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

1909
Fire, Mrs. James Rettinger property
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Fire alarm sounded Thursday night, February 2, 1909, at 9:10 PM. Fire broke out at the property of Mrs. James Rettinger on North Street. The company responded with both carts and attached to the plug on North Street and No. 2 cart attached on North Second Street. There was quite a bit of damage done to the property, but covered with insurance.
1960
Structure Fire, Charles Watkins

2000
CO Alarm, 403 South Second St (Box 22-1)

2000
Structure Fire, 655 North Second St (Box 22-1)

2007
Automatic Fire Alarm, 683 Main Street (Box 22-2)
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Companies 22 and 23 were dispatched for an automatic fire alarm at the Northern Dauphin Library at 683 Main Street. A child had pulled the alarm system's hand pull and there was no fire. County dispatch advised responding Chief 22-1, John Shultz, that it recieved confirmation from Ann Bruner at the Library that it was a false trip, so he placed the box in service prior to any apparatus responding.
2011
Pole fire, 624 North Second Sttreet (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 dispatched class 3 to an electrical pole on fire in front of 624 North Second Street in Lykens. Engine 22 responded with 6, and on arrival found that the fire was out. Command relayed the pole number to the comm center to give to PP&L, and went available.
2014
Smoke in a Structure, 210 Church Street (Box S.C.)
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Truck 22 dispatched class one to 210 Church Street in Muir, Porter Township, for a report of smoke in a structure. Truck 22 went enroute with 4, and was canceled while enroute by command 650.
2018
Structure Fire, 814 Summit Street (Box 20-1)
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Truck 22 dispatched class one as next due Truck on the 20-1 box for a structure fire at 814 Summit Street in Millersburg Boro. As the Truck was responding with 7 it was placed in service by command.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


2007
Vehicle Accident - Hegins Twp, Schuylkill Co, PA
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A two vehicle accident occurred on February 2, 2007, on Route 25 in Fountain, Hegins Township, Schuylkill County. The driver of an SUV traveling west lost control wile passing a tractor trailer. The SUV struck the tractor trailer and skidded onto the berm of the roadway. The trailer suffered minor damage, but the SUV was severely damaged and had to be towed from the scene.
2007
Vehicle Accident - Hegins Twp, Schuylkill Co, PA
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The driver of an SUV travelling east on Route 25 in Fountain, Hegins Township, Schuylkill County, on February 2, 2007, lost control on the snow covered roadway and skidded 90 feet, went off the north side of the roadway, crossed the road agian and sheared off a utility pole on the south side of the roadway, and then skidded an additional 120 feet before coming to a stop. The driver was not injured.
2007
Vehicle Accident - Specktown Road - Lykens Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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On February 2, 2007, at 5:10 p.m., the Gratz fire company was dispatched for a vehicle accident at 400 Specktown Road in Lykens Township. Chief 27-1 arrived on the scene to find a single Ford Explorer that had slid off the roadway and struck a telephone pole. The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle. He was treated for minor injuries and arrested on the scene for driving under the influence of alcohol.
2007
Vehicle Accident - North Crossroads Road - Lykens Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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On February 2, 2007, at 5:12 p.m., the Gratz fire company was dispatched to 1080 North Crossroads Road in Lykens Township, for a vehicle accident. Chief 27-1 arrived on the scene to find a 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck that had struck ice, slid off the roadway, and gone down an embankment. The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle and was uninjured. Rescue 27 was placed available by Chief 27-1 at 5:33 p.m.
2007
Vehicle Accident - Erdman Road - Lykens Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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The Gratz fire company was dispatched at 9:31 p.m. on February 2, 2007, to assist Engine 65 (Klingerstown) at the scene of a vehicle accident at 1150 Erdman Road in Lykens Township. Chief 27 placed the box available at 9:35, and the incident was handled by Engine 65.
2007
Vehicle Accident - Route 325 - Rush Twp, Dauphin Co, PA

