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1960
Fire, Randall

1982
Structure Fire-F.A., UDA Middle School (Box 21-)
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For the second time at this location in the last week, Companies 21, 22, 23, 26 and 27 were dispatched to the UDA Middle School for a reported structure fire. Chief 21 held all units in quarters until confirming a false call. The same person that had made the previous false alarm had placed this call from the phone booth on the square in Elizabethville. The individual was caught at the phone booth and prosecuted.
1992
Odor Investigation, 230 Main St (Box 22-11)

1994
Roof Collapse, 413 Market St (Box 22-11)
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Engine 22 was dispatched to a report of a porch roof collapse at 413 Market Street. A heavy snow had come down during the day, and a small porch roof at this location fell down under the weight of the snow. Engine 22 responded, and upon arrival determined that there were no injuries or further risk. The engine then went available.
1994
Structure Fire, 314 Pottsville St (Box 23-11)

1996
Numerous Flooding, Lykens Boro (Box 22-11)
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As a result of a warming trend in the area following a large snowstorm several days earlier, the Borough experienced numerous incidents of basement flooding. The company was dispatched to a number of flooded basements, and crews spent the majority of the day pumping water from cellars.
2000
Structure Fire, 44 S Market St (Box 21-1)
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Engine 22 was dispatched to the Kepler Home in Elizabethville for a report of smoke in the structure. The engine responded, and staged on Market Street until released by Command 21.
2004
Medical Assist, 572 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Company-22 was dispatched to assist Medic-6 with a possible cardiac arrest at 572 Main Street. Members responded and assisted EMS personnel with patient extrication and loading into the transport unit.
2016
Structure Fire, 307 Race Street (Box 22-1)
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The structure box dispatched on the 22-1 box for 307 Race Street in Lykens for a report of electric baseboard heater on fire. Engine 22 responded with 5 and Truck 22 with 4 and Chiefs 22 and 22-2 POV. While enroute to the scene, County advised of a mistaken dispatch and the call was actually in Williams Township, placing this box in service (see call number 6).
2016
Structure Fire, 307 Ray Street (Box 24-1)
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With Truck and Engine 22 all ready on the street, having been dispatched to 307 Race Street in Lykens (see call number 5), County advised of a corrected address of 307 Ray Street in Williams Township. Both rigs continued on to the new location, along with Chiefs 22 and 22-2 POV. The Truck accessed the address from Broad Street and had side A behind Engine 24, while Engine 22 accessed the address off of Market Street and laid in to the A/D corner. Company 22 and 24 members found some dirt that had been sparking in the electric baseboard on the first floor and extinguished it. After venting the building, Command 24 placed the box available.
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1883
North Sea Ship Collision - North Sea
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The 330-foot, 3,000-ton steamship Cimbria left Hamburg, Germany, on January 18, 1883 with 302 passengers and 120 crew members. Among the passengers were eastern Europeans heading to America, French sailors on their way to Le Havre, and a touring group of Native Americans who were exhibiting Wild West paraphernalia. On the night of January 19th, in heavy fog, in the North Sea, the Sultan, a smaller steamer traveling with only a crew smashed straight into the Cimbria on the port side. Both steamers were badly damaged and the Cimbria?s lifeboats were launched. Seven were inflated, but in the confusion, they weren?t filled anywhere near capacity. In addition, three lifeboats quickly disappeared in the heavy fog and were never seen again. For those people who did not make it onto a lifeboat, the cold water was deadly. Hypothermia and drowning claimed hundreds of lives within minutes. In total, 357 people lost their lives.
1966
Dance Hall Fire - Taipe, Taiwan

2000
Seton Hall Fire - South Orange, NJ
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A smoky fire swept through Boland Residence Hall, a six-story Seton Hall University dormitory about 4:30 a.m. on January 19, 2000. The fire spread rapidly across three couches in the third floor lounge and approached temperatures of up to 1500?F - hot enough to melt the synthetic carpet of the hall, causing severe injuries to many of the students attempting to escape the conflagration by crawling on the floor. Some students leaped from windows over 40 feet to the ground to escape the heavy smoke. Others started tying sheets together to climb down from windows, before firefighters arrived and rescued them. The building, which houses about 600 students, was evacuated and the fire was extinguished quickly. Firefighters searched rooms to account for all of the residents. Three students died: one of smoke inhalation, two of thermal injuries. 58 students and firefighters were injured. One contributing factor to the deaths was that there were several months of false fire alarms, causing students to ignore the warning. Two students had set the fire as a prank.

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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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