City of Allentown

Report Of People Trapped, Firefighters Find Mattress Fire And Rescue A Pig And A Dog

September 03, 2014 at 10:10PM

Report Of People Trapped, Firefighters Find Mattress Fire And Rescue A Pig And A Dog

At 21:06 Allentown Fire Radio transmits box 2565 for 609 North West Street Between Allen and Tilghman Streets on a house fire with people trapped. Engines 10, 9, 4, 6 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) respond on the ticket.

Engine 9 arrives first and Lt. Kutz reports a 3-story End of Row (E/O/R) with nothing showing and goes to investigate. He finds a working fire on the top floor and stretches one hand line to knock down the room and contents job.

Firefighters removed one pig and a dog. All residents were out of the building on arrival of the F.D.

Earlier Wednesday morning, crews responded to an apartment fire in the 1000 block of Linden Street and stretched a hand line for a working fire on the first floor of the multiple dwelling.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

City of Bethlehem

Firefighters Battle Two Blazes On Labor Day

September 01, 2014 at 9:23PM

Firefighters Battle Two Blazes On Labor Day

At 06:00 Monday morning, city firefighters responded to a smoke investigation in the 100 block of E. Broad Street. Responding units found a house fire at 537 Pine Street. Members stretched 1 hand line into the 2.5-story End of Row (E/O/R) and made a quick hit on the fire.

Command requested 1 engine (E3) above the 1st alarm assignment. Engine 3 was ordered to go to the roof and ventilate. Red Cross was notified to assist the family. No injuries were reported.

At approximately 16:15 Monday afternoon, Bethlehem 200 transmitted a box for a report of an apartment fire at 1039 Mechanic Street. Companies arrive to find heavy fire in the 1st floor apartment of a 3-story occupied multiple dwelling (O/M/D) and stretched two lines to make a quick knock of the fire.

Command quickly struck the 2nd alarm. Firefighters remained on the scene for a few hours overhauling and hitting hot spots.

All photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Apartment    Bethlehem City   House Fire  

City of Allentown

All Hands Go To Work At Box 2521 In Center City House Fire

August 28, 2014 at 5:17PM

Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 2521 for a house fire at 130 N. 12th Street between Linden and Turner Streets at approximately 10:00 AM sending Engines 9, 4, 10, 6 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 1.

Arriving companies found a 2-story M/O/R with heavy smoke showing and fire venting out the 1st floor rear of the structure. Engine 4 went to the rear and stretched a hand line while Engines 9 and 10 took the front of the building.

Firefighters had the fire darkened down within 15 minutes. Battalion 1 held the box to all hands working on the 1st alarm assignment.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

Lehigh County

Chief Strikes The 2nd Alarm For House Fire In Western Salisbury, PA.

August 28, 2014 at 5:09PM

Chief Strikes The 2nd Alarm For House Fire In Western Salisbury, PA.

At 9:24 AM Thursday morning, Salisbury 31 was dispatched to 2833 Andrea Drive for a dwelling fire. Enroute, dispatch advised Chief 31-01 that police were on scene reporting smoke showing. With that update, the chief struck the 2nd alarm.

On arrival, the chief reported light smoke from a 2-story single family dwelling (S/F/D). Fire department members found a small basement fire. The fire was under control about 30 minutes later.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  

City of Allentown

Firefighters Make Quick Work Of A House Fire On The East Side Saturday Afternoon

August 23, 2014 at 6:28PM

Approximately 14:00 hours, Allentown 9-1-1 transmitted box 3545 for a reported house fire at 863 North Sherman Street sending Engines 13, 6, 9, 4 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43.

Engine 13 arrived to a moderate smoke condition in a 2.5-story duplex and stretched one hand line into the fire building. They darkened down the bulk of the fire immediately and started checking for fire extension. Searches came up negative.

Engine 4 operating as the designated F.A.S.T. company was released quickly after the fire was knocked. Crews used a booster line for mop up.

Red Cross was notified for housing assistance for 2 adults and 4 children.

Video and photos by Rich Rolen.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

Northumberland County

Coal Region:  2nd Alarm Fire Rips Through Single Family Home In Coal Township, PA

August 18, 2014 at 11:12PM

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.

Photos and Video by Stephen Barrett (Coal Region Fire). To see the complete photo gallery, click here.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire  

Northumberland County

Coal Region: Shamokin Firefighters Battle Third Alarm House Fire Monday Morning

August 13, 2014 at 9:39PM

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.

Tags:   3rd Alarm    House Fire  

Lehigh County

Two Alarms Transmitted For A House Fire In Lower Macungie, PA.

August 11, 2014 at 11:50PM

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.

Photos, Video and story by Mike Nester.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire  

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