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1888
Fire, Rail Road Car Shop
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Fire occured in the railroad car shop. Liberty Hose Company promptly responded through deep snow. The fire was triffling and was put out with buckets before hose attachments were made.
1980
Structure Fire, Snyder res. Carsonville

1994
Flooding, 100 Main St (Box 22-11)

1999
CO Alarm, 211 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 was dispatched for a CO alarm at 211 Main Street. Chief 22 responded POV, and Engine and Truck 22 responded. On arrival, The crews used a monitor to check the CO levels in the house, and then vented the house before being placed available by command.
2004
Furnace Malfunction, 564 North Second Street (Box 22-1)
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Company-22 was dispatched for a structure fire at 664 North Second Street. Lieutenant-22 was first on the scene and found a furnace malfunction with light smoke conditions in the basement. Lieutenant-22 held the box to Company-22. The engine crew's assignment was to monitor the basement and first floor for Carbon Monoxide. The CO levels were 16 ppm on the first floor and 18 ppm in the basement. Lieutenant-22 monitored the adjoining house and found nothing. Chief-22 then placed the box in-service and cleared the event.
2006
Accident with injuries, 427 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Engine-22 and Engine-23 were dispatched to 427 Main Street in Lykens for an accident with possible entrapment. Chief 22-2 on the scene reported one patient, unconscious, with no entrapment. Engine-22 responded with a crew of six, followed shortly by Engine-23. Engine-22 arrived on scene and found one vehicle resting against the front porch of 427 Main Street. EMS requested aero-medical transportation for the patient, so Chief-22 re-routed Engine-23 to set up a landing zone at Station-23. The engine crew performed vehicle stabilization and assisted EMS with removal of the patient from the vehicle, packaging, and transfer to transport unit to be taken to the LZ. Engine-22 was released by command and went available.
2011
Medical Assist, 135 Lawley Road (Box 22-2)
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Company 22 dispatched class 1 to 135 Lawley Road in Lykens for a cardiac arrest, AED response. Truck 22 responded with 5, and was placed in service by Lieutenant 22-1 on scene when he declared a signal 12.
2012
Accident with injuries, 25 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Engine 22 and Rescue 23 and EMS dispatched to 25 Main Street for a reported one vehicle accident with injuries. Chiefs 22 and 23 responded POV to the scene, and on arrival determined that it was actually on the other side of the bridge in Wiconisco Township. Engine 22 responded with 4, Rescue 23 with 7, and Utility 22 with 4. On arrival, crews assisted EMS Chief 1A with patient care until the patients were removed from the vehicle and transported by EMS. Crews then went available.
2014
Structure Fire, 58 Main Street (Box S.C.)
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Truck 22 dispatched class one to 58 Main Street in Klingerstown, Schuylkill County, for a reported commercial structure fire. Truck 22 responded with 5, and on arrival, took side A of a large, 75 foot by 100 foot 3 story multiple occupancy building with fire through the roof. Truck set up for aerial master stream operations, with an initial 3 inch supply line from Rescue 28, and later Engine 27 set up to draft in the creek across the street from the scene and fed the Truck with a 5 inch line. Heavy fire was rolling throughout the multi-family apartment building, with an attached former post office to the B exposure side. Bucket crew knocked down a large volume of fire with the two deck guns, and then assisted crews working from the ground with controlling numerous hot spots on sides A, C, and D. Temps at the scene started out at 12 degrees, and went down into the single digits when the sun went down. Ice was a major issue, both on the ground, every ladder and hose line, and some of the pumps. The Truck crew assisted with interior overhaul operations. Utility 22 responded class three with 4 fresh crew members later into the incident, and relieved the initial Truck crew and continued with salvage and overhaul. After release by command 65, the Truck returned to station out of service, with the pump and most of the ladders frozen up. Units on scene included: Dauphin County Engine and Rescue 21 Truck and Utility 22 Engine 23 standing by in quarters and Rescue 23 initially relocated to station 27, and then later brought to the scene Engine and Tanker 26 Engine, Rescue, and Tanker 27 Rescue and Tanker 28 Schuylkill County Schuylkill Engine and Tanker 14 (Sacremento) Schuylkill Engine 13 (Valley View) Schuylkill Engine and Tanker 10 (Pitman) Northumberland County Engine and Tanker 64 (Hickory Corners) Engine 63 (Herndon) Engine, Tanker, and Attack 65 (Klingerstown) Dalmatia EMS Other Medic 6 Dauphin Rescue Engine 49 and Tanker 38 in station 21 PPL Red Cross
2016
AFA, 5668 Route 209 (Box 21-6)
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Company 21 and Truck 22 dispatched class one to 5668 Route 209 in Washington Township, village of Loyalton, at the Upper Dauphin Middle School, for an automatic fire alarm. Engine 21 went enroute with 7 and Truck 22 with 4. County advised that the school was having a fire drill, and Command placed the box in service.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


