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1990
Greenhouse Fire, 2194 Back Rd (Box 19-1)
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Tanker 22 was dispatched to assist on a fire call in Jefferson Township. Tanker 22 was canceled before response.
1991
Car Fire, 328 N. 2nd St(Rear) (Box 22-11)

2001
Relocate, Station 21 (Box 20-1)
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Engine 22 was requested to relocate to Station 21 while Elizabethville firefighters were on the scene of a fire in Millersburg. Engine 22 responded and relocated to Station 21, where they remained without incident until released by Chief 21.
2013
Carbon Monoxide Investigation, 662 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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At the request of Chief 22 on scene, Company 22 dispatched class three to the Family Dollar Store at 662 Main Street in Lykens for reports of high levels of carbon monoxide. Engine 22 responded class three with 3 and arrived on side A. Crews vented the building using fans and took CO readings. When the readings were reduced to acceptable levels, command placed the box available.
2015
Standby in Quarters, 560 South Second Street (Box 20-2)
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Company 22 requested to go on standby in quarters by Chief 21-1 while they were working a structure fire in Upper Paxton Township with companies 20, 26, 29 and 21. 8 personnel from 22 stood by in quarters until released by command.
2018
Medical Assist, 545 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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At the request of Medic 6 on scene Company 22 dispatched class three to 545 Main Street in Lykens for a lift assist. Chief 22 responded POV and Truck 22 went enroute with 7. On arrival the crew assisted EMS with transferring the patient to their unit and then went available.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


1953
Brubaker Tool Dust Collector Fire - Millersburg, PA
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A fire was discovered at 10 p.m. by a night watchman at the Brubaker Tool Corp. When firefighters from the Millersburg Fire Company arrived on the scene, flames were shooting out of the dust collection bin on the roof. Tons of water was used to extinguish the fire which caused several thousand dollars in damage.
2008
Structure Fire - Swamp Poodle Road - Jackson Twp, Northumberland Co, PA
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Around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2008, the Herndon Fire Company was dispatched to a structure fire at the dead end of Swamp Poodle Road in Jackson Township, Northumberland County, northeast of Herndon. The all-wooden house was fully engulfed by flames when firefighters arrived. Seven fire companies responded from Herndon, Hickory Corners, Dalmatia, Lower Augusta, Pillow, Trevorton, and Sunbury. To fight the fire, eight tankers were used to truck water from the ponds of the former Mandata Poultry business. Firefighters were on the scene until about 10:30 p.m. The home was a total loss. A chimney and the east wall were all that remained standing after the fire was extinguished. Firefighters returned to the scene twice the next day for re-kindles - once at 6 a.m. and again around 6 p.m.
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1556
Deadliest Earthquake in History - Shaanxi, China
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An 8.0 to 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck in Shaanxi, China in the late evening of January 23, 1556. The quake struck in the middle of a densely populated area with poorly constructed buildings and homes, resulting in a horrific death toll. In the city of Huaxian, every single building and home collapsed, killing more than half the residents of the city, a number estimated in the tens of thousands. In some places, 60-foot-deep crevices opened in the earth. Serious destruction and death occurred up to 300 miles away. The earthquake also triggered landslides, which contributed to the massive death toll. It is estimated that 830,000 people were killed.
1790
Bounty Burned - Pitcairn Island, Southern Pacific Ocean
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After the April 28, 1789, mutiny on the HMAV Bounty in Tonga, the mutineers, led by Fletcher Christian, visited Tubuai and Tahiti. Some of them, along with some Tahitians left Tahiti in search of a safe haven from the Royal Navy who was sure to pursue them. They landed at Pitcairn Island, where they set the Bounty on fire and destroyed it on January 23, 1790. (The mutineers were eventually caught. Four of them were hanged.)
1904
?lesund Fire - ?lesund, Norway
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A violent Atlantic storm battered ?lesund, Norway, on the night of Saturday, January 23, 1904. At about 2:30 a.m. a fire broke out in one of the westernmost buildings in town. In the high wind pummeling the coast there was no way to prevent the fire from spreading from one wooden building to the other. 850 houses burned to the ground in 16 hours. Some 10,000 of the town's 14,000 inhabitants were left homeless, having to flee to nearby communities. Only two sections of town, lying windward of the fire, escaped destruction. ?lesund was the center for production of high-grade cod liver oil. The refineries and most of the fishing boats were destroyed in the fire. This created a world-wide high-grade cod liver oil shortage. Two people lost their lives in the fire. The estimated loss was about $4-million.
1904
Grassland Fire - near Laredo, TX
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On January 23, 1904, an uncontrollable prairie fire raged on the pastures about fifty miles east of Laredo, Texas. More than 100,000 acres of grazing land burned. Recent frosts had made the grasses very dry and they burned like tinder. Hundreds of cowboys made vigorous efforts to check the flames, but with-out success.
1974
Dormitory Fire - Heusden, Belgium
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A fire broke out in a Roman Catholic school dormitory in Heusden, Belgium, on January 23, 1974. Twenty-three boys were killed.
2001
Tiananmen Square Self-Immolation Incident - Beijing, China
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On January 23, 2001 (Chinese New Year's eve) a group of men and women attempted to set themselves on fire in Tiananmen Square, five succeeded at ignition. A man sat down on the pavement northeast of the Monument to the People's Heroes at the center of the square, poured gasoline on his clothes and set himself on fire. Moments later four more people set themselves alight. Nearby police ran to the victims and put out the flames with fire-extinguishers within a minute. Two of the people died and three were severely disfigured by the act.
2005
Nasiriyah Hospital Fire - Nasiriyah, Iraq
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Fire swept through the Nasiriyah General Hospita in Nasiriyah, Iraqi on January 23, 2005, killing 14 people and injuring 75 others. The blaze was believed to have been caused by an electrical fault.

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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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