Early Wednesday morning Lower Macungie F.D. was dispatched to the 1100 Block of Zola Ct for a reported house fire. First arriving crews had a 2 story home fully involved, crews led off with master streams and heavy line.
The fire burned for about and hour and a half as crews worked to bring it under control in below freezing temperatures. Once under control crews would remain on location for several hours for overhaul and firewatch.
Video, Photos and Story by correspondent Mike Nester.
Allentown box 3122 was transmitted at 16:54 for a report of a house fire located at 219 Chestnut Street sending Engines 6, 4, 9, 13 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh), FM 45.
Engine 6 arrives first and positions on 2nd Street due to the Chestnut Street being to narrow and reports nothing showing. Engine 9 approaches from 3rd Street and takes Chestnut Street. On arrival, crews had nothing showing from the exterior of the 3-story duplex. Members go inside to investigate and find a small fire on the 3rd floor inside the interior wall and call for a hand line. One hand line is stretched from Engine 9. Engine 4 is ordered to stand-by at a hydrant.
Crews open up the wall and extinguish the small fire. Other members are in the exposure checking for extension and found no fire on the other side of the duplex. Within 15 minutes, companies start picking up and return to quarters.
The Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.
Monday Afternoon Crews from Han-Le-Co Fire Company were dispatched to a reported dwelling fire in the 1900 Blk of Troxell Street.
As crews responded a header was visible rising from the block, once on location they found a home fully involved. Crews led off with a blitz attack flowing a deck gun while a water supply was established. Multiple hand lines were placed into service. As more mutual aid arrived on location a second supply line was laid in and a tower ladder was put in service. Crews had the fire under control in about an hour, however will remain on location throughout the evening.
Video, Photos and story by correspondent Mike Nester.
Lower Saucon Fire Stations were alerted around 22:55 for a report of a house fire with entrapment in the 1400 block of East University Avenue. Additional radio transmissions were reporting that police have a working fire. With that information, a chief officer responding transmitted the second alarm.
Once on scene, he transmitted a fully-involved 2-story single-family-dwelling (SFD). Firefighters attacked the blaze from the exterior to darken down the fire before they could get inside to search. Unfortunately, they found the 1st floor collapsed into the basement. Firefighters worked to knock down the fire on the second floor from the exterior. Once they did, they gained entry to the second floor from the front porch roof. Members did a primary search of that floor that came up negative.
It is unknown where they found the victim, who hasn't been identified as of this writing.
At 08:50, Lehigh Township Fire 47 was sent to the area of Steven lane and Mulberry Drive for a reported house fire. The updated address was immediately given out as 4618 Steven for a dryer fire with extension to the house. Chief 47 arrived and signaled a working fire in a 2.5-story S/F/D with heavy smoke pushing from most of the house. The 1st alarm box was filled out.
As the fire was engulfing the garage area and roof of the dwelling, command struck the 2nd alarm along with a tanker task force. Walnutport's Ladder 29 positioned in the drive-way while Lehigh Engine 47 stopped on the street in front of the dwelling.
Interior members made a good push to the second floor after knocking down the fire on the first floor and darkened down the bulk of the fire in the attic within 20 minutes of arriving. Other members worked lines on the exterior of the dwelling on the side of the garage.
Companies from Lehigh and Carbon Counties assisted at the scene. A tanker fill site was established at a pond near Steven and Mulberry.
Extensive salvage work was also commenced to try and save a lot of the personal belongings in the dwelling not being affected by the fire. PPL was on location and cut power to the house. Red Cross was notified to assist the family.
At 16:20 Saturday afternoon, South Whitehall Firefighters responded to 1604 N. 26th Street (26th & Russell) for a house fire with entrapment. Command quickly went on location and upgraded the box to a working fire and added a F.A.S.T. company from Whitehall to the box.
Members stretched hand lines to the interior and quickly darkened down the fire. Command had the 2nd alarm struck that brought two more engines to the scene.
Three members put Truck 3 (3-31) in-service and went to the roof to cut a vent hole in the roof.
The lady that was reported to be trapped was out of the house by the time the fire department arrived. She was being evaluated by Cetronia Paramedics.
Allentown Engine 10 moved to the Woodlawn Station to cover calls in the township.
At 02:07 Northampton County transmitted a tactical box for 947 South Cotton Wood Road on a house fire, sending Lehigh Township 47, Walnutport Ladder 44-21 and Allen Township 45-31.
Chief 47-53 went on location and reported a fire in the exterior wall of a 2.5-story dwelling and had the county fill out the full 1st alarm for a working fire.
