East Allen Township And Goes To Three Alarms

June 20, 2014 at 3:30PM

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.

Tags:   3rd Alarm    House Fire   Northampton County  

City of Allentown

Fire Damages Rowhome In Center City Allentown

June 15, 2014 at 12:05PM

Fire Damages Rowhome In Center City Allentown

At 11:50 AM Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 2244 (6th & Gordon) for 418 N. Law Street on a reported house fire, assigning Engines 9, 6, 4, Truck 2, Engine 13 (F.A.S.T.) and Battalion 43.

Battalion 43 arrives and reports smoke showing from a 3-story Middle-of-Row dwelling (M/O/R). Engine 9 arrives and lays a supply line from Gordon Street and positions in front of the fire building. They stretch a hand line to the interior to find fire in the stairwell and walls.

Battalion 43 signals a working fire and special-calls 1 additional engine above the 1st alarm sending in Engine 10 for manpower. Engine 6 and Truck 2 members go to the rear and throw a ground ladder and cut a vent hole in the second floor roof. Interior crews knock the main body of fire and start opening up walls as they find fire in the walls between the fire building and exposure 4. A second hand line is stretched but remains dry.

A total of 3 lines were stretched and two were wet. Chief 41 was called to the scene with the arson K-9 to investigate the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

Warren County

NJ: Phillipsburg Home Damaged By Fire Tuesday Evening

June 11, 2014 at 10:37PM

Video from Phillipsburg, NJ house fire Tuesday night at 99 Sitgreaves Street. Mike Nester shot the video and photos. He wrote this about the fire:

Around 19:30 hrs Tuesday Night Alert Hook & Ladder Co. 1 'Phillipsburg Fire' and Phillipsburg Emergency Squad were dispatched to the unit block of Sitgreaves street for a reported house fire.

Crews arrived on location with heavy fire showing from the 2nd floor of a 2.5 Story Dwelling. Crews went right into a blitz attack making a quick knock on the main body of fire, however flames managed to extend to the roof and top floor of the residence.

Crews went into a defensive attack at the fire burned through the roof putting a tower ladder and several hand lines in service. Crews remained on location through the evening to make sure all fire was knocked and for the investigation

Tags:   House Fire   Warren County, NJ  

Northampton County


April 25, 2014 at 6:04PM

Mike Nester shot this video and photos Thursday evening of this house fire at 53 Victory Lane in Nazareth Borough. This is what he wrote about the fire:

"Late Thursday evening Northampton County 911 dispatches Fire crews to the unit block of Victory Lane for a reported house fire. As crews go responding the smoke is visible from their stations and the call is quickly called a working fire. Crews put multiple lines and master streams in service before making entry to finish off the well advanced fire.

During the fight neighbors gathered to watch the home built by race car Driver and Owner Mario Andretti go up in flames. Fire crews made an aggressive attack after evacuating the structure putting a quick stop to the fire. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation"

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Northampton County