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1978
Structure Fire w/fat., Ramer's, North 2nd St
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Fire alarms rang at 2AM for a fire at 325 North Second Street in Lykens. Liberty Hose Company No. 2 responded followed by Wiconisco Fire Company and arrived to find the house engulfed in flames. There was heavy snow on the ground at the time and the hydrants were buried and had to be dug out before connections were made. 13 year old Janice Ramer was killed in the fire. Her father, Ronald Ramer, and her three sisters escaped the fire by jumping from a second floor window into the snow below. The fire had started on the first floor on the house and spread to the neighboring mobile home of Betty Kupp, destroying a bedroom. Shop-n-Play provided food for the firefighters.
1985
Chimney Fire, 316 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Engine 22 was dispatched to 316 Main Street for a chimney fire. Air temperature was -10?F. Engine 22 responded to the scene, Chief 22 responded POV. The engine arrived on side-1, and the crew was met by the Chief who determined that there was a malfunctioning furnace in the building. The owner was advised to contact a repair service, and the engine went available.
2003
CO Alarm, 96 Small Valley Rd (Box 19-1)
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Truck-22 was dispatched for a carbon monoxide alarm sounding in a structure in Wayne Township. The truck was canceled while enroute.
2004
Structure Fire, 308 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Fire broke out at 308 Main Street on January 21, 2004. Company-22 was dispatched for a working structure fire. Engine-22 enroute was advised of heavy fire and front windows blown out. Engine-22 laid hose from a hydrant at the corner of Main and West Streets and arrived on scene to find heavy fire. Engine-23 connected the hose laid by Engine-22 to the hydrant and sent their manpower to scene. An interior attack was attempted, but due to the unstable condition of the structure, evacuation tones were sounded. Firefighters evacuated the structure and fought the fire from the exterior. Truck-22 arrived at Main and Edward Streets and asisted in engine company operations with deck gun and pre-connects. Other units were placed with assignments given to their officers. A defensive attack was used until thorough knockdown was achieved and then massive overhaul was begun. Truck-20 crew served as RIT. All units were working. No injuries were reported. PSP Fire Marshall on scene advised the cause was electrical in nature. Red Cross was notified for familiy assistance.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


1952
Ditty Roof Fire - Elizabethville, PA
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A small area of the roof on the home of Charles Ditty in Elizabethville caught fire on January 21, 1952. Mr. Ditty called the fire company and reported the fire. A minute after that, Mr. Ditty called back and requested that the fire company cancel their response. Mr. Ditty and his father had put the fire out using buckets.
Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1821
Paramaribo Fire - Paramaribo, Suriname
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The "big fire" of Paramaribo started on January 21, 1821. The fire started at the "Corner House", while servants were cooking. The house caught fire and it spread to eventually consume 400 other houses and warehouses. The greater part of the city was reduced to ashes.
1881
Furniture Factory Fire - Chicago, IL
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A fire destroyed the three-story brick furniture factory of F. Mayer, at Clinton and Sebor Streets in Chicago, Illinois, on January 21, 1881. The building was 146 by 48 feet. It was filled with inflammable material, and within twenty minutes after the alarm, the front wall fell, burying 14 firemen and 1 policeman in the ruins. Four of them died from their injuries. The building loss is estimated at $50,000.
1971
Oil Tanker Universe Patriot Explosion - Mediterranean Sea, near Sardenia
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The U.S. oil tanker Universe Patriot caught fire and exploded on January 21, 1971. Sixteen people died as a result.
1975
Gargantu Bar Fire - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1978
Oleksa Hirnyk Self-Immolation - Kaniv, Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine
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Oleksa Hirnyk was a Ukrainian Soviet dissident who burned himself to death as an act of protest against Soviet suppression of the Ukrainian language, culture and history. On the night of January 21, 1978, the eve of the sixtieth anniversary of Ukraine's declaration of independence by the Tsentralna Rada government, Hirnyk doused himself with four liters of gasoline and burned himself to death on Chernecha Hill, in Kaniv not far from Taras Shevchenko?s tomb.
2008
Lucy's Caf? Fire - Hershey, PA
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Shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 2008, a fire occurred at the former Lucy's Cafe on West Chocolate Avenue in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The restaurant closed on December 31, 2007. The Hershey fire department arrived to find heavy fire on all four sides of the building. Crews began an interior attack, but were driven back by fire that had spread to all floors and weakened the structure. Fire crews remained on the scene to extinguish the fire until after midnight. The fire was determined to have been accidental. It was caused by a construction worker's torch that was being used to cut and remove equipment from the closed restaurant.

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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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