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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fatal Hanover Township Fire is 1 of 4 Fires in 2 Days in the Lehigh Valley

Lehigh Valley Firefighters had a busy Sunday and Monday with 4 working fires in the area.  The busy two days ended Monday Night with a fatal fire in Hanover Township, Northampton County.  Around 2130 hrs Hanover Township Volunteer Fire Company, Northampton County PA was dispatched to the 1900 Blk of Mark Twain Circle for a working house fire. The call which was called in by a fire officer was quickly upgraded to a full box assignment with special calls for additional manpower. When crews arrived on location they were advised of entrapment on the fully involved home and attempted rescue efforts. One person was found during the search but was deceased at the scene, multiple lines and a tower ladder were placed in service to knock down the fire. Crews worked the scene for several hours, 3 firefighters were transported to a local hospital for minor injuries the fire is under investigation by local and state fire marshals.

Earlier Monday Night Whitehall Fire Department responded to a reported house fire on Schadt Ave, on arrival crews had fire conditions in the kitchen area of the home.  Once on scene crews stretched a line into the residence and put a quick knock on the fire.  The fire was determined to have started as a cooking accident and all crews released in about an hour and a half.

The busy two days started on Sunday Afternoon in Salisbury Township, Lehigh County.  Around 1330 hrs Western Salisbury Firefighters are dispatched to the 2000 Blk of Greenwood Dr for a reported dwelling fire. Right after dispatch a station 31 fire officer arrives on scene reports heavy fire showing and requests a 2nd alarm. Crews arrive on location and stretch multiple lines into the home, a water supply is quickly established as residents in the area dig out a buried fire hydrant. Crews perform searches of the home which turn up negative and put a hit on the fire in about 30 minutes. Units would remain on scene for a couple hours for overhaul and the fire is under investigation.

A couple hours after the Salisbury Fire South Whitehall got into the mix, Sunday evening when they are dispatched to the 1800 blk of Valley Forge Rd for a reported trash fire. As crews go on scene they have an active fire extending to a home and the box is filled out with a quick upgrade to a 2nd alarm. Crews stretch a line to the area of fire and knock it down making quick work of things. Command recalls the 2nd alarm assignment while crews overhauled the fire scene before releasing and going back in service.  All companies operated in tough conditions with large amounts of snow on the ground and buried hydrants and did a great job in the process.  Photo Albums of all fires can be found on our Facebook Page.

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