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Raw video & radio traffic: Mayday at three-alarm Allentown, PA restaurant fire. Five firefighters hurt at Youell’s Oyster House.

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Video above by Newsworking’s Bill Rohrer from a fire early this morning at Youell’s Oyster House in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Here’s some of what Bill wrote about the fire:

Firefighters responded to a report of smoke from a restaurant at 4:20 AM today and on arrival found heavy smoke pushing from the Youell’s Oyster House at 23rd and Walnut Streets.

The fire escalated to 3 alarms. The fire consumed the entire structure. At 6:46 AM, a mayday went out when a wall collapsed on three firefighters.

Below is some of the radio traffic from Dan Clerico at You hear the mayday at the end of this video. There is more video at the bottom of this post from Jayson Wagner.


Tracy Jordan & Manuel Gamiz, The Morning Call:

A multi-alarm fire destroyed Youell’s Oyster House restaurant in the west end of Allentown early Tuesday as firefighters struggled against sub-freezing temperatures and raging flames.

Five firefighters were taken to local hospitals with injuries.


Two firefighters who entered the burning structure at 2249 W. Walnut St. suffered burns and were treated and released from St. Luke’s Hospital-Allentown. Two other firefighters were injured when an exterior wall partially collapsed on them, and one firefighter slipped on the ice rushing to their aid.


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  • dave Cranton

    I saw a LOT of work being done in the smoke, on roofs with fire blowing out and NO BREATHING APPARATUS being worn??? One guy trying to put a stream in a window, smoke got him it seemed..

  • Mack Seagrave

    Just a point of information … If you are wearing a white helmet and a Safety Officer vest you should be totally focused upon firefighter safety. That means eyes on the structure, the placement of personnel and any associated hazards. Why the Safety Officer was operating a chain saw, removing shrubs is beyond my comprehension. Speedy recovery to the injured Brothers.

  • Fire21

    Wind-driven fire…Yuck! Nighttime fire…Yuck! Fire in old, renovated structures…Yuck!

    The job has to be done, o matter how uncomfortable they are. Just do it as safely as possible…wear and use SCBA, use ladders rather than reaching out sideways. You know, that sort of thing.