Heidelberg, Pa. - At 04:44 Lehigh County Fire Radio dispatched Stations 10, 17, 14 and EMS 62 to the address next to 6185 Hunters Hill Road for a house fire. The caller stated the house next to his was fully-involved.
Chief 10-01 went on location reported a well-involved house fire at 6180 Hunters Hill Road and struck the 2nd alarm.
At 04:52 Lehigh County transmitted the 2nd alarm sending Station 16, Ladder 8-31, Tankers 51-21, 22-21 and Rescue 11-41 for R.I.T.
The tankers were used to support a pond that the engine company was drafting from.
Initial crews led off with a deck gun and large hand line and made a good knock on the fire. The fire was darkened down within the hour.
Pottsville, Pa. -Pottsville Fire responded to 217 Schuylkill Avenue for a house fire after 15:30 hours on Friday, November 22. Jason Witmier, assistant fire chief for Pottsville said when companies arrived they had heavy smoke pushing from the front windows and heavy fire blowing out of the rear of 217.
By 17:00 hours, the fire escalated to 3 alarms as the fire was consuming 4 homes, 213, 215, 217 and 219 Schuylkill Avenue. The fire was under control by this time but heavy smoke was still pushing from the homes.
At 18:15 hours, command reported a major collapse of 213 Schuylkill Avenue. By 19:00, companies were being released.
4 homes were damaged, 10 people displaced and 4 injuries, including one firefighter.
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At 00:09 Saturday morning Berks Fire Radio sent Engines 46, 35, 21, Ladder 46, Rescue 46 and EMS 590 to 137 Wentz Street for a reported structure fire. Chief 46 goes responding and Berks Fire advises the chief that the caller is reporting a house on fire with flames showing to the rear of the duplex and that all occupants are out of the house.
Chief 46 arrives on location reporting a 2-1/2 story duplex with heavy fire on the "charlie" side. Engine 46 brings water to the fire from Whiteoak Street and Ladder 46 is ordered to approach from Greenwich Street. Ladder 46 arrives and positions in front of the dwelling.
Chief 46 orders a 1-3/4" hand line to the front door and a second 1-3/4" hand line to the charlie side to knock down the fire between the exposures. The chief orders Engine 46 to stop short of the house to leave room for the ladder company.
At 00:18, the chiefs progress report states the fire is extending into the exposure.
At 00:23, Chief 46 strikes out the 2nd alarm. Berks Fire Radio sends Engines 33, 45, Ladder 33, 45 and Alburtis Rescue 1.
Chief 46 orders Topton Ladder 21 to the rear of the dwelling on Cemetery Lane. Engine 21 is ordered to lay in from the plug at Greenwich and Wentz and supply their ladder in the alley. Engine 35 is ordered to lay in from another plug on Whiteoak due to the original hydrant Engine 46 connected to is out-of-service.
A third hand line is stretched to the exposure (Alpha Bravo) from Engine 46 and a fourth hand line stretched to the original fire building 2nd floor.
The 3rd alarm is eventually transmitted bringing in companies from Lehigh County. Special-called above the third alarm is Berks Engine 12, 44 and Ladder 12.
2 civilians were treated for smoke inhalation and burns. They were transported to LVHC in Lehigh County. A cat and dog died in the fire. Fire officials determined that the resident fell asleep while cooking. The fire was under control about 1.5 hours after the initial dispatch.
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Tuesday, November 5 at approximately 11:30 AM Allentown Box 4164 was transmitted for a report of a house fire across from 1855 block of Chapel Avenue sending Engines 14, 11, 4, 6 (FAST), Truck 2 and Cars 43 & 48. Engine 11 pulled out of their station on Lehigh Street and reported heavy smoke in the area. The plume of smoke could be seen for miles.
Engine 14 arrives and finds heavy fire from a garage attached to a 2-story Single-Family-Dwelling (S/F/D) at 22 E. Brookdale and stretched a 2-1/2 hand line. A working fire was signaled and the Comm Center sent Engine 9 as the extra Engine on the box.
EMS arrived and started treating a male that was badly burned on the legs. He was transported to the burn center. The victim was working on his car when the fire started trapping him under the car. A female canvassing the area for voters noticed the fire and pulled the man from the burning home to safety and used a garden house to douse the flames on him.
A 2nd hand line was stretched. The bulk of the fire was darkened down about 20 minutes later.
Lower Milford, PA. -At 19:33 hours Friday evening, Lehigh County Fire Radio dispatched Engine 13-11, Tanker 13-21 and EMS 72 to 1995 Pine Tree Road (near Limeport Pike) for a garage fire attached to a dwelling. The dispatcher gave chief 13 that the caller states a car is on fire in their garage.
