Mike Nester’s video above, Dan Clerico of Lehigh Valley’s Bravest in the middle and Jayson Wagner’s video at the bottom from Sunday’s two-alarm plus fire in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Before we get to the details of the fire from Bill Rohrer at Newsworking I must point you to Mike Nester’s closing shot. It’s the elevated stream seen in the image below.
At 10:30 AM Sunday morning, Allentown firefighters were dispatched to a reported house fire at 222 E. Susquehanna Street sending Engines 14, 11, 6, Truck 2 and BN 2 (Held). Engine 14, located just a couple of blocks away went responding and reported heavy smoke from the 2-story S/F/D and called it a working fire.
Engine 13 was added as the designated F.A.S.T. company. Battalion Chief Held special-called Engine 9 for manpower.
Crews attempted an interior attack, stretching multiple hand lines. At one point, it looked like crews were getting a knock on the fire. As they opened up walls and ceilings, they discovered more heavy fire.
As the fire intensified, Battalion 2 struck the 2nd alarm, sending in Engines 10 and 2011 (Eastern Salisbury). Engine 2011 relocated to the Fearless Fire Station.
As the fire began to vent through the roof, firefighters were evacuated and they went to a defensive operation. Engine 4 was special-called.
Master streams were put into service along with Squrt 6 and the ladder from Engine 11.
The fire was brought under control in a couple of hours.
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