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1961
Fire, 315&frac12; Market Street
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On the night of January 14, 1961, fire of undetermined origin caused extensive damage to the bedroom and hall of the apartment of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lower and their five children, located to the rear of 315 Market Street on North First Street. The fire was confined to the bedroom, which was completely gutted. Smoke damage was caused to the hall and upstairs apartment occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Long and family. The fire presumably started in the children's bedroom. Liberty Hose Company No. 2 responded to the alarm, and although hampered by smoke, prevented the fire from spreading. Fire Chief Elwood Miller estimated the damages at approximately $2,000, which was covered by insurance. The building owned by Mr. and Mrs. Lower was originally the Kissinger Hosiery Mill before being converted to the two-family apartment house.
1996
Wires Down, 417 Main St (Box 22-11)

1996
Building Collapse, Rear 561 S. 2nd St (Box 22-11)
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Having just backed into Station-22 from the previous call, crew members heard a loud rumbling sound, and looked across the street to a one-story wooden garage located in the alley behind the Adams residence on South Second Street. The garage, under the weight of a heavy snowfall, collapsed into the alley. After searching the site, no injuries were found and only an old car was located within the structure. The crew cordoned off the area and went available.
2005
Structure Fire, 1018 E. Grand Ave (Box S.C.)
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Truck-22 was dispatched to Tower City for a kitchen fire. Muir Chief-650 arrived on scene and requested a second alarm, bringing in Engine-22 as well as numerous mutual aid companies. Truck-22 responded with a crew of five, pulled ground ladders, and ventilated the structure. The Engine-22 crew assisted on scene. Lengthy overhaul took place before units were released.
2005
Rekindle, 1018 E. Grand Ave. (Box S.C.)
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Truck-22 was dispatched to the location of the day's earlier fire. The truck responded with a crew of five and upon arrival was canceled and placed in service.
2005
Structure Fire, 675 N. Market St, Mbg. (Box 20-1)
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A commercial structure fire in the old Nelson's Beer Distributer building in Millersburg was dispatched. Numerous calls reported heavy fire showing, and Chief-20 requested an additional truck. Truck-22 responded with a crew of five to assist companies 20, 29, 21, and 26. While enroute, Chief-20 requested that Truck-22 relocate to his station. The truck crew and five additional members stood by at Station-20 along with Engine 29-1 from Halifax until released by command.
2005
Set up LZ for Life Lion, L & W Ballfield (Box 23-1)
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While Engine-23 was relocated at Station-21 standing by during an incident in Millersburg involving numerous other companies, including Truck-22, Engine-22 was requested to replace them to set up a landing zone for Life Lion at the L & W Ballfield in Wiconisco. EMS requested aero medical support for a patient from Williamstown that needed transported to Hershey Medical Center. Once on scene, Chief-23 relocated the LZ site due to muddy conditions on the L&W Field. The LZ was changed to the Station-23 parking area, on the paved surface. The 80-foot tall cell tower next to the parking lot was not illuminated that night other than by Station 23 floodlights. Engine-22 responded to the parking area, and under the direction of Chief-23 handled the Landing Zone. After the helicopter took off, Engine-22 went available.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


1954
Halifax Fire Company - New Seagrave Engine - Halifax, PA

2005
Millersburg Ice and Beverage Company Fire - Millersburg, PA
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Fire broke out around 9 p.m. on January 14, 2005, at the Millersburg Ice and Beverage Company, 695 Market Street, Millersburg. Chief 20 had command. Engine 20 took side B, using the hydrant in front of the NAPA store. Truck 20 took side A. Also on the scene were Engine 26, Engine 21, Engine 20-1, Ambulance 20-1, Squad 26, Engine 29-1, Squad 29, Ambulance 20-2, and Rescue 21. Engine 23 was requested to transfer to Station 21. Truck 22 was originally en route to the scene, but Command 20 requested that they transfer to Station 20. The fire was under control around 10:30 p.m. Loss from the fire was $120,000. A 12-year old boy and a 14-year old boy from Lykens were arrested and charged with arson by Millersburg Police. They confessed to setting the fire, using old catalogs taken from a trash bin behind the NAPA store, set on fire and placed on top of wooden pallets.
2007
Vehicle Accident - Lykens Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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Shortly after midnight on January 14, 2007, a truck traveling near 1090 Luxemburg Road hit a telephone pole. Company 27 responded and found no injuries, but the pole was knocked down. The crew stayed on the scene until a Commonwealth Telephone Company truck came to replace the pole.
Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1969
USS Enterprise Explosion and Fire - Pearl Harbor, Oahu, HI
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There was an explosion on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on January 14, 1969. At 8:19 a.m., a MK-32 Zuni rocket that was loaded on an F-4 Phantom jet overheated due to the exhaust from another vehicle. The rocket blew up, setting off a chain reaction of explosions. Fires broke out across the deck of the ship, and when jet fuel flowed into the carriers interior, other fires were sparked. Many of the Enterprises fire-protection features failed to work properly, but the crew worked heroically and tirelessly to extinguish the fire. In all, 27 sailors lost their lives, another 314 were seriously injured, and 15 aircraft of the 32 on the ship at the time were destroyed by the explosions and fire.
2005
Magnesium Fire - Anderson, IN
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An arson fire at the Advanced Magnesium Alloys Corp. plant on Friday, January 14, 2005, forced thousands of people from their homes. The fire began at approximately 4:30 p.m. in an area of the plant that housed 4000-6000 pounds of magnesium. A disgruntled employee, who had been reprimanded many times for safety violations at the plant and was about to be fired, started the fire. Explosions within the building eventually caused the entire facility to become engulfed in flames. Magnesium is a silvery-white, highly flammable metal. Burning magnesium produces irritating or toxic fumes and typically is extinguished using dry sand because it becomes explosive when in contact with water. Officials decided to let the fire burn itself out because firefighters did not have enough sand and other dry material to suffocate the burning metal. Smoke from the fire, which burned for days, caused emergency officials to temporarily order about 8,000 people from their homes. The Salvation Army and Red Cross set up shelters to house evacuees. No injuries were reported.

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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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