Lehigh County

Dive Units From Surrounding Municipalities Search Lehigh River For Report Of Jumper

August 13, 2014 at 10:01PM

Wednesday afternoon, Rescuers were dispatched to the Lehigh River under the Coplay / Northampton Bridge for a report of a jumper. An eyewitness said a person jumped from the middle of the bridge and was faced down on the river rocks.

Multiple agencies launched boats in search of the victim. The search continued well into the evening. Rescuers searched the river from the Coplay bridge to the Race Street bridge in Catasauqua.

As of late Wednesday night, no victim was located.

Video and photos used with permission by Rich Rolen (LVBN).

Tags:   Lehigh County   Water Rescue  

Northumberland County

Coal Region: Shamokin Firefighters Battle Third Alarm House Fire Monday Morning

August 13, 2014 at 9:39PM

On August 11th at 09:25 the Shamokin Fire Departments and AREA EMS were dispatched to a house fire in Shamokin. The fire was located at 128 South Vine Street of the 5th Ward section of Shamokin.

Shamokin Engine 11 arrive first on the scene is to find a 2-1/2 story duplex with fire in its kitchen. The Shamokin Assistant Fire Chief then quickly had the second alarm dispatched to the scene at 09:34 hours.

Additional fire companies from Mount Carmel Township, Mount Carmel, Kulpmont and Coal Township where then dispatch to the fire. Firefighters used large hose lines and deck guns to attack the fire in a defensive mode. Firefighters enter the home with hose lines to knock down the fire in the rear of the first floor.

The fire made its way into the walls and traveled to the common attic area. The fire quickly jumped to the exposure home on the Delta side and took over the attic. Firefighters enter exposure home with additional hose lines to stop the fire extension.

Shamokin Ladder 32 and Mount Caramel Ladder 2 deployed their ground ladders to the burning building. Firefighters then gained access to the roof to vent the attic area. In minutes the fire vented from the roof and windows of the exposure home.

Firefighters were evacuated and the third alarm was brought to the fire scene. Firefighters use their portable monitors in front of the home in a defensive mode. The fire in the attic was knocked down to allow firefighters to re-enter the two homes.

It took over an hour to properly overhaul and extinguished all the hot spots. The Second and Third alarm fire units were released from the scene after 13:00 hours, but the City units remained on the scene till 15:00 hours.

The fires rekindled on the second floor prior to 18:00 hours and had to be re-extinguished by the firefighters. The fire chief believes the fire started in the kitchen and may have been accidental. The two families have been displaced and are receiving the assistance of the American Red Cross.

Video, photos and story by S. Barrett. Check out his photo gallery of this fire by clicking here.

Tags:   3rd Alarm    House Fire  

Lehigh County

Two Alarms Transmitted For A House Fire In Lower Macungie, PA.

August 11, 2014 at 11:50PM

Crews were dispatched around 1800 hours to the 6500 blk of Sauterne Drive for a reported house fire. First arriving officer calls the working fire seconds after dispatch with heavy fire showing.

As crews start making an attack the 2nd alarm was struck for heavy fire conditions. Members are evacuated from the structure and master streams are placed in service as the roof gives way to intense flames.

Once the fire is darkened down interior crews go back to work knocking the bulk of the fire down with in the first hour.

Crews remain on scene for a couple hours making sure all fire is extinguished.

Photos, Video and story by Mike Nester.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire  

Northampton County

Garage Damaged During Afternoon Fire In Lehigh Township, PA.

August 11, 2014 at 10:13AM

Just after 2:30 PM Sunday, Lehigh Township was dispatched to 579 South Cottonwood Road for a report of a garage fire attached to a dwelling. Chief 47-51 (Hildebrand) reported a smoke column while responding and had the 1st alarm assignment filled out.

Firefighters made a quick knock on the fire and prevented the fire from spreading to the adjoining dwelling. A deck attached to the garage was a total loss and the garage itself was heavily damaged.

Lehigh County

Pre-Arrival Video:  Fully Involved Van Fire On Interstate 78 In Upper Saucon, PA.

August 10, 2014 at 10:24PM

Upper Saucon Volunteer Fire Department arrived to find this van fully involved and made a knock on it stretching one line, the Interstate was closed for about an hour while crews extinguished the flames. Video and Story by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Automobile Fire   Lehigh County  

Lehigh County

Wrong Way Driver Causes Multiple Accidents On Route 22 Saturday Night

July 27, 2014 at 12:44AM

Just before 23:00 hours, Lehigh County Fire Dispatch sent Station 32 to Rt. 22 Westbouind between 15th Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard for multiple accidents. One accident at mile marker 319 had two people trapped in two separate vehicles.

Chief 32 (Held) special-called an additional rescue to assist Rescue 11-41 and an additional engine from Upper Macungie 56.

A dark colored pick up truck was traveling east in the westbound lanes from Cedar Crest Boulevard causing multiple accidents.

Tags:   Accident   Lehigh County   Rescue