He ordered the first-in engine to check the interior walls with a thermal imaging camera and a second crew to the exterior to open up the wall.
Three hand lines were stretched with two in operation, one interior and one exterior. Once the walls were opened up, firefighters found fire in the wall near the pellet stove.
Companies remained on the scene for about an hour overhauling and checking for extension.
The residents told Newsworking that the wife noticed smoke coming out of the wall and woke her husband up. He called 9-1-1 and then used an extinguisher around the stove pipe where it entered the wall. Early detection on this fire saved the house.
At 23:11 Allentown 9-1-1 transmitted box 2542 (13th & Gordon) for a house fire at 1314 Gordon Street sending Engines 9, 4, 10 , 6, Truck 2, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) and FM 45.
The 43 battalion arrives and reports smoke from the 3rd floor of a 3-story Middle-of-Row (M/O/R). Engine 9 pulls past the house and stretches a hand line into 1316. Truck 2 comes in behind 9 and sets up.
Crews in 1316 (The end of row) find no fire. 9A (Lt. Kutz) looks out a rear window and finds heavy fire venting from 1314 and extending to both exposures.
Engine 4 arrives and positions nose first into Engine 9. Members stretch a second hand line from 9 into 1314 under the command of Captain Williams and initiates a fire attack.
As members open up the walls and ceilings, they find heavy fire. Battalion 43 transmits the second alarm, bringing in Engines 11 and 14.
Engine 11 (Quint) arrives and positions behind Tower Ladder 2 and puts the ladder in-service to the roof. Members put a trench cut in the roof to stop the horizontal spread of the fire in the cockloft.
Firefighters work for over an hour to control the fire. Three homes were damaged by the blaze.
Five hand lines were stretched with 4 in operation. 2 in the end-of-row, 2 in the original fire building (1314) and one a few doors down to stop the spread of fire from further extending down the row.
Firefighters battled not only the fire but the 15 degree freezing temperatures. Public works provided salt at the scene due to the water freezing around the apparatus. EMS was on stand-by. 1 firefighter sustained a minor injury.
While battling this fire, Engine 13 (last engine in city) responds to the Government Center at 7th and Hamilton for smoke odor in the structure. Engine 13 request the box be filled out, bringing in 2 engines, a ladder and rescue from surrounding communities. After they cleared this call, the volunteer companies manned city stations until 01:30 hours. Engine 13 was sent to box 2542 for fire watch. By 02:00, companies operating at the fire were in the process of returning to quarters.
At 06:48, Allentown transmitted box 5147 for 817 South 5th Street on a house fire sending the 4th platoon Engines 14, 11, 4, 9, Truck 2 under the command of the 43 Battalion (Wehr).
Engine 14 arrives to find heavy smoke showing from a two-story duplex and stretches one hand line to the front door. Battalion 43 orders a second hand line to be stretched into the 'D' exposure as fire is extending in the rear of the building to this exposure.
Engine 14 members get a good knock on the bulk of the fire on the first floor, however, fire continues to to burn on the second floor but interior crews can't gain access due to the stairs being burned away.
Chief Wehr special-calls an additional engine company for manpower. Allentown dispatch sends Engine 6.
The fire is under control about 30 minutes after arrival of the first due.
Lehigh County transmitted a box for a reported house fire at 05:11 for 1736 Ritter Street sending Station 20, Fountain Hill Ladder 34 and EMS 73. Chief 20-01 went responding at 05:14 and was advised by dispatch that the fire was located near a wood burning stove and multiple calls were being received so expect a possible working fire on arrival. With that information, the Chief transmitted the 2nd alarm. Moments later, ambulance 73-94 went arriving and reported a working fire on Wistar Street.
Lehigh County transmitted the second alarm at 05:18 for Engines 31-12, 18-12, Ladder 31-31, Rescue 7-41 (F.A.S.T.), Cascade 32, and Re-Hab 66. At this time, all residents are reported out of the house and safe in a neighbors home.
First-due Engine was ordered to bring a water supply in from Broadway and Wistar and then stretch a large hand line from the rear of the engine. With the dwelling fully-involved, a defensive attack mode was commenced from the start as companies stretched their largest hand lines and put deck guns in operation.
Command requested numerous tankers for water supply and confirmed the dwelling was on Wistar Street not Ritter Street.
Electrical lines came down in the street that were attached to the house and hampered the initial attack. 20 Command ordered PPL Utilities to expedite to the scene.
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