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Incidents for which we were dispatched (see Note 1)Hide

1979
Cellar Pumping, Lykens

1997
Comm Structure Fire, 111 S. Water St (Box 24-17)
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Truck 22 and Engine 22 were dispatched to assist Companies 23, 24, 66, and Schuylkill County units Engine 790, Air 790, and Tanker 650 at a commercial structure fire at the Williams Valley Dental Group in Williamstown. There were reports of an odor of something burning inside. Truck 22 and Engine 22 responded. Tanker 22 was later added to the call. On arrival, the units were staged and the crews assisted at the scene until released by command.
1999
Commercial Structure, 666 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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A first alarm assignment was dispatched for a commercial structure fire in the United States Post Office located at 666 Main Street in Lykens Borough. Earlier this same evening, a small fire in the Elizabethville Borough Post Office had been reported and controlled by Company-21. This call came in approximately two hours after Elizabethville's. Engine-22, Truck-22, Engine-23, Squad-23, Engine-24, and EMS responded. Engine-22 arrived on scene at side-1 and found heavy smoke pushing from the front door of the Post Office, with the front windows darkened down. Initial attack was made through the front door, with Engine-23 arriving on side-3, forcing the rear door, and initiating an attack from that direction. Truck-22 set up on side-1/4 and laddered the structure. Engine-24 set up with Engine-23 on side-3. The fire was knocked down in a few minutes, with a significant amount of smoke still remaining in the building. Don's Food Rite, next door, was opened and checked for possible extensions, with none found. Crews set up ventilation of the fire building and checked for remaining hot spots. Dispatch was notified of a possible link to the earlier Elizabethville Post Office Fire and requests by command were made for a PSP fire marshal and US Postal Inspectors to be sent to the scene. The scene was then secured as a possible crime scene until the arrival of the Harrisburg City arson officer and dog. The scene was turned over to PSP and crews returned all apparatus to service.
2004
Transformer Fire, 25 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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This call was originally dispatched for Company 22 to respond to 25 Main Street in Lykens Borough for a transformer fire. The County Dispatch Center received the call information from a police officer on scene. Due to some confusion in police ID numbers and similar local business names, the call was dispatched for Lykens by mistake. It was determined that the Halifax Police Department, rather than Lykens Police Department, was reporting this transformer fire. County canceled Company 22 and dispatched Company 29 to the corrected location at 3662 Peters Mountain Road in Halifax Township.
2005
Stand-By, Station 22 (Box 20-2)
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Truck-22 was requested to stand by in quarters per Command-20 while Company-20 was working on a garage fire. The Truck crew stood by in Station-22 until released by command. The garage fire was at 167 Country Hill Drive, in Upper Paxton Township. A single story, detached 20x30 foot garage was fully involved when the home owner called 911 at 10:51 p.m. The Millersburg fire company responded and used four hose lines to fight the fire. It was brought under control at 11:28 p.m. Engine 20, Truck 20, Tanker 20, Engine 21, Rescue 21, Tanker 21, Engine 26, Tanker 26, Squad 26, Ambulance 13-1, and a Fire Marshal responded to the scene. Tanker 20 was canceled while en route. Engine 26 and Squad 26 were placed available on scene. Tanker 26 and Engine 29-1 transferred to Station 20. Truck 22 stood by at Station 22.
2006
Smoke in a Structure, 415 Market Street (Box 20-1)
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Truck-22 was dispatched for Truck-20 to 415 Market Street in Millersburg Borough for a report of smoke in a structure. The truck responded with a crew of six and was canceled by command while enroute.
2012
Structure Fire, 112 First Street (Box 20-1)
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Truck 22 dispatched as next due for Truck 20 on a 20-1 box at 112 First Street in Millersburg for an electrical smell in the basement. Truck 22 canceled when Truck 20 responded.
2012
Multiple car fires, 1821 Pottsville Street (Box 23-3)
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At 16:00 hours, Company 23 was dispatched class one to One Stop Recycling for a car fire. This incident would eventually grow into approximately 100 cars on fire, and involve nearly all companies from the upper end of the County. Chief 23 arrived on scene and assumed command, and began requesting multiple resources as the incident grew in size. One Stop Recycling is a business that takes in junk cars and other items, and initial size-up showed multiple cars on fire and spreading. Companies 21 and 27 were added to the call for CAFS and tankers, and Engine 22 was dispatched to set up a fill site at the hydrant located across from Medco Processing on the old Coaldale Road. Engine 22 responded with 5 and Utility 22 with 4, and many members responded during the event POV. Engine 22 set up the fill at the requested hydrant, left members to operate it, and the Engine moved up to the scene. Tanker 24 was dispatched, and on arrival, dumped it's 5 inch and laid from the hydrant up to Engine 22's 5 inch which was also laid out. Engine 27 picked up the hydrant and pushed water to Engine 22, which placed its deck gun, 3 inch pre-connect, and a 2 inch pre-connect into operation to assist Engine 23. It was quickly determined that water flow was going to exceed the water system in Wiconisco, so an alternative fill site was decided upon in Lykens Boro. Numerous additional tankers from 21, 20, 216, 26, 27 and 29 were dispatched. Chief 24-1 was water supply officer, and Chief 22-2 the fill site, which was set up by Engine 201 at the hydrant in Lykens at Market and North Second Street. Eight tankers were used in the tanker shuttle, with each one being filled about 8 times. Canteen 29 was requested to the scene, and Schuylkill Engine 650 was also dispatched and sent to the scene for additional manpower. Schuylkill Engine 66-10 was relocated to station 24, Engine 32 to station 23, Perry Tanker 9 to station 216, and Tanker 35 and Engine 49 to station 21. Suppression activities continued for several hours, and with the aid of some heavy moving equipment that was able to lift many of the cars from the pile, control and extinguishment was eventually achieved. After cleaning and repacking 1100 feet of 5 inch, 500 feet of 3 inch, and 200 feet of 2 inch, the company went back in service and available.
2017
Chimney Fire, 479 Picnic Road (Box 27-2)
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Truck 22 dispatched class one on the 27-1 box to 479 Picnic Road in Lykens Township for a chimney fire. Company 27 on the call. Truck 22 responded with 6 and was canceled while enroute by command 27.
2017
AFA, 300 Chestnut Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 and Engine 23 dispatched class one to 300 Chestnut Street in Lykens for an automatic fire alarm at the Alfa Laval Thermal Corp plant. Chief 22 responded POV to the scene. Engine 22 responded with 6 and Truck 22 with 3 and Engine 23. On arrival, the Engine staged in the parking lot on side A, the Truck staged on Chestnut Street, and Engine 23 staged by the hydrant at Chestnut and Hanna Street. Plant personnel on scene assisted with a walk through of the plant. Having found nothing. the alarm was reset and command placed the box available.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


