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Unknown Fire, 558 North St (Rear) (Box 22-11)

Structure Fire, 627 West Market St (Box 24-1)

Auto Alarm, 15 South Second Street (Box 22-1)

Trash Fire, 564 Rear N. 2nd St (Box 22-1)
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Engine-22 was dispatched for a rubbish fire in the alley behind Community Banks. Engine-22, with six personnel, arrived on scene to find trash burning in the alley. The fire was extinguished using a PW extinguisher. The police department was notified of the incident and the company was placed available by the Chief.
Odor Investigation, 15 South 2nd Street (Box 22-1)
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At the request of the police department, Company 22 and Company 23 were dispatched to the Rattling Creek Apartments for an odor investigation. Engine 22, with a crew of six, and Truck 22, with a crew of five, responded along with Engine 23 and EMS. Engine 22 arrived on scene at side 1, Truck 22 arrived behind Engine 22, and Engine 23 stood by at the hydrant at the corner of Main and Arlington Streets. Chief 22 arrived on scene and assumed command. The police department reported a resident complaining of a gas odor in apartment 302 that was thought to be coming from apartment 202. The engine crew investigated apartment 202 and the truck crew investigated apartment 302. Nothing was found. Company 23's multi-purpose gas meter and Company 22's CO monitor were used in each apartment, with normal readings found. The box was placed in service by command.
Flooding, Alfa Laval Plant (Box 22-3)
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Chief 22 received a call at his home regarding flooding that was occurring at the Alfa Laval Plant on Hanna Street. Surface water was rising towards a plant door. The Chief contacted Dauphin County and requested tone activation of Company 22 for an emergency work detail. Upon arrival at the station, the Chief and three other members loaded tools and a pump and responded POV to the Plant, where they cleared blocked storm drains and pumped surface water away.
Structure Fire, 306 Keystone Street (Box S.C.)
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Truck 22 dispatched class one to Schuylkill County, Porter Township, at 306 Keystone Street in the village of Muir for a structure fire. Tanker 23, Schuylkill companies Muir, Sheridan, Joliet and Pine Grove also on the box along with Tower City EMS. Truck 22 responded with 6 and Chief 22-1 POV. On arrival, the Truck had the side A/D corner and was assigned to ladder the building. Crew assisted with ventilation and checking for extensions. Fire originated on the first floor and first in crews had it knocked down quickly. Crew assisted on scene until released by Command 650.
Structure Fire, 335 West Grand Avenue (Box S.C.)
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Truck 22 dispatched class one to Porter Township Schuylkill County to 335 West Grand Avenue in Sheridan for a fully involved house fire. Truck 22 responded with 7 and Utility 22 with 3. 3 additional members came POV to the scene. On arrival the Truck was instructed to beach the rig on Grand Avenue and assist with fire suppression activities. All 5 Porter Township fire companies along with Tower City and numerous Dauphin and Schuylkill companies were on scene of a 2 and one half story single family wood frame structure with fire showing from all floors. The air temp was -2 degrees and hose lines and firefighters were freezing up everywhere. The crew assisted with extinguishment and suppression activities until released by command. Units on scene: Schuylkill County Muir Engine and Squad Orwin Engine Reinerton Engine Joliet Engine and Tanker Sheridan Engine and Rescue Tower City Engine and Air Light Tremont Rescue Newtown Tanker Lewellyn Tanker Sacramento Tanker Pine Grove Ladder, Engine and Squad Dauphin County Utility 20 on scene, Engine 20 standby for 21 in quarters Engine and Rescue 21 Truck and Utility 22 Rescue 23 Tanker and Utility 24 Tanker 26 Tanker 27 Tanker 28 Engine 29 relocated to station 23 Northumberland County Engine 64 relocated to station 24
Scrap yard fire, 1855 Pottsville Street (Box 23-2)
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Engine 22 dispatched class one on the 23-2 box to 1855 Pottsville Street in Wiconisco Township at One Stop Recyling for a scrap yard fire. Engine 22 responded with 6 and Utility 22 with 3 and one member POV. On arrival Company 22 staged at the hydrant on Pottsville Street across from the Medco Building and prepared for water supply until released by Command 23.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide

