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1956
Unrecorded Incident Type, Sunny Deitrich

1961
Fire, North Street
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Fire broke out at the Henry Nicklo residence at 7:15AM on January 26, 1961. The fire spread to the east side of the double-block property, occupied by the Charles Siemons family. It was reported that an overheated chimney was the cause of the blaze. Fire was confined to the rear of the home; having spread through the outside wall causing considerable damage to the Nicklo kitchen, bathroom, and a small room attached to the rear of the kitchen. Damage on the Siemons' side was not quite as extensive, but the fire had burned through the outer wall and caused fire damage in the bathroom and kitchen. Smoke filled both properties in a short time, and caused some smoke damage. Lykens fire company responded to the call and must be commended on their efficiency in controlling the blaze and keeping the damage from water to a minimum. Wiconisco fire company also answered the call and were standing by in case they were needed. Fire Chief Elwood Miller reported that both properties are covered by fire insurance.
1979
Stand By, Lykens

1996
Flooding, 336-338 North 2nd St (Box 22-11)
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Company 22 was dispatched to a double house on North Second Street for a report of basement flooding. A crew assembled at Station 22 and used POV to transport portable pumps to the scene. Upon arrival, the crew found about 1 to 2 feet of water in the basement, and using the portable pumps, removed the water from both sides of the double house. The crew then returned to station.
2000
Medical Assist, 560 North Second St (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 was dispatched to 560 North Second Street to assist EMS with a cardiac arrest call. Engine 22 responded with a crew of six, and Chief 22 responded POV. The engine arrived on scene and crew assisted EMS with CPR and patient packaging and transfer to a transporting unit.
2005
Medical Assist, 605 North Street (Box 22-1)
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Company-22 was dispatched at the request of EMS to assist with patient lifting. Engine-22 responded with a crew of six, arrived on scene at 605 North Street, and assisted with patient packaging and transfer to an ambulance.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


1889
Dunkleberger and Saltzer Homes Fire - Gratz, PA

Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1679
Middle Temple Fire - London, England
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On January 26, 1679, there was a fire at Middle Temple Lane, in the western part of "The Temple", the former headquarters of the Knights Templar. A number of residences were destroyed, including the chamber of Elias Ashmole, who lost a large part of his library including coins, medals, antiquities, books, manuscripts and prints, which he had given to Oxford University. The fire broke out at midnight in Pump Court, and raged for twelve hours. The weather was cold, the Thames was frozen, and the water supply was inadequate. Beer from the Temple cellars was put into the pumping engines, but it was not enough to stop the spread of fire. The flames were finally subdued by the use of gunpowder to blow up a small library after its contents had been emptied. The chapel was saved, as well as Middle Temple Hall, but in addition to Pump Court, Elm Tree Court, and Vine Court, a part of Brick Court was also destroyed.
1880
Kings County Prison Shoe Shop Fire - Brooklyn, NY

1880
Presbyterian Church Fire - Harrisburg, PA
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The colored Presbyterian Church at Elder and Foster Streets in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was destroyed by fire on January 26, 1880. The loss was about $10,000. It was believed that the fire originated from a defective heating apparatus.
1882
Factory Building Fire - Philadelphia, PA
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Charles Scott's Keystone Wheel, Spoke, and Hub Works, at 174-178 Canal Street, was destroyed by fire on the evening of January 26, 1882. The building was 210 by 100 feet and five stories in height, and the lower floors were divided into sections, one of which was occupied as a car spring manufactory, also carried on by Mr. Scott. The upper floors were occupied by a manufactory of fringes and upholsterers' trimmings. On the second floor above the hub works there was a quantity of waste and shavings, and, during the early part of the afternoon, the occupants of the fringe factory noticed an unaccountable smoke in the rooms. An alarm was given, and efforts were made to find and extinguish the fire, but without success. Thus matters stood until just after 6 o'clock, when a flame was seen to dart up through an elevator and the fire, bursting forth, seemed to rage with great fury all over the building in a moment. The firemen worked with great energy and soon had the flames well under control, but in the meantime the building itself was reduced to a mere shell, most, if not all, the stock and fixtures being totally destroyed. The loss is estimated at $100,000.
1882
Foundry Fire - Burlington, VT
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At 5 o'clock on the afternoon of January 26, 1882, at Wallace H. Brink & Co.'s Burlington, Vermont, foundry, workmen were making a five ton casting when the ladle accidentally overturned, spilling the entire mass of molten metal, setting the building on fire. Some workmen were fatally injured, while others escaped without injury. The foundry was gutted.
1904
Goddard Storage Warehouse Fire - Louisville, KY

1961
Peter Weaver House Fire - Dauphin, PA
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The unoccupied home of Peter Weaver at 301 Alleghney Street in Dauphin Borough was destroyed by fire on January 26, 1961. The cause of the fire was an overheated stove that was used to heat the house. The Dauphin-Middle Paxton Fire Company was assisted by the Rescue of Estherton Fire Company.
1969
Victoria Hotel Fire - Dunnville, Ontario, Canada

1998
Ma’alaea Landfill Fire - Maui, HI
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On January 26, 1998, in Ma’alaea, Maui, a fire occurred 15 to 20 feet underground in a Landfil. It took weeks to extinguish the fire, with injections of more than 1,000 pounds of liquid carbon dioxide. It continued to smolder for four months.

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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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