• 09/21/14 | 06:30 | 3RD ALARM | BETHLEHEM | 500 BLK OF MAIN ST | LITTLE ITALY PIZZA | WORKING FIRE IN BASEMENT OF RESTAURANT | 2 L/S/O | 20 PEOPLE DISPLACED ABOVE RESTAURANT

Northumberland County

Coal Region: Fire Destroys Former Catholic School In Mount Carmel Township, PA.

June 18, 2014 at 12:44PM

Around 23:15 hours Tuesday, Northumberland and Schuylkill County Fire Departments respond to the former St. Mary’s Roman Catholic School, at the corner of Marion Heights Highway and Melrose Street. The fire destroyed the gym and burned the roof off of the vacant school.

The rear portion of the school, which was mainly a wood structure, was used as the gym and quickly burned to the ground.

Nearby homes were threatened by the embers. The school was vacant for more than 25 years.

WNEP-TV video and story here.

Photos and video by our Coal Region correspondent Stephen Barrett. For the complete photo gallery click here.


City of Allentown

Fire Damages Rowhome In Center City Allentown

June 15, 2014 at 12:05PM

Fire Damages Rowhome In Center City Allentown

At 11:50 AM Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 2244 (6th & Gordon) for 418 N. Law Street on a reported house fire, assigning Engines 9, 6, 4, Truck 2, Engine 13 (F.A.S.T.) and Battalion 43.

Battalion 43 arrives and reports smoke showing from a 3-story Middle-of-Row dwelling (M/O/R). Engine 9 arrives and lays a supply line from Gordon Street and positions in front of the fire building. They stretch a hand line to the interior to find fire in the stairwell and walls.

Battalion 43 signals a working fire and special-calls 1 additional engine above the 1st alarm sending in Engine 10 for manpower. Engine 6 and Truck 2 members go to the rear and throw a ground ladder and cut a vent hole in the second floor roof. Interior crews knock the main body of fire and start opening up walls as they find fire in the walls between the fire building and exposure 4. A second hand line is stretched but remains dry.

A total of 3 lines were stretched and two were wet. Chief 41 was called to the scene with the arson K-9 to investigate the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

Warren County

NJ: Phillipsburg Home Damaged By Fire Tuesday Evening

June 11, 2014 at 10:37PM

Video from Phillipsburg, NJ house fire Tuesday night at 99 Sitgreaves Street. Mike Nester shot the video and photos. He wrote this about the fire:

Around 19:30 hrs Tuesday Night Alert Hook & Ladder Co. 1 'Phillipsburg Fire' and Phillipsburg Emergency Squad were dispatched to the unit block of Sitgreaves street for a reported house fire.

Crews arrived on location with heavy fire showing from the 2nd floor of a 2.5 Story Dwelling. Crews went right into a blitz attack making a quick knock on the main body of fire, however flames managed to extend to the roof and top floor of the residence.

Crews went into a defensive attack at the fire burned through the roof putting a tower ladder and several hand lines in service. Crews remained on location through the evening to make sure all fire was knocked and for the investigation

Tags:   House Fire   Warren County, NJ  

Schuylkill County

Coal Region: 3-Alarm Fire Destroys Factory In Pine Grove Monday Afternoon

June 04, 2014 at 10:43PM

Coal Region: 3-Alarm Fire Destroys Factory In Pine Grove Monday Afternoon

Flames ripped through a vacant building in Pine Grove Monday afternoon. A vacant factory on Spruce Street caught fire around 1:00 PM and went to 3-alarms.

Flames were so intense that neighboring homes and cars were damaged.

See the complete story on WNEP by clicking here.

Photos by our Coal Region correspondent Stephen Barrett. You can see more photos by clicking here.

Tags:   Schuylkill County   Structure Fire  

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PRE-ARRIVAL VIDEO:  DEADLY ACCIDENT KILLS 1 PERSON ON RT. 22 IN LEHIGH COUNTY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

May 29, 2014 at 12:27AM

** Some people find this video offensive - Please, if you do not like to see mangled cars involved in a crash - DO NOT VIEW - LEAVE THIS SITE NOW! (No bodies are shown)

At 20:25, Whitehall Rescue 5, Squad 1 and Engine 11 were sent to Rt. 22 westbound just before the Fullerton Avenue interchange for an auto extrication.

Deputy Chief Shambo arrives and reports the driver is D.O.A.

Squad 1 arrives and stretches a hand line for safety due to a fuel spill. Rescue 5 arrives and positions along side of the squad.

Fire department members stood by while State Police investigated the accident. Rt. 22 was closed at Airport Road. The highway was closed for at least 5 hours.

The video starts before the arrival of the fire department. We show the trucks approaching the scene along with close up shots of the accident scene.

Tags:   Accident   Fatality   Whitehall, PA.  

Berks County

TRAIN STRIKES TRACTOR TRAILER AT RAILROAD CROSSING IN TOPTON, PA.

May 28, 2014 at 11:53PM

UPDATED At 17:16 hours Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Topton Fire Department was dispatched to Center Avenue at the train crossing for a rail accident.

A tractor trailer was struck by a train and split into 3 pieces. The trailer was empty. The truck was off loaded at a nearby battery manufacturing plant and was hauling 43,000 pounds of batteries.

The driver of the truck was arrested for parking his truck on the tracks. He was lost and went into a nearby restaurant to get directions.

A DJI Phantom 2 Vision was used to capture the footage (no gimbal).

Tags:   Accident   Berks County