Ice Storm Disables Emergency Communications System - Dauphin County, PA

Accident - Williamstown, PA

Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide

Ohio State Capitol Building Fire - Columbus, OH
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About four o'clock in the morning of Sunday, February 1, 1852, it was discovered that the old State House in Columbus, Ohio, was on fire. The watch first discovered the fire on the floor in the center of the Senate Chamber. This was nearly extinguished when it was also discovered that the timbers overhead and near the belfry were on fire. Soon, fire burst out through the roof, and the entire belfry was quickly in flames. The fire engines could not reach the fire, and it became evident that the old building in which the legislature of Ohio had met for the previous thirty-five years was doomed to destruction. The belfry, after burning brilliantly for a few minutes, came crashing down upon the floor of the Senate Chamber. The roof then gradually fell in, and the upper story of the building was a mass of flames. An effort was made to confine the fire to the Senate Chamber and upper rooms, but there was too much fire to be extinguished, and soon the flames reached the Hall of Representatives. The fire originated near the bell, in the cupola, and by dropping through to the Senate Chamber floor, spread rapidly to other parts of the building. The Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate rushed in as soon as they discovered the fire in that Chamber, and with much trouble, and by the assistance of others, succeeded in saving the official records of the Senate, and most of the valuable books, papers, and a part of the furniture. The furniture, carpets, books, records, and papers of the House were all saved by the timely and energetic efforts of the House officers, members, and citizens. An investigation as to the origin of the fire was made, under joint resolution, but came to no satisfactory conclusion. Circumstances strongly indicate that the origin was incendiary. The use of the old United States Courthouse was immediately tendered for the sittings of the Senate, and was accepted. The House was accommodated in Mr. Weil's Odeon Hall. At the beginning of the ensuing session, the Senate transferred its sittings to the Ambos Hall, which had been handsomely fitted up for its accommodation. The House continued to meet in the Odeon. Thus the two branches of the General Assembly were again brought near together, albeit obliged to communicate with one another by way of the street. This arrangement was resumed during the sessions of 1853-1854 and 1855-1856. In 1854-18555 no legislative session was held. In the winter of 1856-1857 the General Assembly convened for the first time in the new Capitol, which had already been under construction at the time of the fire.
Parliament House and Library Fire - Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Mayer and Stern Shoe Factory Fire - Philadelphia, PA
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Fire was discovered soon after 6 o'clock in the morning of February 1, 1881, in the six-story building occupied as a shoe factory by Mayer & Stern, at 212 and 214 Carters-alley, a small street running between Second and Third streets, below Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Three successive alarms brought a large force to the scene, but the fire continued to spread rapidly. Owing to the prevailing snowstorm, the narrowness or the alley, the great height of the buildings, and the network of telegraph wires, the firemen experienced much difficulty in getting to work. The flames quickly reached the adjoining eight-story brick building, 216 and 218 Carters-alley, and then spread right and left among a number of two and three story dwellings and shops in the same street. Fire then broke out in the five-story brick building at 123 Exchange-place. The falling walls demolished Kirchner's beer saloon at 119 Exchange-place, the adjoining structure at 121 Exchange-place. All of these places were destroyed before the fire was checked. Seven stories of the Carters-alley wall of the eight-story building fell with a terrific crash, but no one was hurt. Other high walls which were still stand?ng unsupported, had water forced against theit sides by the fire department to hasten their fall. The following were given as the losses by the various firms: Mayer & Stern Ladies'and children's shoes - $73,000; The Welkel & Smith Spice Company - $10,000; Samuel Larzelere, printer - $6.000; The Keystone Portable Forge Company - $9,000; Allen & Brothers, agricultural implement makers - $8,000; W.H.R. Joy, fancy printing - $2,500; R. Giffrey, bone and horn - $6.000; Scragle & Brothers, metal workers - $6.000. The buildings were all owned by John Rummell, Jr. He places his loss at $163,000. The amounts may be somewhat lower, but the overall total loss cannot fall below $200,000. Several hundred hands, many of them women, were thrown out of employment by the fire.
Red Tuesday Bushfire - Victoria, Australia

