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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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