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1992
Dumpster Fire, 132 Main St (Box 22-11)

1995
Barn Fire, Railroad St (Box 24-16)

1998
Elevator Rescue, 15 S 2nd St (Box 22-11)

1999
Smoke in Structure, 8840 Route 209 (Box 24-3)
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Company 22 was dispatched to a report of smoke in the basement of Shomper's Service Station on Route 209 in Williams Township, a possible furnace malfunction. Engine and Truck 22 responded, and were instructed by command to stage at Koppy's Propane along with Engine and Squad 23. Command later placed the box in service.
2002
Structure Fire, 615 Spruce St (Box 22-1)

2003
Chimney, 140 E. Market Street (Box 24-1)

2004
Structure Fire, 436 Julian Street (Box 24-1)
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Truck 22 was dispatched to 436 Julian Street in the borough of Williamstown for a reported structure fire. Truck 22 responded with a crew of five and was staged at the intersection of Broad and Division Streets. An investigation found no fire and Command 24 placed Truck 22 in service.
2012
Medical Assist, 801 Market Street (Box 22-2)
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Companies 22 and 23 dispatched class three to 801 Market Street in Lykens to assist Hershey EMS with returning a patient to his residence. Truck 22 responded with 7 and Chief 22 and three other members responded POV. Rescue 23 responded with 5. On arrival, crews waited for a 2nd BLS unit from Medic 6 to arrive, and at that point moved the patient from the ambulance and put him back in his home. Command then placed all units available.
2016
Fuel Spill, 25 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 dispatched class three to the Shell gas station at 25 Main Street in Lykens for a fuel spill. Engine 22 responded with 5, Utility 22 with 3, and Chief 22 POV. On arrival, the crew spread 4 bags of high dry around the diesel pump area, and was then placed available by Command.
2019
Structure Fire, 132 West Broad Street (Box 24-1)
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Truck 22 dispatched class one on the 24-1 box at 132 West Broad Street in Williamstown for a structure fire. Initial box called for companies 24, 23, Schuylkill 22-11 and 22-51 along with 22. Truck 22 responded with 4. Engine 22 added on with 5 and Utility 22 with 1. EMS was reporting right after dispatch that they could see a column from Route 209. The Truck arrived and set up on the A/D corner and went to the roof to ventilate. Engine 22 approached on West Street and took a hydrant at Spruce and West and laid 5 inch up to the corner of West and Broad Streets. They pulled two hand lines that went to the C side of the structure and 5 inch was laid into the Truck and charged. Additional resources were requested when the first alarm was struck along with special calls. The single family wood frame 3 story structure was fully involved on arrival with oxygen cylinders exploding out the A side of the building. Multiple crews advanced hand lines on all floors and worked on suppression which was difficult because of the high wind conditions at the time. Crews continued in their suppression efforts for an extended period of time until control of the building was achieved. Crews began overhaul and assisting on scene until released by Command. Units on scene or standby: Dauphin County Company 19 on standby in quarters for 21 Truck 20 Engine and Rescue 21 Engine and Truck and Utility 22 Engine and Rescue 23 Engine 24 Tanker 26 Engine and Tanker 27 Rescue 28 Engine and Tanker 29 Air 35 24 EMS and QRS Schuylkill County Engine 22-11 Engine 22-15 Tanker 22-34 Engine 22-51 Rescue 67-60 Engine 66-10 Northumberland County Engine 65 Perry County Engine 2 relocated to Station 23
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


2007
Structure Fire - 8111 Route 25 - Lykens Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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At 9:45 p.m. on January 10, 2007, a fire occurred at 8111 Route 25 in Lykens Township. The Gratz fire company was dispatched, along with Engine 26 and Engine 14-10, Tankers 26, 65, and 14-30, and Squad 26. A two-story residence was found to have medium smoke conditions and a chimney fire that had extended into the second floor. The fire was quickly knocked down, and overhaul was performed to eliminate all hot spots.
2007
Rt 325 Vehicle Accident - Rush Twp, Dauphin Co, PA

2008
Accident - 75 Small Valley Road - Jefferson Twp., Dauphin Co., PA

2008
Chimney Fire - 347 Fearnot Road - Lykens Twp, Dauphin Co, PA

Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1883
Newhall House Hotel Fire - Milwaukee, WI
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Milwaukee's Newhall House, one of the state's largest hotels, burned in the early morning of January 10, 1883. The fire started in the elevator shaft and spread quickly through the old wooden structure. By the time the fire was discovered, the flames were out of control. Firemen were called out shortly before 4 a.m. They concentrated on saving lives, recognizing that the building would be lost. Herman Stauss, a volunteer firefighter, became a hero that day, when he carried a ladder to the alley and swung it from the roof of an adjacent building to a fifth floor window, across which he carried ten women to safety. A policeman rescued "General Tom Thumb" and his wife, famous entertainers who were guests of the hotel that night. About 90 people died in the fire. Many of them died when they jumped from the upper floors of the six-storey building to the alley or sidewalk below. Others died in their beds and were crushed or burned when walls and cielings collapsed on them. It wasn't until the next day after the wreckage cooled that most of the bodies were extricated.
1962
Mount Huascaran Avalanche - Peru
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On Mount Huascaran, 22,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains, the edge of a giant glacier suddenly broke apart and thundered down the mountain. The block of ice was the size of two skyscrapers and weighed approximately 6 million tons. The avalanche traveled nine-and-a-half miles in only seven minutes, wiping away nine towns and seven smaller villages. The towns of Ranrahirca and Huarascucho were buried under 40 feet of ice, mud, trees, boulders and other debris. The avalanche finally ended at the Santa River, where it stopped the water flow, causing flooding in nearby areas. Approximately 4,000 people lost their lives in the avalanche. Some bodies were carried all the way to the Pacific Ocean near Chimbote, 100 miles away. Others were buried under so much debris that their bodies were never recovered. An additional 10,000 farm animals were killed and millions of dollars in crops were destroyed.
1976
Pathfinder Hotel Fire - Fremont, NE

2005
Eyre Peninsula Bushfire - Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
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A devastating bushfire in which nine people were killed and at least 113 injured occurred on January 10, 2005. The fire began in farmland north of the town of Wangary and spread to the east. It burnt more than 358,000 acres of farm and scrubland in and around the small townships of Wangary, Wanilla, North Shields, Poonindie, Louth Bay, Greenpatch, and Yallunda Flat near Port Lincoln. Property damage included 50 homes, dozens of cars, 15 RVs, two buses, three cabins, one shop, three vans and four boats. There was also extensive damage to rural infrastructure, including water mains, power lines and telephone infrastructure. Approximately 47,000 livestock, mainly sheep, were killed by the fire or later destroyed by property owners. All fencing within the burnt area was destroyed, and about 95% of pastures destroyed. The fire was initially contained by emergency services. However, severe weather conditions on January 11, with wind speeds of 44mph and temperatures over 104?F, then caused the fire to break through containment lines. More than 400 firefighters and 80 fire apparatus combated the fire. Some residents had to be rescued from the sea by emergency services after taking refuge in the water. Eight people, including four children, died in their cars as they tried to flee the firestorm. A local schoolteacher also died when flames engulfed the Shell Museum at North Shields, near Port Lincoln. Approximately 110 were reported injured, including five who suffered serious burns. The fire was contained on January 12 after burning for two days.

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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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