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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  

City of Allentown

AERIAL VIDEO:  FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE 2ND ALARM FIRE IN COMMERCIAL BUILDING ON THE EAST SIDE

May 26, 2014 at 8:44PM

At 16:03 Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 3466 for 1302 North Irving Street on a structural fire sending Engines 13, 6, 4, 9, Truck 2 (Truck 1), and Battalion 43 (P. Atiyeh).

Engine 13 arrives and reports a working fire. Shortly after arriving, interior crews pulled out due to the heavy fire conditions being encountered.

Battalion 43 arrives and transmits a 2nd alarm for a fire in a 1-story 35 x 80 commercial building that housed a violin business. Engines 14 and 11 respond on the 2nd alarm.

It was imperative to protect the exposure on side 4 - a 1-story 80 x 80 attached carpet business. Tower Ladder 2 and Engine 11 (quint) was set up on side 2 of the building utilizing the ladder pipes. Hose lines were positioned on the roof of exposure 4. Large lines with smooth bore tips were used on the ground.

The companies worked hard and kept the fire from extending to the carpet business. The roof of the main fire building collapsed as you will see in the video. High winds helped spread the fire throughout the roof area.

The fire burned for over two hours before getting it under control.

The video was shot using a DJI Phantom Vision with no gimbal attached. The Phantom worked well in the high winds. No audio - the Phantom Vision camera has no mic.

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The video below is ground video shot by Mike Nester of NVP


Tags:   2nd Alarm   Allentown    Structure Fire  

City of Allentown

FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO THE OLD SEARS STORE ON 7TH STREET FOR A REPORT OF A FIRE

May 21, 2014 at 9:58AM

FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO THE OLD SEARS STORE ON 7TH STREET FOR A REPORT OF A FIRE

At 10:18 Allentown transmitted box 2265 (7th & Allen) for a report of a fire in a vacant building at 602 North 7th Street sending Engines 6, 4, 9, Truck 2, Battalion 43, FM 45 and Engine 13 as the F.A.S.T. company.

Engine 4 arrives on location and reports a fire in the window of a vacant 100 x 250 building. Paper covering the inside of the windows was on fire from sparks dropping down from a welders torch on the second floor.

When crews made entry, they called for police to assist as members from Engine 4 heard people on the floor above them, and weren't sure if they had permission to be on the property.

Engine 9 positioned behind 4 on 7th Street and pulled a supply line from Engine 4 to a hydrant at the corner of 7th and Allen.

Once the crew gained access to the second floor, they used a water can to extinguish some hot spots. The box was held to the 1st alarm assignment.

The building was recently used as a pharmacy. In the 80's it was a fabric store and in the 1960's it was a Sears department store. The building is fenced off now and appears to be in the midst of renovations or being prepped for demolition.

Tags:   Allentown    Structure Fire  

City of Allentown

BATTALION CHIEF USES ALL HANDS FOR FIRE IN A 3-STORY FACTORY

May 21, 2014 at 7:41AM

BATTALION CHIEF USES ALL HANDS FOR FIRE IN A 3-STORY FACTORY

At 07:10 Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 3122 (3rd & Linden) for a report of a fire at 315 Linden Street sending Engines 6, 4, 9, Truck 2, Battalion 43, FM 45 and Engine 13 (F.A.S.T.).

Companies arrive to a 100 x 200 foot 3 and 4-story U-shaped factory with smoke showing and the sprinkler system activated on the Linden Street side of the building. This wing of the building is 3-1/2 stories in height. Engine 9 hooks into a hydrant on Linden Street and crews stretch a 1.75 inch hand line to the 1st floor. Battalion 43 puts all hands to work. Members find a fire in a room that was being held in check by the sprinkler system.

Crews went to the 2nd and 3rd floors to open up walls and floors to check for extension. A second hand line was stretched from Engine 9 but remained dry. Members hit some hot spots while opening up but the bulk of the fire was out upon arrival due to the sprinkler activation.

The city building inspector was called to the scene. The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. The box was held to the 1st alarm assignment.

Tags:   Allentown    Structure Fire