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City of Allentown
3RD ALARM: FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE WIND DRIVEN FIRE AND SAVE TWO PETS IN CENTER CITY APARTMENT BUILDING
February 17, 2013 at 6:15pm
Allentown, Pa. - Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 2255 (7th & Liberty) at 12:30 PM for house fire at 509 N. 7th Street, sending Engines 9 (8), 4, 6, Truck 2 and Battalion 43. Immediately after the box was transmitted, the dispatcher found on the street video cam heavy fire in the block and sent Engine 10 as the F.A.S.T. company.
Engine 9 arrived and found heavy fire venting from the first floor window and heavy smoke pushing from the upper floors. Car 43 signaled a working fire in a 3-story Middle-of-the-Row.
At 12:38, car 43 transmitted the 2nd alarm, bringing in the balance of the box, Engine 13 (5), Engine 14, Air 1, Car 40, 46, 47 and 48. 2 hand lines were stretched into the structure while Truck 2's bucket went to the upper floors. Crews found heavy fire throughout the structure.
Crews went into exposures 2 (511) and 4 (507) to check for extension. Searches of the buildings found 2 dogs that were brought out to safety and appeared to be okay.
Crews in 507 found heat damage and worked on opening up walls.
Chief 40 (R. Scheirer) transmitted the 3rd alarm, sending the last piece of apparatus available in the city to the fire scene, Engine 11. Lehigh County Volunteer companies were moved up to cover city stations.
The Red Cross was notified for two families.
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