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Whitehall Township

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Citizen Extinguishes Fire To Save House Before The Arrival Of Firefighters

June 27, 2014 at 7:06PM

At 18:00 Friday, Lehigh County Fire Radio transmitted the box for 3006 North 5th Avenue for a reported dwelling fire sending Engines 3, 13, 4, 14, 6 Truck and Rescue 8 under the command of Car 16 (Benner).

A gas can was on fire in the driveway near the garage. As the fire started to extend into the structure, a civilian armed with an extinguisher attacked the fire then went inside the garage to hit a small pocket fire inside garage.

The fire for the most part was extinguished before the arrival of the fire department.

First due Squrt 3 arrived and stretched a hand line as a precaution and to hit some hot spots that remained. Engine 4 dropped a supply line from a hydrant a block away at 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue. The engine crew from 4 stretched a dry line to the garage. A supply line was brought off the back of the squrt and connected to a hydrant behind them at 5th and Chestnut.

2 vehicles in the garage sustained damage in the fire. The garage structure also sustained minor damage. No injuries were reported.

Fire officials told Newsworking the homeowner was trying to fill a lighter in the garage, possibly igniting the fire.


Northampton County

LIGHTNING STRIKE CAUSES FIRE AT CHURCH IN LEHIGH TOWNSHIP

June 26, 2014 at 2:32AM

LIGHTNING STRIKE CAUSES FIRE AT CHURCH IN LEHIGH TOWNSHIP

Minutes before 2:00 AM Thursday morning, Lehigh Township and Walnutport Fire are sent to Bethany Wesleyan Church at 675 Blue Mountain Drive in the Cherryville section of Lehigh Township.

Companies arrive to find a fire in the peak of the roof that was sparked by a lightning strike. An employee of the church discovered the fire and called the fire department.

Lehigh Township's Engine stretched 1 hand line while Walnutport's Ladder 29 went to the roof to cut a hole in the peak of the roof. The small fire was contained to that area of the roof. A light smoke condition filled the interior of the building.

Apparatus from Northampton Borough, Slatington and Laurys Station assisted at the scene. Ladder Companies from Walnutport, Northampton and Slatington also responded.

The fire was under control by 2:45 AM.

No injuries were reported.


City of Allentown

SUV RUNS THROUGH FRONT OF RESTAURANT IN CITY’S WEST END TUESDAY EVENING

June 25, 2014 at 5:03PM

An 80-year-old man drove his SUV through the front of Boston Market at 385 South Cedar Crest Boulevard around 7:15 PM Tuesday.

He struck a female who was transported to the hospital. The driver of the SUV was detained and transported by police to the DUI center to be tested for intoxication.

Video and photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Accident   Allentown   

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.