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1934
Multiple Structure Fire, Main Street
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At 1 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, January 2, 1934, fire was discovered by five boys playing at the rear of the Main Street buildings owned by Harry Forman, Dr. J. N. Baker, and Guy Klinger. The fire seems to have been centered midway between the three buildings. The boys, Harry Collier, Jack Messner, Bobbie Kosier, James Nutt, and Bobby Mucher ran around the corner to the Lykens hosehouse, where Harper Dunlap was on duty. He sounded the alarm. The fire soon spread under the tin and slate roofs to the three buildings, and threatened the entire business block. The Lykens firemen immediately answered the alarm and upon arrival started their difficult battle to locate and extinguish the blaze. Because of the difficult building construction, the fire was believed to be spreading, and a call for assistance was sent to nearby towns. To this call, firemen and apparatus came from Millersburg, Elizabethville, Wiconisco, and Williamstown. The four out-of-town companies set to work laying hose lines and soon had their pumpers at work, which labored considerably more than two hours throwing water on the three structures from eight hoses. In the Forman Building, the first floor occupied by the clothing store of Mr. Harry Forman, the bulk of the stock and fixtures were removed. Mr. Forman, who resided in the second floor of the building, was unable to remove any of his furniture. The greatest damage to the house furnishings was done by water. The next building in the block, owned by Dr. J. Nevin Baker, the first floor was occupied by the furniture store of Mr. Mayers Forman. The bulk of the stock was saved. On the second floor, all of the dental equipment of Dr. Baker, including a recently purchase X-Ray device, was destroyed. In the same building on the second floor, the office of Assistant District Attorney, E. LeRoy Keen, furniture, and a valuable law library were also destroyed. The Texas Restaurant, also on the first floor of the Baker building was damaged by water. In the Klinger building, the post office was housed on the first floor. All the mail and equipment was saved, and temporary quarters was established in the Leo Building on East Main Street. The bulk of the fire damage was suffered in the second floor apartment, tenanted by Mr. Harry Sitlinger, who was successful in removing part of the house furnishings. The furnishings of Mr. Klinger, who also lived in the building, were removed. Main Street was crowded with spectators, who, before the fire became dangerous, helped residents and business people in saving merchandise and personal property. The fire was fought for more than three hours, and the loss was estimated at $100,000.
1943
Chimney Fire, William O Morris

1958
Fire, Hal Messner's

1990
Accident w/inj, 600 Bl Main St (Box 22-1)

1991
Structure Fire, 2634 Powells Valley (Box 19-11)

2009
Odor Investigation, 637 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 was dispatched class three to 637 Main Street for a report of an odor inside the building. The owner of the property called Chief 22-2 to report the problem, and the chief called County dispatch to have the company dispatched. Chiefs 22 and 22-1 responded POV, Engine 22 responded with a crew of six, and Truck 22 responded with a crew of four. The Engine and Truck arrived on side-A, and crews were sent inside with the heat gun, thermal imaging camera, and CO monitor to investigate the odor. After an investigation, nothing was found, and the company cleared the scene.
2016
Structure Fire, 413 East Market Street (Box 27-1)
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Truck 22 dispatched class one on the 27-1 box for a report of sparks from a cable box at 413 East Market Street in Gratz. Truck 22 responded with 7 and Utility 22 with 4, and were canceled by command 27 shortly after leaving the Boro.
2017
AFA, 300 Chestnut Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 and 23 dispatched class one to the Alfa Laval Thermal Corp plant at 300 Chestnut Street in Lykens for an automatic fire alarm. Chief 22 responded POV and Engine 22 with 4 and Engine 23 with 3. On arrival, the Chief observed strobes going off and an audible alarm coming from the main plant, a 100 by 500 foot steel one story industrial manufacturing building. A crew from Engine 22 went interior after gaining access with the Knox key, while Engine 23 stood by the hydrant at Chestnut and Hanna Streets. A thorough search of the interior found no problems. The alarm panel was silenced and command placed the box available.
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1880
Cotton Warehouse Fire - Baltimore, MD

1963
Home Packing Company Explosion - Terre Haute, IN
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On the morning of January 2, 1963, as employees were returning from a four day holiday, an explosion occurred at the Home Packing Company, processor and distributor of the Dependable brand of ham, bacon, and lard, along the Wabash River front, in Terre Haute, Indiana. The blast destroyed one-third of the meat processing plant, located at 400 North First Street, which was a two and a half story brick building that covered about two city blocks. It crumbled walls, sent machine parts flying, and collapsed the roof and ceilings onto the employees. The blast had occurred under the loading docks, where it was suspected that natural gas had accumulated under frozen topsoil and leaked into the closed building over the holiday. The explosion left 16 people dead and hospitalized 52 others. Damage to the plant was estimated at $2 million.
1974
Argentine Pampas Fire - Buenos Aires, Argentina
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The worst fire in Arfentina's history destroyed 1.2 million acres of pampas. 3,000 square miles of the lowland's rich brushland was burned. Every resident between 15 and 50 years old was called upon to help control the fire.
2001
New Ringgold Structure Fire - New Ringgold, PA
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Shortly after 10 p.m. on January 2, 2001, a fast-moving fire broke out at 49 Ridge Road, a wooded area off Route 895 in East Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, east of the borough of New Ringgold. Firefighters from New Ringgold were met with flames and smoke coming from the home. They found a man in his 20's who had died in the fire. The blaze was extinguished within an hour but firefighters remained on scene for several hours. All that remained of the house was its shell - with one half of the roof and western wall burned away. Assisting New Ringgold firefighters were volunteers from West Penn Township, Walker Township, Orwigsburg, Deer Lake/West Brunswick Township and tanker trucks from surrounding communities. The Penn Mahoning Ambulance responded along with paramedics from the Tamaqua Community Ambulance Medic 65.

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Notes

1.The section of calls we've responded to has been compiled from fire company records, newspapers, and other sources. Listings for years prior to 1981 might be incomplete.
2.The listing of local incidents is for incidents that happened around our local area, including some from Lykens for which the fire company was not dispatched. It is certainly not a complete listing, and is not intended to be. It is included here for your entertainment. Incidents listed here have been gathered from public sources.
3.The listing of other noteworthy incidents includes incidents from anywhere outside our local area (for which we were not dispatched). Also included in this section are historical events from our fire company, Lykens, or around the world. It is certainly not a complete listing, and is not intended to be. It is included here for your entertainment. Incidents and events listed here have been gathered from public sources.
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