Whitehall Township

Three Car Accident Closes Northbound MacArthur Road, Multiple People Injured

June 22, 2014 at 12:09AM

At 22:48 Saturday evening, Lehigh County 9-1-1 sends Engine 13, Rescue 5, Rescue 8 and EMS 62 to Rt. 145 and Center Street for the vehicle extrication. Chief officers arrive and confirm they have two trapped and 3 cars involved blocking the northbound lanes.

Police request the roadway shut down northbound at Municipal Drive. Engine 13 arrives first and stretches a precautionary hand line. EMS and fire personnel extricate the patients before the arrival of the heavy rescue companies. Deputy Chief Shambo orders the rescue companies to proceed in under reduced speed. .

At least three 4 people were transported to area hospitals with what appeared to be minor injuries.

Tags:   Accident   Rescue   Whitehall, PA.  

Northampton County

Fire Damages Home in East Allen Township And Goes To Three Alarms

June 20, 2014 at 3:30PM

At 11:48 hours, Northampton County Fire stations 46 and 45 were sent to Weaversville Road and Bullshead Road for a reported dwelling fire. Multiple callers reported seeing fire from the house.

First arriving companies were confronted with heavy fire venting out of two windows on the second floor of the two-story private dwelling.

The first arriving tanker 4531 positioned on the Weaversville Road side and hit the second floor with their deck gun to darken down some of the fire. Once the fire was darkened down, members from the engine stretched a hand line through the front door and went to the 2nd floor.

Two blitz lines were set-up on side 4 of the dwelling while crews hit the fire from the interior. A second line was stretched to the interior.

Ladder 231 positioned in the front of the house on Bulls Head Road and laddered the roof where two members cut away around the chimney to expose more fire after the bulk of the fire was knocked on the second floor and attic.

The fire damaged two rooms on the second floor and extended into the attic. Five lines were stretched and 4 were operating.

Engines and tankers from Northampton County Stations 46, 45, 47 (F.A.S.T.), 42, 43, 53, 15 and Lehigh County Station 33 were on location. Ladder Companies from 42 (Northampton) and 2 (Catasauqua) were on the scene.

No injuries were reported and everyone was out of the house prior to the fire department arriving.

Tags:   3rd Alarm    House Fire   Northampton County  

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