1999
Elizabethville Post Office Fire - Elizabethville, PA
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Smoke was discovered in the Elizabethville Post Office on Broad Street on the night of January 24, 1999. The Elizabethville fire company was dispatched and upon their arrival, the fire was extinguished with a fire extinguisher. The fire was caused by someone dropping a pack of lit matches through the mail slot, catching the mail in the drop box on fire.
2005
Garage Fire - Upper Paxton Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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The garage fire was at 167 Country Hill Drive, in Upper Paxton Township. A single story, detached 20x30 foot garage was fully involved when the home owner called 911 at 10:51 p.m. The Millersburg fire company responded and used four hose lines to fight the fire. It was brought under control at 11:28 p.m. Engine 20, Truck 20, Tanker 20, Engine 21, Rescue 21, Tanker 21, Engine 26, Tanker 26, Squad 26, Ambulance 13-1, and a Fire Marshal responded to the scene. Tanker 20 was canceled while en route. Engine 26 and Squad 26 were placed available on scene. Tanker 26 and Engine 29-1 transferred to Station 20. Truck 22 stood by at Station 22.
Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1764
Harvard Fire - Cambridge, MA
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During the wind and snow of a nor'easter on the night of January 24, 1764, fire broke out at Harvard Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The fire is believed to have started in a beam under the hearth in the library, and spread throughout the four-story building from there, reducing it to ruins. It was vacation time and very few students remained, which is why the fire was not discovered sooner. Two of the college's engines were used to fight the fire, but soon became useless. An engine from Cambridge was brought to fight the flames. The wind driven flames caused cinders to fall and fire to break out on the roofs of Stoughton Hall and Massachusetts Hall. The new Hollis Hall was on the windward side of the blaze, but also caught fire from the heat. Those buildings were saved by firefighting efforts, with the destruction being kept to Harvard Hall. The library contained above five thousand volumes, all which were consumed, except a few books in the hands of the members of the House. A lot of scientific equipment was also destroyed, including the Governor Winthrop Telescope. Some students who had chambers in the Hall also lost personal property.
1904
Sour Lake Fire - Sour Lake, TX
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Fire swept the town of Sour Lake, Texas, on January 24, 1904, and practically the entire business section of the town was destroyed. Four blocks were burned, and the buildings destroyed included two banks, two hotels, the Post Office, the electric-light plant, the telegraph and telephone offices, and the railway station. After the fire, the town was in darkness, and men patrolled the streets, armed with shotguns, to prevent thieves from plundering the ruins. The loss was about $300,000. Most of the burned buildings were made of wood. There was no Fire Department in Sour Lake. The town had grown in a year, from a place with a few hundred inhabitants to one with a population of 10,000, as a result of the oil discoveries.

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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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