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city of Allentown

Firefighters battle fully-involved house fire on the south side

November 05, 2014 at 10:33AM

At 23:35 box 4437 was transmitted for the address 2406 South Law Street for a reported house fire. Engines 14, 11, 9, 6 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) and FM 45 were assigned.

BC 43 reported a working fire enroute to the scene. Engine 14 went on scene and reported a 2-story S/F/D fully involved.

Companies went in-service with their largest lines to make a quick knock on the fire. All hands went to work on arrival.

Engine 11 brought a water supply from the north and Engine 9 went to the south end and hit a plug for a water supply.

Companies remained on the scene for a few hours hitting hot spots throughout the house.

The dwelling was destroyed. Building Standards was called to the scene.

The box was held to the 1st alarm companies.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

City of Allentown

Civilian waves down patrol car and reports house fire in center city

November 04, 2014 at 9:04PM

At 11:26 a civilian waved down a patrol car to report a house fire at 218 North 5th Street. Police radioed the comm center and reported the fire. Box 2223 was then transmitted sending Engines 4, 6, 10, 11, Truck 2 (1), Battalion 43 (Hendricks) and car 48.

Arriving first, Truck 2 reports smoke showing from the rear. The battalion Chief arrives and finds fire venting out the 2nd floor windows in the rear of the 3-story duplex.

Engine 4 stretches one hand line through the front door and to the second floor to find a room and contents job.

The fire is quickly extinguished. Firefighters cut open the roof to check for extension. No injuries were reported. The fire is under investigation.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

Northampton County

Palmer Municipal Fire battles late night house fire that injures 1 firefighter

November 03, 2014 at 10:36AM

A few minutes after 23:00 Sunday, Palmer 27 was dispatched to 3200 Freemansburg Avenue (c/s Greenwood) for a reported house fire.

Chief 27 arrives and reports a fully-involved 1-story single-family-dwelling (S/F/D) and requests the F.A.S.T. from station 15.

The first due engine stretches 5 lines. The chief special-calls 1 additional engine from station 14. Members had to use caution as a live power line fell into the yard. You'll see the arcing in the video.

About an hour into the fire, the chief signals the fire out and request S.P.C.A. for 20 cats that were found alive in the basement.

1 Firefighter sustained a minor hand injury and was treated by EMS and transported to an area hospital.

Tags:   House Fire   Northampton County  

Northampton County

Diamond Fire Company social quarters destroyed in 4-alarm fire

November 02, 2014 at 7:32PM

At 12:06 Lehigh County Fire Radio answered calls for report of smoke from the Diamond Fire Company. Stations 29, 24 and EMS 67 was dispatched to 209 Washington Street for a structural fire.

Chief 29 signs on the radio and immediately transmits the 2nd alarm for a working fire at the companies social quarters located at 100 Main Street, across from the main station.

Lehigh County transmits the 2nd alarm at 12:06 sending the balance of stations 29 and 24 plus ladder 47 (Lehigh Township).

At 12:11, Chief 29 struck out the 3rd alarm as the fire vented through the roof. Lehigh County sent Engines 6-11, 9-11, Engine 714 (Palmerton), Ladder 16, Ladder 721 and Air 32-92.

The chief ordered Ladder 47 to the front of the structure, while Ladder 29 took the rear. Slatington's Ladder 24 positioned in the parking lot of the social quarters (side 4). Ladders 47 and 24 put their ladder pipes into operation to make a hit on the fire and darken down the bulk of the fire.

Tower ladders 7-21 and 16-21 were positioned on Washington Street (Side 2) and were ordered to work that side of the building. Once the water supplies were established for the ladders, in a matter of minutes the fire darkened down.

The 4th alarm was transmitted at 12:13 sending Carbon County Engine 112, Ladder 523, Northampton County Ladder 42 and Ladder 46 and Lehigh County Engine 16.

The building is well over 100 years old and was no match for this wind driven fire. The fire is under investigation.

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Warren County, NJ

Nine homeless in fire that damaged 4 row homes in New Jersey

November 01, 2014 at 3:43PM

Around 18:30 Phillipsburg Firefighters were sent to 143 Mercer Street. On arrival, they found fire venting from the front and rear of the dwelling.

The fire appeared to have started in the kitchen and quickly spread to 4 homes in the row.

4 Firefighters were injured battling the blaze.

Photos and Video by Mike Nester.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   New Jersey  

Whitehall Township

One hurt in rush hour crash on Route 22

November 01, 2014 at 3:24PM

A one car crash slowed both eastbound and westbound lanes of Route 22 at Fullerton Avenue around 16:35 hours Friday afternoon.

The driver was in cardiac arrest when emergency personnel arrived. Firefighters and Paramedics aided the victim and transported to Muhlenberg Hospital. No word on his or her condition.

The car struck the cement barrier and damaged it.

Whitehall Fire Department, Cetronia EMS and State Police assisted at the scene.

Tags:   Accident   Rescue   Whitehall, PA.