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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  

Lehigh County

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May 16, 2014 at 11:15PM

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Berks County

FIERY CRASH ON INTERSTATE 78 KILLS 3 - CLOSES HIGHWAY FOR HOURS

May 12, 2014 at 10:00PM

Greenwich, PA. — At 1:15 PM Monday, Berks County Station 46 and Lehigh County Stations 51 and 25 were dispatched to Interstate 78 eastbound mile marker 41.4 between Krumsville and the New Smithville exit for a crash with multiple cars, a tractor trailer and fire.

A total of 5 vehicles were involved with the tractor trailer. The Tractor trailer and at least 4 cars were burning when the fire department arrived. The highway was shut down in both directions while firefighters battled the fires and attended to victims.

A total of 3 people were killed in the aftermath. The interstate was closed past 23:00 hours while investigators worked the scene.

Video and photos by Mike Nester of NVP. You can see all of his photos here.

Tags:   Accident   Berks County   Fatality  

Lehigh County

PRE-ARRIVAL VIDEO: FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE PICK-UP TRUCK FIRE ON INTERSTATE 78

May 11, 2014 at 4:55PM

This video and photos are from Rich Rolen. He arrived before the fire department on this job just before 1:00 PM Sunday on Interstate 78 eastbound just west of the Hamilton Boulevard exit.

Upper Macungie Fire department was dispatched. Trexlertown Tanker 25-21 was first on the scene.

Tags:   Automobile Fire   Lehigh County