2007
Engine 66 Accident - Rush Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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While en route to an accident scene in Rush Township, Dauphin County, on February 2, 2007, the 1972 Imperial fire engine of the West End Volunteer Fire Company, of Sheridan, Porter Township, Schuylkill County, slid on the snow and ice covered roadway of Route 325, went through the guardrails, and struck a tree. A 15-year-old sustained minor injuries in the crash, but the driver and another passenger were not hurt. The fire engine had to be towed from the scene.
2007
Vehicle Accident - Upper Augusta Twp, Northumberland Co, PA
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A driver lost control of a vehicle on a snow covered roadway in Upper Augusta Township, Northumberland County, on February 2, 2007. The vehicle crossed the roadway, struck a guardrail, and rolled down an embankment.
Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1798
Federal Street Theater Fire - Boston, MA
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The Federal Street Theater in Boston, Massachusetts was destroyed by fire on February 2, 1798, making it the first theater in the United States to be destroyed by fire.
1887
First Groundhog Day - Punxsutawney, PA
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Although the earliest known reference to Groundhog Day was in 1841 and Pennsylvania's official celebration of Groundhog Day began on February 2, 1886, the first trip to Gobbler's Knob was made on February 2, 1887.
1897
Pennsylvania State Capitol Building Fire - Harrisburg, PA
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A fire which started shortly after noon on February 2, 1897, destroyed the capitol building of Pennsylvania. During the morning session of the Senate, smoke was smelled, but could not be traced, and little heed was given to it. Shortly before 1 o'clock, as the President of the Senate was rapping that body to order, a puff of smoke made its way into the Chamber. A little excitement followed, but as the Capitol has frequently been visited by slight fires since its erection, and as the building's employees have never had any trouble in putting them out, it was thought that the smoke could be traced to its source and the fire extinguished with a bucket or two of water. Chief Clerk Smiley improvised a hasty bucket brigade, made up of Senate attach?s and Senators. This amateur fire force traced the fire to the magnificent apartments of Lieutenant Governor Lyon, on the floor above the Senate Chamber. An axe speedily shivered the woodwork, and a column of flame shot out. The efforts of the bucket brigade were useless, as the dry timbers composing the rafters and joists of the building burned rapidly, and the fire ate its way downward and through the ceiling into the Senate Chamber. Then someone called the city Fire Department, but in the excitement a box was struck which did not summon the firemen to the Capitol. This further delay gave the fire opportunity to spread. When it seemed that the building was in serious danger the Senate attach?s turned their attention to saving the Senate and State records and the handsome furniture, and before this work was completed many of the men were laboring at the risk of their lives in a stifling atmosphere and amidst falling brands. In the opposite wing of the building the House had been about to reconvene at the same time as the Senate. Only an ordinary interest was at first given by the Assemblymen and the people in the gallery to the smell of smoke and the excitement and bustle in the rotunda. By the time the people in the House had realized the seriousness of the situation, they were in peril of their lives. The flames and smoke made their way into the Chamber and drove the throng headlong before them. So rapid was their advance that some, people had no time to even make their escape by the doors, but were compelled to jump from the windows to the ground. This was the case with the legislative reporters of the United Associated Presses. Not thinking the danger so imminent as it was, they remained in the rotunda, filing bulletins at the Western Union Telegraph office. While at this work, scaffolding which had been used by painters who were decorating the dome fell with a crash. To save their lives both men jumped from a window and escaped with slight injury. By the time the city Fire Department had arrived on the scene, the flames were pouring through the roof of the building. A driving snowstorm and a strong northwest wind doomed the building to destruction. The firemen could do nothing, and soon the great dome of the structure crashed downward. The firemen then turned their attention to saving adjoining department buildings, and in this they were successful. Within an hour and a half after the fire broke out, the capitol building was in ruins. No one was killed. Quite a number of people were cut and bruised or half smothered by smoke. The most valuable of the State and legislative records which were in the building were saved, but the records and statistics of the Department of Public Instruction, which Included much Valuable information bearing upon the public schools of the State, were destroyed. The total loss is estimated at nearly a million dollars. The origin of the fire is unknown. The Legislature found a temporary home: the Senate in the rooms of the Supreme Court, and the House in the United States District Court, in the Post Office Building.
1973
Coast to Coast Hardware Store Fire - Eagle Grove, IA

1976
New Plaza Hotel Fire - Harrisburg, PA
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At 11:50 p.m. on the sub-zero temperature night of February 2, 1976, a fire was discovered on the second floor of the New Plaza Hotel, at 423 Market Street in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The fire raced through the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors, destroying the old hotel. More than sixty people were saved by the efforts of the Harrisburg Fire Department and mutual aid fire companies.
2006
Ferryboat Fire - Red Sea, near Safaga, Egypt
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A fire was discovered on board the Egyptian passenger ferry, al-Salam Boccaccio 98, on February 2, 2006, while traveling on the Red Sea from Duba, Saudi Arabia, to Safaga, Egypt, with 220 vehicles, 1,312 passengers, and 96 crew members aboard. There are conflicting reports on the origin of the fire. Some witnesses say they saw smoke coming from the engine room. Other reports indicate that the fire started in a truck on the car deck. Passengers were sent to the deck of the ship while the crew fought the fire. It was reported that the fire was controlled, but then started again. The ship listed as the crew fought the fire. It is reported that the ship sank within ten minutes. Possible causes for the ship sinking include: filling with sea water as the crew fought the fire, possible water leak through a vehicle bay door, recent modifications caused unstability which caused the top-heavy ship to blow over in the strong Red Sea winds, or the surging sea may have caused a vehicle to break loose and puncture a hole in the side of the ship. 378 people were pulled out of the sea alive. More than 1,000 people died.

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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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