Police arrive and report a working fire. Chief 13 has Lehigh County transmit the 2nd alarm prior to arrival.
At 19:40 hours, the 2nd alarm is transmitted sending Engines 4-12, 27-11, Tankers 28-21, 27-21, Rescue 4-41, 7 (R.I.T.), Cascade 32 and EMS 66 & 63.
Chief 13 arrives and confirms a well-involved 2-story dwelling and requests' 4 additional tankers. The first company in, 13-11 stretches a 2-1/2 hand line to put a knock on the main body of fire. Chief 13 orders the second due engine, engine 27-11 to reverse lay a supply line from Engine 13-11 down Pine Tree to Limeport Pike. Two additional lines are stretched to help stop the spread of the fire.
At 19:47, Lehigh County sends the 4 tankers requested by Chief 13 from stations 28, 20, 19 and 15.
Water supply becomes an issue when the initial pond the companies were told to draft from on Limeport Pike is only a foot deep and will be inadequate for drafting. The attack teams go without water for a short time while crews establish a good water supply. Engine 4-12 relocates to a pond further down Limeport Pike past the bridge.
The fire rages out-of-control until being placed under control around 21:30. Crews remained on the scene for a few more hours conducting extensive overhaul.
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Approximately 21:45 hours East Allen Station 46 was dispatched to 5838 Pheasant Road for a report of a dwelling fire. Chief 46 arrived and signaled a working fire in the kitchen of the 2-story S/F/D and filled out the box.
Stations 45 and 42 were added to fill the 1st alarm assignment. Engine 46 arrived first and stopped short of the house to let room for Tower Ladder 46 to position in front of the home. Chief 46 ordered the ladder in-service as fire started to vent from the roof.
Multiple hand lines were stretched. One to the "Bravo" side of the house for an exterior attack and one inside.
A search came up positive for a pet dog that was found in a bedroom. The dog was not injured. Crews darkened down the fire in 20 minutes and remained on location overhauling.
One person was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
Wednesday morning at 01:50 hours, Allentown Fire Dispatch sent Engines 9 and 4 to investigate smoike in the 600 blk. of North 8th Street.
Engine 9 found a house fire at 616 North 8th Street and signaled a working fire. Box 2266 was filled-out and transmitted sending the balance of the assignment - Engines 6, Engine 10 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43.
Engine 9 had a water supply from a hydrant at the front of the house and stretched one hand line for a fire on the roof / top floor of 3-story M/O/R. A second hand line was stretched into 614 for minor extension.
Engine 13 was dispatched the designated F.A.S.T. company after Engine 10 went to work. Companies had the bulk of the fire darkened down about 30 minutes later.
At 13:45 box 2128 was transmitted for house fire located at 1116 Maple Street between 11th and 12th Streets and a 1/2 block south of Hamilton Street sending Engines 4, 9, 6 (8), 10 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion Chief 43 (Henrick).
Engine 6 was on the road and arrived first with heavy smoke showing from a 3-story vacant End-of-Row (EOR). Companies stretched two hand lines through the front door of the fire address and 1 hand line into the exposure on the East side of the fire building (Side Bravo).
With heavy fire consuming the rear of the original fire building and extending to the exposure, the Battalion Chief ordered the 2nd alarm to be transmitted. The fire dispatcher sent Engine 11, 14, Air 1, Car 41, 47 and 48.
Chief 43 ordered both companies on the second alarm to the rear of the fire buildings. Engine 11 entered a driveway to the rear and stretched one hand line while Engine 14 supplied water from a hydrant on Walnut Street.
Companies worked fast to contain bulk of the fire to the original fire building. The fire did extend into 1114 Maple Street the crews stopped it there.
The truck company went to the roof and cut a 4 foot by 4 foot hole in the roof. Searches of both addresses were negative.
At 01:45 hours Monday morning, Easton Fire Department was summoned to 724 Spring Garden Street for a house fire. On arrival companies found fire venting from the 2nd floor windows of a 3-story duplex. There were reports of multiple people trapped.
EMS command requested additional EMS units to the scene.
Hand lines were stretched to the fire floor and within minutes, the fire was darkened down. Searches came up positive on the #2 and #3 floors where firefighters found the deceased victims. One of the victims was a child. One female was rescued and rushed to an awaiting ambulance. She was rushed to a local hospital. It appeared that she had burns to the lower half of her body.
The fire is under investigation. Video by Mike Nester.
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