Allentown, Pa. -Box 3232 was transmitted at 23:33 for a report of a fire in an apartment building with people trapped in apartments at 285 East Union Street (S. Carlisle St.) sending Engines 13, 6, 9, 14 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43 (Henrick).
43 arrives and reports fire showing from the second floor of a 2-story multiple dwelling. Engine 13 brings water to the fire from the plug at S. Carlisle and E. Union Streets and stretched 1 hand line to the top floor.
Engine 9 crew under the command of Lt. James Kutz throws a ground ladder to the second floor window and rescues 3 tenants from the apartment. Battalion 43's Aide rescues 1 tenant from the 1st floor.
Companies stretching to the second floor find heavy fire in a laundry room located at the front of the building. The fire quickly darkens down.
Truck 2 flies the bucket to the roof and cuts a vent hole.
All the tenants rescued were not injured and EMS did not transport anyone.
Battalion 43 special-calls one additional engine on top of the 1st alarm. Engine 4 is dispatched as the additional company.
Red Cross assisted the tenants. All utilities were shut off to the building therefore the tenants had to be relocated for the evening.
Slatington, Pa. - At 01:00 hours Wednesday morning, Lehigh County stations 24 and EMS 67 were dispatched to 1227 Main Street near Grove Street for an auto extrication.
Chief 24-02 (Nicholas) arrives on location and reports 1 person heavily entrapped under the dash with poles and wires down and requested Walnutport Rescue 29 and the helicopter put on stand-by.
Rescue crews from Slatington and Walnutport worked for 90 minutes cutting away the car to free the victim. The driver's legs were trapped under the dashboard. Once free, the ambulance transported the patient to an awaiting PennStar Helicopter at the Borough pool.
Station 16 (Neffs) was called in to cover the Slatington Fire Station but was later called to the scene to help rotate through exhausted rescue workers.
Crews remained on the scene while police conducted their investigation.
Photos and video by our correspondent Mike Nester.
Whitehall, Pa. - Just before 08:00 hours, Whitehall Fire, Cetronia EMS and Whitehall Police responded to the 200 block of 5th Street Between Fairmont Avenue and Florida Avenue for a injury accident with roll-over.
Police arrived and reported 1 person that needed to be extricated from the over-turned SUV.
The SUV slammed into a few parked cars on the west side of the street (southbound) and over-turned on its side. Firefighters removed the windshield and the roof to remove the occupant.
Whitehall Rescue 8, 5 and Engine 1 were on location.
North Whitehall, Pa. - The time was 10:30 PM when a call went out for Lehigh County Stations 12 (Laurys Station) and EMS 67 for a wreck with injuries on Rt. 145 near Neffs Laurys Road. Moments later, fire dispatchers transmitted a full rescue box for the same address sending Rescue 22 (Schnecksville), Rescue 47 (Lehigh Twp.) and 16 (Neffs) for a full response.
A fire officer on the scene radioed comm center and reported 1 male heavily pinned and at least 6 patients. All rescue companies went in-service with tools including cutters and spreaders to cut the man out of his red car.
The man, Ronald Toribio, of Whitehall was southbound when he crossed the yellow line and struck a car going northbound. That car had two females in it and they were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
PennStar (medical helicopter) was dispatched but when they were airborne, they aborted the flight because of fog.
It took over 30 minutes to free the man from the mangled car. He was rushed to a local trauma center by ambulance and succumbed to his injuries a few hours later. A total of 3 victims were involved in the accident, not 6 as stated in the beginning phases of this incident.
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating.
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Northampton, Pa. - At 22:23 hours Northampton Borough Fire 42, EMS 49, North Catasauqua Fire 43 and Police respond to a report of an accident with entrapment in the 400 block of East 4th Street.
Fire officials arrive and report a car on its roof with a male trapped inside. Northampton Ladder 42 arrives and puts numerous tools in-service, including spreaders and cutters. North Catasauqua Firefighters assisted at the scene.
Crews cut two doors off the car in order to free the man. He was taken to St. Lukes Hospital by Northampton Regional EMS.
The car struck two parked vehicles before coming to a rest on its roof.
Allentown, Pa. - Friday morning, Allentown Animal Control Officer was involved in an accident at 6th and Walnut Streets. Engines 4, 9, Truck 2 and Battalion 43 (Wehr) responded along with EMS and Police.
Police arrived and confirmed the driver was pinned. Rescue workers put their tools in-service and cut the roof off the truck to get the officer out. They worked about 30 minutes to free him.
EMS transported him to a local hospital. Photos and video by Correspondent Mike Nester.
Catasauqua, Pa - Catasauqua Police were dispatched to a report of a car crash with unknown injuries on Race Street at Railroad Street around 5:40 AM Saturday morning. On arrival, they found a car into a utility pole with 4 occupants inside and trapped. They requested the Fire Department and EMS to the scene immediately.
Catasauqua Rescue 2 and EMS 75 were dispatched. Cetronia EMS 62 and a Whitehall Rescue company was requested by command. The impact was so severe that the utility pole ended up in the driver's seat. The force of that impact was fatal to the driver, who remained pinned until the tow truck removed the car from the pole.
Another passenger also suffered fatal injuries from the force of the impact. Two other passengers were transported to area hospital's with unknown injuries.
Police say the people killed in the crash are were both 18 and a male and female. Police have identified the occupants of the vehicle: Thomas Bono, 18, of Bath Avenue in Catasauqua and a passenger, Jaenis Delos Santos, 18 also of Bath Avenue were killed in the crash. Two passengers, Aaron Machado, 21, of 22nd Street in Allentown and Paige Esterly, 17, also of Allentown were taken to St. Luke's Bethlehem for treatment of injuries.
With 50+ feet of skid marks prior to impact, speed appeared to play a factor in the accident. Numerous liquor bottles were strewn about the roadway, some empty, some with liquor left in them. Toxicology tests will be done to see if Alcohol played a role in this accident.
Washington Township, Pa. - Around 7:00 PM, Fire and EMS were sent to I-476 Northbound near mile marker 68.4 between Friedens Road and Main Street for a report of a crash with car fire, a female pinned in one car and explosions. The 9-1-1 Center was receiving multiple phone calls about the accident.
Rescue 2941 (Walnutport) transmitted a working car fire upon arriving. Command reported 4 vehicles involved and confirmed one dead at the scene and requested the Coroner to respond.
Both lanes of the Turnpike were closed while the accident scene was cleaned up and investigated. Traffic was at a standstill for miles. The accident is located south of the tunnel.
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