2007
Accident with Injuries - Jefferson Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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An accident was discovered at Powells Valley Road and Greenland Road in Jefferson Township, on January 28, 2007. Engine 19 and Engine 23 were dispatched. Engine 23 arrived at the scene to find a single vehicle. No occupants were found, but there was a large amount of blood splattered inside the vehicle. Pennsylvania State Police arrived, and Engine 19 stood by until a towing service removed the vehicle.
Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1393
Royal Ball Fire - Paris, France

1853
Cardenas Fire - Cardenas, Cuba
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Fire destroyed four city blocks in Cardenas, Cuba, on January 28, 1853. A great number of stores and dwellings were burned in the flames, which lasted for three days. The post office was also burned. The loss was estimated at $1,000,000. Soldiers looted the burning homes and the ones next door. They also charged people $17 to $20 for permission to go to their own houses to save their property.
1855
Steamer Georgia Fire - New Orleans, LA
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The steamer Georgia, from Montgomery, Alabama, containing two hundred passengers, and one thousand bales of cotton, was destroyed by fire at New Orleans on January 28, 1855. Sixty passengers perished in the flames, or by drowning.
1961
Warehouse Fire - Chicago, IL
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On January 28, 1961, nine Chicago firefighters died while battling a warehouse fire at 614 Hubbard Street. The warehouse, which stored bakery supplies and frozen foods, was a seven-story building, located in a railroad yard and heavy industry area. The fire started in the upper floors of the building and had been burning for some time before being detected by railroad workers. The fire department was called at 6:23 a.m., by which time flames were already bursting through the windows. The call quickly escalated to a special alarm, bringing 316 firefighters, 67 pieces of apparatus, four ambulances, three rescue squads, and fireboats which pumped water from the Chicago River. Located adjacent to the warehouse was a two-story building. Several firefighters were on the roof of the two-story building attempting to run a hose into the burning warehouse, when the warehouse wall collapsed onto them. Other firefighters went to dig them out of the debris. As the victims were being rescued, the roof they were on collapsed, trapping both the initial victims and their rescuers. Other firefighters came to the rescue, eventually digging through ten feet of debris to reach all the victims. Meanwhile, the fire raged on. The temperature was near zero degrees that day. Water used to fight the fire caused the area around the warehouse to fill with water and ice, freezing the equipment in place. The fire was eventually extinguished later in the day. In the end, nine firefighters were killed and fifteen firefighters were injured.
1966
Paramount Hotel Fire - Boston, MA
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Shortly after 6 p.m. on the cold night of January 28, 1966, an odor of gas was detected at the Paramount Hotel, located at 17-19 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. As employees started to make notifications to adjoining businesses and the gas company, an explosion blew out part of the first floor walls and the sidewalk collapsed into the basement. There was heavy fire and smoke. People were at windows on the upper floors calling for help. A few minutes later, police and fire companies began arriving. Within ten minutes of the explosion, a fifth alarm was ordered. Ladder trucks could not get close enough to the building, so ground ladders were used. Extra man power was needed with the ladders because water from the hoses was turning almost immediately to ice. One woman was rescued from the basement where she was pinned by debris. She was spotted from the street through the hole where the sidewalk was blown away. There was heavy fire in the basement and it was filling up with water. Only the woman's head was above water. She was not only in danger of burning, but also of drowning. The fire extended from the basement to the upper floors via the elevator shaft. Hose lines were taken off standpipes in the building next to the hotel and used from its upper floors to hit some of the fire in the hotel that could not be reached from the street. A total of 57 people were injured. By the next morning, the death toll stood at ten; an eleventh person died a few days later.
1986
Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion - Cape Canaveral, FL
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The launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986, was the 25th launch of a space shuttle and the tenth launch of Challenger. The vehicle exploded 73 seconds after lift off, killing the seven astronauts aboard. Among the crew of astronauts was Christa MacAuliffe, a teacher from New Hampshire. The explosion was caused by a failure of an O-ring seal in the right solid rocket booster. The failure of the seal caused a leak with a flame, that caused another leak in the hydrogen fuel tank. The resulting explosion caused the shuttle to break apart and plunge into the ocean.

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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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