• 4/12/14 | 08:45 | AUTO EXTRICATION | NORTH WHITEHALL | RT. 145 AT CLEARVIEW ROAD | 2 CARS HEAD ON | 2 RESCUE COMPANIES IN-SERVICE FOR MULTIPLE PEOPLE PINNED | MEDEVAC CALLED TO SCENE

City of Allentown

FEMALE RESCUED FROM 2ND FLOOR PRONOUNCED DEAD AT SCENE OF 2-ALARM FIRE ON ADAMS ISLAND

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  


Northampton County

FATAL FIRE: 1 PERSON FOUND DEAD INSIDE BURNING HOME IN HANOVER TOWNSHIP, PA

February 18, 2014 at 2:13AM

Approximately 21:35 hours Monday night, Hanover Township Northampton County Fire was sent to 1930 Mark Twain Circle for a house fire with entrapment.

Command quickly upgraded the tactical box to a full 1st alarm bringing with it multiple fire companies from surrounding municipalities. Catasauqua Rescue 2 was the designated F.A.S.T. company.

First arriving members found a victim inside the dwelling but was D.O.A. Companies stretched multiple hand lines. The fire went defensive almost immediately. Hanover Tower Ladder 15-21 was put into service with its elevated master stream.

Companies remained on scene for over 4 hours dousing the flames. The Coroners office was on the scene. At the time of this writing, one person was confirmed dead and until firefighters can get in the fire building to do a thorough search, it will be unknown if other people were inside the home.

Tags:   Fatality   House Fire   Northampton County  


City of Easton

TRIPLE FATAL FIRE:  3 DEAD IN SPRING GARDEN STREET FIRE EARLY MONDAY MORNING

September 30, 2013 at 2:39AM

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.

Tags:   Easton City, PA   Fatality   House Fire  


Northampton County

MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN CRASH ON SCHOENERSVILLE ROAD

September 11, 2013 at 11:59AM

MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN CRASH ON SCHOENERSVILLE ROAD

Hanover, Pa. - Hanover Station 15 responded to the intersection of Stoke Park and Schoenersville Road around 22:20 hours Tuesday night for a motorcycle accident.

William Valentin, 22, of Upper Saucon Township was killed after his bike collided with a PT Cruiser. He was rushed to the trauma center where he was later pronounced dead.

William was a member of the Coopersburg Volunteer Fire Department in Lehigh County. The crash was ruled an accident.

Photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Accident   Fatality   Northampton County  


Lehigh County

FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE MAN FROM POND BUT LATER DIES FROM HIS INJURIES

September 02, 2013 at 6:14PM




North Whitehall, Pa. -Just before 15:30 Monday afternoon, rescue workers and divers were dispatched to the Grouse Hall Pond at 3335 Levans Road for a 40 year-old male that fell into the pond. Rescue workers successfully found the man under water and pulled him from the pond before emergency divers arrived. They performed CPR on him before rushing him to the back of the awaiting ambulance. He died from his injuries.

Fire Station 22, EMS 67 and Whitehall Township Dive Team were on the scene.

Tags:   Fatality   Lehigh County   Water Rescue  


City of Allentown

MAN KILLED WHEN CAR HITS TREE ON M.L.K. DRIVE

August 08, 2013 at 7:50PM

MAN KILLED WHEN CAR HITS TREE ON M.L.K. DRIVE

Allentown, Pa. - Late Wednesday night a car drove off Martin Luther King Drive just west of the hump bridge and struck a tree on the bank of the Little Lehigh Creek.

The call came into the 9-1-1 center as a car into the water. Engines 10. 9. 11, the boat and the dive team were sent to the location. Police arrived and requested the fire department to expedite.

The man was pinned in the vehicle and died result of his injuries. He was identified as a 52 year-old man from Lower Macungie Township.

Photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Accident   Allentown    Fatality  


City of Allentown

HOMICIDE:  BOY GUNNED DOWN AND KILLED IN CENTER CITY.  POLICE INVESTIGATE BLOODY SCENE

August 06, 2013 at 1:27AM

HOMICIDE:  BOY GUNNED DOWN AND KILLED IN CENTER CITY.  POLICE INVESTIGATE BLOODY SCENE

Allentown, Pa. - Police and EMS responded to a report of a shooting around 23:50 Monday night on Oak Street in the area of North 10th Street.

When police arrived, they found a person down in the middle of Oak Street just east of tenth. EMS placed a blanket over the bloody body. Police now say it was a 16 year-old boy who was murdered.

Lehigh County Coroners office and the District Attorneys office were also called to the scene.

A man and a women arrived later and the women was screaming she wanted to see her son.

Police placed a person of interest in the back of a police car. It is unknown what role this man played in the shooting.

Top two photos by Mike Nester of N.V.P.

Tags:   Allentown    Fatality   Police   Shooting  


City of Bethlehem

TREE-TRIMMING CONTRACTOR KILLED IN ACCIDENT WHILE CLEARING TREE’S FROM POWER LINES

July 27, 2013 at 11:03PM

Bethlehem, Pa. - Approximately 09:40 hours Saturday morning workers from the Asplundh Tree-trimming Company contracted by PPL was clearing tree branches from high power lines on the D&L trail in Bethlehem about 200 yards west of the Minsi Trail Bridge when the boom of the truck struck a power line causing two trucks to catch fire.

Two workers were electrocuted and a third was found by a co-worker in the Lehigh River.

The firefighters had trouble accessing the area because of the heavy fire conditions and downed live power lines.

A co-worker had to rescue the man out of the water and was not breathing. Workers administered CPR while EMS figured out how to gain access. It was unknown if he had jumped from the bucket or fell out. No one was in the bucket while it was burning.

PPL was requested to the scene forthwith to shut power down.

Photos and Video by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Automobile Fire   Brush Fire   Fatality  


City of Bethlehem

MAN SHOT TO DEATH IN BETHLEHEM SATURDAY NIGHT

June 30, 2013 at 10:59AM

MAN SHOT TO DEATH IN BETHLEHEM SATURDAY NIGHT

Bethlehem, Pa. - Approximately 22:30 Saturday night Police, Fire and EMS respond to the area of 8th Avenue and Union Blvd. for a report of a shooting.

Emergency personnel find the victim, a 21 year old male, at 744 8th Avenue with a gunshot wound to the back. EMS transport the male to the St. Lukes Trauma Center where he died of his injuries.

Police were in the alley between 7th and 8th Avenues investigating the scene as well as the house at 744 8th Avenue.

Photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Bethlehem City   Fatality   Shooting  


City of Allentown

FATAL FIRE: FIREFIGHTERS FIND MAN INSIDE SMOKE FILLED HOME ON THE EAST SIDE

June 19, 2013 at 9:47PM

FATAL FIRE: FIREFIGHTERS FIND MAN INSIDE SMOKE FILLED HOME ON THE EAST SIDE

Allentown, Pa. - Box 3429 was transmitted at 20:00 hours for a house fire at 847 N. Jerome Street sending Engines 13 (5), 6, 9, Truck 2, Battalion 43 and Engine 14 (F.A.S.T.).

When companies arrived they had smoke showing from the roof and stretched one line to the interior. Primary searches of the 1-story S/F/D found one man deceased in the bathroom. The Medic unit responded but it was to late. It is believed the person was dead before the fire.

The fire was quickly extinguished. The fire was possibly caused by an electric cooking appliance. The Fire Marshal's office and the Lehigh County Coroner along with the Police Department are investigating the fire.

Tags:   Allentown    Fatality   House Fire