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  

Northampton County


April 20, 2014 at 7:44PM


Just before 13:30 hours Sunday, Bangor firefighters responded to a house fire at 127 Pennsylvania Avenue. Police reported heavy smoke from the roof.

Fire officials arrived on scene and reported a working fire in a 2 1/2 - story duplex with fire showing.

Firefighters stretched a total of 3 hand lines and made an interior attack on the third floor where the seat of the fire was located. Command had the fire under control shortly after 14:00.

Searches came up negative. 8 people were displaced and exposure 4 (125) sustained smoke and water damage.

Tags:   House Fire   Northampton County  

City of Allentown


March 26, 2014 at 10:03PM

At 14:15 hours Wednesday, Engines 13, 6, 9, 14 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion Chief 43 were sent on box 3342 for 56 Adams Island on a reported house fire. Battalion 43 could see heavy black smoke as they turned out on Chew Street in Center City.

Engine 13 arrives and signals a fully-involved 2-story dwelling with a report of people trapped. The report was a woman on the second floor in a closet. Firefighters stretched a hand line into operation while members went to the second floor to conduct a search for the female.

A second hand line was stretched to the rear of the dwelling for heavy fire on the exterior. The Battalion Chief ordered the hand lines protect the members on the second floor conducting the search.

As members frantically searched the second floor, 43 arrived and transmitted a second alarm and ordered all members out of the dwelling due to deteriorating conditions. Firefighters made one last attempt searching on the second floor before evacuating. The push paid off, the female was found and was brought down via a ground ladder to Paramedics. Despite the rescue, the female was pronounced dead at the scene.

Once all firefighters were evacuated and accounted for, Ladder 2 set up and used their elevated master stream to darken down the bulk of the fire. Portions of the dwelling collapsed.

Assigned to the second alarm was Engine 4 and Engine 10. Volunteer companies were sent to city firehouses to cover the city in case of another fire. Allentown Battalion 5 was placed in-service to cover calls in the city.

The Fire Marshal's office was on the scene investigating into the night looking for a cause of the fire.

One firefighter received minor burns and was transported to the hospital.

The above video and photos by Mike Nester and the video below is by Jay Wagner.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Allentown    Fatality   House Fire