Grand Opera House Block Fire - Harrisburg, PA
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Ten buildings in the center of the business district of Harrisburg were destroyed or badly damaged by fire on February 1, 1907. The Grand Opera House block and the Duncan building were destroyed. The buildings damaged were the Park Hotel, Columbus Hotel, the United Telephone Company building, the Security Trust building, the Bijou Theater, Roshon's photograph studio, the College block, and the Harrisburg Gas Company building. Several other buildings also received damage. The fire started from an explosion in the Pyne's hat store in the Opera House block around 2 a.m. Within an hour, it had destroyed the playhouse and stores in the building and had leaped across to the west side of Third Street to the Columbus Hotel and College block. An hour after the fire started, the Post Office had to suspend business. At 3:30 a.m., Mayor Gross called Lancaster, Carlisle, and Mechanicsburg and asked them to prepare to send assistance. Their response was quick, but their assistance was not needed. The fire was brought under control at 4:30 a.m. During the fire, one person had to be rescued from one of the upper windows of the opera house. It was a man from New York. He fainted and was taken to the Harrisburg Hospital. He was not badly hurt. The loss from the fire was estimated at $1,000,000.
Joelma Building Fire - S?o Paulo, Brazil
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On February 1, 1974, an air conditioning unit on the 12th floor of a 25-story office building at 225 Avenida 9 de Julho in S?o Paulo, Brazil, overheated and caught fire. The fire was discovered around 8:50 a.m. The building was constructed and filled with flammable materials, and the entire building was engulfed in flames within twenty minutes. Almost all of the building was occupied by a single banking company, Banco Crefisul S/A. There were 756 people in the building. The stairwell became blocked by flames. Rescuers couldn't go higher than the 11th floor. Approximately 170 people went to the roof during the fire. Around three hundred people were evacuated using the elevators, before conditions within the building made it impossible to continue their use. Some people climbed out onto ledges to escape the heat, smoke, and flames. Desperate to escape, forty people jumped, or fell, off the building - some while trying to reach out-of-reach rescue ladders. Fire crews held up signs that said, "Remain Calm! The fire is Out!" to try to convince them not to jump. All forty who jumped were killed, thirty of whom died after the fire was already out. By 10:30 a.m., the fire subsided. Two hours later, it had consumed all flammables and simply burned itself out. Medical teams, fire crews, and police were then able to enter the building and search for survivors. Eighty people were found alive on the roof. However, 179 people were found dead, and 293 people were injured.
Plant Shoe Factory Fire - Boston, MA
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Thomas G. Plant, a shoe inventor from Maine, had a large factory building built on Centre Street in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston, Massachusetts in the late 19th century. At its height, the factory employed 4,000 workers. Before World War I, he sold it to United Shoe Co., which ran it into the 1950?s. After the shoemaking ended, the huge building became home to many small businesses, art studios, and apartments. On the rainy Sunday night of February 1, 1976, an arsonist managed to turn off the sprinkler system and start fires at various points throughout the building. The alarm was sounded from Box 2411 at 9:29 p.m., with additional alarms sounded at 9:36, 9:53, 10:40, and 10:58. Numerous special calls brought the following apparatus: Engine Companies 14, 12, 28, 37, 24, 42, 26, 3, 53, 9, 43, 21, 34, 2, 55, 8, 51, 32, 10, 25, 20, 18, 30, 50, 40, 49, 33, 16, 29, 22, 52, 7, Brookline Engine 7, 17, 45, 11, 5, Malden Tower, Cambridge Tower, 36, 4, 56, 48, Newton Engine 3 and Cambridge Engine 4, Ladder Companies 10, Aerial Tower 2, 30, 4, 18, Aerial Tower 1, 23, 11, 29 and 13 along with Rescue Co. 2. For the first time in the city?s history all but one of Boston?s engine companies were at a single fire with additional apparatus called in from surrounding communities, while twenty-three Metropolitan Boston municipalities manned Boston?s firehouses. By the time the first engines arrived on the scene, the entire building was aflame. Bright orange flames raged for a long time causing an orange-and-red glow in the sky, with tongues of flame shooting up to 200 feet many times during the night. The 80-foot brick walls crashed down into the street. The fire was controlled by the next morning, with the all-out for the box at 11:04 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3rd. The fire had gone to five alarms and caused $1,000,000 damage. There were no serious injuries, and the fire had been confined to the factory, but all personal property of the occupants was lost. The box was dispatched again at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4th and remained in effect until the all-out was sounded at 10:38 p.m. on Thursday, February 5th. However, units remained on the scene until operations were terminated on Saturday, February 7th at 11:00 a.m.
Aisin Seiki Co.'s Factory No. 1 Fire - Kariya, Japan
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A fire started before dawn at Toyota-subsidiary Aisin Seiki Co.'s Factory No. 1 in Kariya, Japan on February 1, 1997. Aisin Seiki was the main supplier of brake fluid proportioning valves for Toyota cars. The cause of the fire is unknown. It was out by 9 a.m., after burning more than 86,000 square feet of the plant. Because of Toyota's just-in-time inventory, parts were delivered to the car factory hours before being installed. The loss of Aisin's parts supply caused Toyota to shut down its factories until replacement parts were obtained a few days later.
Power Plant Fire - Dearborn, MI

Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster - over Texas
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The entire seven member crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia was killed on February 1, 2003, when the shuttle disintegrated over Texas during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere. An investigation into the accident revealed that a hole had been punctured in the leading edge on one of Columbia's wings. The hole resulted when a piece of insulating foam from the external fuel tank fell off during the launch 16 days earlier, puncturing the edge of the wing. Hot gases penetrated the interior of the wing, destroying the support structure and causing the rest of the shuttle to break apart during the intense heat of re-entry.
Fireworks Factory Explosion - Zeytimburnu, Turkey

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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.
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