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1987
Chimney Fire, 368 Railroad Street (Box 22-2)
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Company 22 was dispatched to the Neiman residence for a chimney fire. Engine 22 responded, and arrived on side-1 of the structure. There was dark smoke and sparks coming from the top of the chimney. The crew laddered the building and placed members on the ice and snow covered roof to set up running chains through the chimney. Other crew members went into the basement to remove pipes, while other crew members checked the attic for possible extension, finding none. The chimney was cleaned and the pipes re-assemblied. The company then went available.
2002
Electrical Fire, 6 Autumn Dr (Box 24-1)

2004
Standby for Co. 21, In Station (Box 21-1)
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Engine and Tanker 22 were placed on standby in Station-22 by request of Chief-21. Company-21 was on the scene of a working fire at 4084 Route-209, with a possible second fire at 408 Main Street in the Borough of Elizabethville. Companies 21, 20, and 26 worked the first fire, and Companies 22, 23, 27, and 28 were placed on standby in quarters when Chief-21 requested a second alarm assignment to hold in quarters. It was determined that the second possible fire was false, and Chief-21 placed second alarm companies in service.
2010
CO Alarm, 656 North Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 dispatched to 656 North Street in Lykens for a carbon monoxide alarm activation. Engine 22 responded with 5, Truck 22 with 7, and 2 members POV. On arrival, Engine and Truck took up positions on side A, and sent a crew into the structure with the CO meter and read high levels. The occupants had left the furnace run out of coal. The building was ventilated, readings checked again and found to be normal, and the property was returned to the occupants and the company went available.
2012
Smoke in a Structure, 314 Center Street (Box 23-1)
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Companies 22 and 23 dispatched class one to 314 Center Street in Wiconisco for a report of smoke coming from a structure. Chief 23-2 responded POV, Engine 23 with 2, Truck 22 with 5, and Utility 22 with one. On arrival, Command held the box to Engine 23 and Truck 22, that it was a furnace malfunction. Crews assisted with ventilating the structure before being released by command.
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There are no incidents recorded in our database for this date.
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1881
Beth-Eden Baptist Church Fire - Philadelphia, PA
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On January 31, 1881, at 4:35 a.m., a fire broke out on the south side of Beth-Eden Baptist Church, at the north-west corner of Broad and Spruce Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Three alarms of fire were sounded, but before all the engines arrived, the flames spread to the Horticultural Hall, which is separated from the church by an alley 12 feet wide. Both buildings were soon completely wrapped in flames, and the southerly wind spread the fire to the houses on Spruce-street. The first of these to catch fire was 1409 Spruce Street, adjoining the church. The back of the building was destroyed and the front was deluged with water, causing a loss of $10,000. The next house, 1411 Spruce Street, was badly damaged by water. The interior of 1402 Spruce Street was ruined, causing a loss of $15,000. 1404 and 1406 Spruce Street were each badly damaged by water. Before 6 o'clock, the interiors of both Horticultural Hall and the church were in ruins, and a portion of the walls of the church had fallen. It was not until 9:45 a.m. that the flames were under control. Beth-Eden Baptist Church was a Gothic structure, made of green-stone, trimmed with red sandstone and marble. It had cost $186,719.47. The organ cost $7,500. Horticultural Hall was sold at public sale last summer for $92,800.
1945
Lacoste Babies Home Ophanage Fire - Auburn, ME

1964
Nursery Fire - Melbourne, Australia

1975
Oil Tanker Corinthos Fire - Marcus Hook, PA
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Around 12:30 a.m. on January 31, 1974, a large explosion was heard in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, and as far away as Media. The Liberian tanker Corinthos had traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, carrying over 400,000 barrels of crude oil. It tied up to the No. 1 dock at the BP Refinery in Marcus Hook and the crew began to pump out the crude. At the same time, the ship Edgar M. Queeny was maneuvering into Marcus Hook channel of the Delaware River, heading to a New Jersey dock, almost directly across the river from the BP facility. It was carrying an explosive chemical load of phenol, styrene, methanol, vinyl acitate, paraffin, and caustic acid. While the ship was making a U-turn in the river, it rammed into the docked oil tanker and caused the massive explosion. Before long, the Corinthos was on fire from bow to stern, and there were burning oil slicks all over the waterfront. When the Marcus Hook fire Department arrived, the river was on fire, and they saw people on board the ship that they couldn't get to. There were parts of bodies everywhere, and flames were shooting into the air. Most of the crew members were incinerated. But, some were coming out of the water, burned, and with body parts blown off. Many were in shock. The first responders were in an area between a warehouse and the fire. There were rivets popping out of the tanker and hitting the brick warehouse building, on top of which the torso of a body was found. The fire raged for three days after the explosion, before it was brought under control. It burned for two weeks in all. There was $100 million in property damage, 26 people killed, and numerous people injured. The firemen kept the flames from geting into the refinery. The Corinthos burned and sank into the Delaware River, where it stayed for almost a year. The Viscose Fire Company and Marcus Hook Fire Company, made up the Marcus Hook Fire Department. In addition, over 50 fire companies assisted during those three days. Almost every fire company in Delaware County responded. The firemen worked 12-hour shifts, taking turns to sleep. Also, the Coast Guard, Philadelphia Fire Department fireboats, and a Navy firefighter tug assisted. After eleven years of court decisions, the owners of the freighter that collided with the tanker agreed to pay $30 million to the pier's owners. Some $20 million had already been paid in settlement to 119 other claimants in the incident.
2003
Craik Hotel Fire - Craik, Saskatchewan, Canada
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The Craik Hotel in Craik, Saskatchewan, Canada, burned on January 31, 2003. The landmark two-story hotel was built in 1903 using balloon construction with no fire breaks or fire protection systems. When the fire company was dispatched, the building was fully involved and the fire had already vented through the roof. The first-in pumper stretched a 2?-inch supply line from a hydrant located a block west of the fire. The closest hydrant was directly in front of the hotel but fire fighters were unable to gain access to it due to the close proximity of the fire. Noting that the building was fully involved, the fire crews set up a defensive attack and focus on covering the exposures. A search of the hotel was not able to be conducted due to the state of the building. Nearby structures suffered the effects of extreme radiant heat as the vinyl siding on these buildings quickly melted. Two trucks parked in front of the hotel also suffered heat damage with all plastic items and the back windows melting. Craik?s main pumper failed due to radiant heat melting an air line on its pump. This engine also had its grill flashers melted off. Fire fighters set up lines to cool the exposures and extinguish any flying brands using 1?-inch lines. The Davidson Fire Department also responded to help extinguish the fire. They could see the orange glow in the sky from ten miles away. A total of 250,000 gallons of water were used by fire fighters to extinguish this blaze and protect exposures, almost completely depleted the water supply for the town. There were no injuries to fire fighters or the public during this incident. The investigation initially determined the last patrons of the hotel bar left about 30 minutes before the fire began and no guest was registered in the hotel that evening. The cause of the incident is undetermined. The owners lost all of their stock and equipment.

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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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