07/26/14 | 16:25 | 2ND ALARM | SOUTH WHITEHALL | MAUCH CHUNK ROAD AND STANLEY AVENUE | TRUCK FIRE : : 07/26/14 | 11:00 | CATASAUQUA | 3RD ALARM | 725 CRANE ST | FIRE IN A 2.5-STORY DUPLEX | 5 L/S/O | VIDEO PHOTOS AND STORY COMING SOON....
Mike Nester shot this video and photos Thursday evening of this house fire at 53 Victory Lane in Nazareth Borough. This is what he wrote about the fire:
"Late Thursday evening Northampton County 911 dispatches Fire crews to the unit block of Victory Lane for a reported house fire. As crews go responding the smoke is visible from their stations and the call is quickly called a working fire. Crews put multiple lines and master streams in service before making entry to finish off the well advanced fire.
During the fight neighbors gathered to watch the home built by race car Driver and Owner Mario Andretti go up in flames. Fire crews made an aggressive attack after evacuating the structure putting a quick stop to the fire. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation"
At 17:22 Lehigh County received a report of an odor of smoke inside the Perkins Restaurant at 1450 MacArthur Road and sent Stations 36, 37 and Squirt 3 (3831).
Chief 16 (Benner) arrives and reports fire showing from a 1-story restaurant and special-calls station 39. Assistant Chief Monahan adds Catasauqua Ladder 231 to the special-call. Command finds heavy fire in the roof area of the building.
Engine 1 arrives and stretches a hand line into operation. The second due engine, Engine 2 brings a water supply line in from a hydrant on MacArthur Road in front of the Best Buy store.
Squirt 3 positions in front of the building and goes into service with their elevated master stream.
With the fire rapidly extending, command strikes the 2nd alarm. Lehigh County Fire Radio transmits the 2nd alarm at 17:34 sending Whitehall Engine 14, Rescue 5 for the R.I.T., Han-Le-Co Ladder 33 and Air unit 3292.
Engine 11 brings water from a hydrant on Estates Drive and positions on the south side of the building. Ladder 231 positions on the west side of the building and crews go to the roof to ventilate but the roof was compromised so they were ordered off the roof.
The bulk of the fire was darkened down by 18:00 hours and crews remained on the scene overhauling for the next couple of hours. All companies cleared the scene by 20:50.
One firefighter was injured and transported to L.V.H.C. with a minor injury.
Cetronia EMS provided numerous ambulances at the scene.
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