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City of Allentown

Firefighters Make Quick Work Of A House Fire On The East Side Saturday Afternoon

August 23, 2014 at 6:28PM

Approximately 14:00 hours, Allentown 9-1-1 transmitted box 3545 for a reported house fire at 863 North Sherman Street sending Engines 13, 6, 9, 4 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43.

Engine 13 arrived to a moderate smoke condition in a 2.5-story duplex and stretched one hand line into the fire building. They darkened down the bulk of the fire immediately and started checking for fire extension. Searches came up negative.

Engine 4 operating as the designated F.A.S.T. company was released quickly after the fire was knocked. Crews used a booster line for mop up.

Red Cross was notified for housing assistance for 2 adults and 4 children.

Video and photos by Rich Rolen.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

Whitehall Township

Helmet Cam:  Firefighters Respond To Car Fire On Route 22

August 19, 2014 at 9:41PM

Monday night around 23:30 hours Whitehall Fire Department responded for a working car fire on Route 22 eastbound at Route 145. This video shows footage from a camera attached to a firefighters helmet. The fire was out within a few minutes. The Whitehall fire investigation team was dispatched to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. EMS was dispatched for a person with burns to their arm.

Video by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Automobile Fire   Helmet Cam   Whitehall, PA.  

Northumberland County

Coal Region:  2nd Alarm Fire Rips Through Single Family Home In Coal Township, PA

August 18, 2014 at 11:12PM

On Friday August 15, 2014 at 13:25 hours the Coal Township Fire Department (Maine, Forrest Hills, East End, and Brady Fire Companies,) Coal Township Rescue Squad and AREA EMS were dispatched to 140 Lower Excelsior Road in Coal Township for a house fire. The fire was reported to be just off of Route 901 in the Village of Excelsior. The home owner reported to the 911 call taker that her dryer was on fire in her home.

AREA EMS arrived in minutes and found smoke and flames coming from the first floor rear porch windows of the home. The fire continued to spread quickly and began to move to the second floor and attic. EMS personnel reported that all residents escaped the flames and exited the burning home.

The Coal Township Fire Chief arrived on scene and then requested the second alarm be dispatched. The fire was quickly advancing in to a fast moving fire in a large single home. The second alarm brought Shamokin Ladder 32, Shamokin Rescue 62 (RIT), Shamokin Liberty Engine 21 and the remaining of the Coal Township Fire Department. Brady Engine 151 was on scene first and established a water supply from a hydrant near the Route 901 highway. The crew deployed a number of hose lines and made an offensive attack to stop the fire. The East End Fire Company Engine 121 connected a Humat valve to the hydrant and pressurized the supply line. Shamokin Liberty Engine 21 drafted from a portable pond and provided additional volume to the supply line to Engine 151.

The Incident Command then assigned the additional arriving Coal Township and Shamokin Fire units to back up the first in companies in fighting the house fire. Additional arriving fire fighters assisted the first in engine crews in stretching a hose lines to the rear of the residence. The deck guns from Engine 111 and Engine 151 were placed into service operating in a defensive mode. The multiple number of exterior hose line helped to knocked down the fire in the rear.

Shamokin Ladder 32, Shamokin Rescue 62, and Coal Township Rescue 193 staged a block south west of the home and sent its crew to the front of the home. Ladder 32 crew deployed a number of ground ladders around the home. A vertical ventilation crew was sent to the roof to cut vent holes. The additional firefighting crews backed up the first attack crews by operating additional hose lines. The Rescue 62 Crew proceeded to Side Alpha and provided RIT operations.

The fire conditions in the home worsen and later caused all interior crews to evacuate. Large flames burned through the roof of the home causing extreme dangerous risk of collapse. The interior attack crews redeployed outside the home and operated exterior hose lines on the fire. Engine 151 placed its deck gun into service and targeted the windows of the upper floors. Incident Command decided that more water was needed for the defensive operations and extinguishing the fire. He then had additional tankers from Beaverdale, Wilburton, East Cameron Township, and Ralpho Township brought to the fire scene. Ralpho Township Engine 294 established a refill site at a shopping plaza a few miles away. Route 901 was shut down to traffic by fire place during the majority of the incident.

In an hour the smoke and fire conditions in the home improved and allow attack crews to re-enter the home with hose lines. The firefighting crews had the fire under control in less than three hours and without any major further incident. Forest Hills Engine 161 Tele-Squirt was placed into service for the first time and finished the job extinguishing the stubborn fire.

The fire investigator believes the fire started in the first floor kitchen in clothes dryer and traveled to the second floor. The assistant fire chief reported that there were no major injuries to residents or fire fighters. The large home received major fire damage and will be required to be torn down. Three Shamokin fire fighters escaped injury when the rear roof collapsed into the yard. AREA EMS personnel stood by and provided REHAB to the fire fighters.

Photos and Video by Stephen Barrett (Coal Region Fire). To see the complete photo gallery, click here.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire  

City of Allentown

Elderly Female Killed After Cars Strikes Her At Popular Restaurant

August 17, 2014 at 8:35PM

Elderly Female Killed After Cars Strikes Her At Popular Restaurant

Around 18:30 hours Sunday evening, Allentown Fire Radio transmitted rescue box 2547 for 1725 Chew Street at the Ritz for an auto extrication. Arriving on location, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) found a car against the restaurant wall with a body of an elderly female pinned between the car and building. A medic on the scene pronounced her D.O.A.

Additional medic units were requested for three additional patients who were all transported to Saint Lukes Allentown with minor injuries. Engine 9 remained on the scene while the battalion chief and the other equipment were released and returned to quarters.

The driver of the car, an elderly male, accidentally put the car in reverse instead of drive and backed into the building.

The accident is under investigation by the Allentown Police Department.

First four photos by Photographer Dennis Wetherhold Jr. and the bottom photo by Photographer Mike Nester of NVP.

Tags:   Accident   Allentown    Fatality  

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