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

1993
Structure Fire, Darkhill Rd/Matter (Box 27-51)

1996
CO Detector, 219 Tunnel St (Box 24-11)

2003
Structure Fire, 1615 N. River Road (Box 29-4)
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Tanker-22 was dispatched to assist at a structure fire at the Red Rose Motel in Halifax Township. The tanker responded with two personnel, arrived on scene, and staged. The tanker was released by command without dropping any water. The fire started in Unit 10 in the bed, and was caused by a person smoking. Arriving companies found the place fully involved. It was a total loss. Two civilians were transported to Harrisburg Hospital for smoke inhalation. They were treated and released. Very icy conditions were present and PennDot was special called to take care of this. The fire was under control at 11:38AM. Damage was estimated at one million dollars. Numerous hand lines and tower streams were used. Units responding were: Chief 29, Truck 20, MICU 6-5, Ambulance 20-1, Engine 29, Engine 26, Tanker 21, Engine 21, Perry Engine 21, Tanker 20, Engine 38, Squad 29, Engine 20, Engine 216, Perry Tanker 92, Perry Tanker 22, Engine 37-1, Engine 37, Ladder 32, Tanker 29, MICU 6-3, Tanker 22, Ambulance 20-2, Tanker 26, Squad 26,Rescue 21, PennDot, Red Cross, and the Fire Marshall. It was a second alarm fire. Companies were on the scene for three hours.
2007
Automatic Fire Alarm, 1517 Rt 209 - Pro Plastics (Box 20-1)
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Truck 22 was dispatched as next due for Truck 20 on an automatic fire alarm at the Pro Plastics Plant Building #1 at 1517 Route 209 in Upper Paxton Township. Truck 22 went responding with a crew of seven, but was canceled moments later when Truck 20 went responding.
2010
Medical Assist, 245 South Second Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 dispatched to 245 South Second Street in Lykens to assist EMS on a reported cardiac arrest call. Truck 22 responded with 5 and the 3 chiefs responded POV. On arrival, crew was advised by EMS that there was no medical emergency at the dispatched address, and the Truck went available.
2010
Brush fire, Rear of 559 North 2nd Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 and Brush 23 dispatched to the area near the rear of the old Lykens School in the 500 block of North Second Street in Lykens Boro for a reported brush fire. Chief 22 and 22-1 responded POV to the scene, and as Engine 22 was responding with 6, Chief 22-1 placed the box in service. Someone was burning wood in a fire pit and a neighbor saw the smoke and flames and reported it.
2013
Smoke in a Structure, 211 North Tunnel Street (Box 24-1)
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Companies 24, 23, 22 and Schuylkill 647 dispatched class one to 211 North Tunnel Street in Williamstown for smoke in a structure. The caller reported smoke in the basement. Truck 22 responded with 7, and on arrival side A set up and prepared to ladder the building, a 2 and 1/2 story single family dwelling, while crews from Tanker 24 went interior to check the basement. Investigation found problems with the furnace pipes in the basement and 24's crew checked the rest of the building and found nothing. Command held the box to company 24 and released the truck.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


2007
Hegins Structure Fire - Hegins Twp, Schuylkill Co, PA
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A working residential structure fire occurred in a two-story home in Hegins, Pennsylvania, around 1 o'clock in the morning of February 5, 2007. Fire companies arrived at the home and found smoke and flames showing. It was very cold night for the firefighters, with temperatures below 0?F.
2008
Medical Assist - Elizabethville, PA

2008
Medical Assist - Armstrong Valley Road - Jackson Twp., Dauphin Co., PA

2008
CO Alarm - Kocher Lane - Washington Twp., Dauphin Co., PA

Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1783
Southern Italy Earthquake - Italy
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A massive earthquake in southern Italy destroyed villages and triggered a tsunami and landslides on February 5, 1783. In all, about 34,000 people lost their lives and 180 communities were destroyed. The estimated 7.5 to 8.0-magnitude quake struck in the Calabria province at about 1 p.m. Within a minute, over 100 villages were leveled throughout the region. In several cases, communities were literally wiped away with no survivors or standing structures remaining. The quake also produced an uncommon number of fractures in the Earth?s surface. In one case, a mile-long ravine, nearly 100 feet wide, was instantly created. According to one report, more than 100 goats fell into another crack in the earth. A witness also claimed that "two mountains on the opposite sides of a valley walked from their original position until they met in the middle of the plain, and there joining together, they intercepted the course of a river." New lakes appeared across the region. Several hundred people from the town of Scilla survived the initial quake and fled to a nearby beach for shelter. Many then drowned when a second tremor at midnight prompted a tsunami. The tsunami also killed thousands of people in Reggio di Calabria and Messina, towns that sit opposite each other across the strait between Calabria and Sicily. The misery continued across southern Italy and Sicily for the remainder of the winter. With food supplies disrupted, the survivors were at risk of starvation. In addition, another quake on March 28th killed another 2,000 people. Including aftershocks and the indirect effects of the earthquakes, a total of 80,000 people died in the earthquake of 1783.
1881
Troy Fire - Troy, NY
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About 11 o'clock on the night of February 5, 1881, a fire broke out in the cellar of the building occupied by Isadore Markstone as a boot and shoe stand at River and State streets in Troy, New York. The fire spread quickly to Patrick O'Brien's harness store, Mrs. Carr's millinery store, Smith's plumbing establishment, and two stories of the buildings which were occupied by families. Hartsfield's fancy goods store, Gaffney's furnishing goods store, Howell's picture frame factory, and a club-room, were, along with their contents, damaged. Five women living in the upper stories of the Markstone building were forced by the flames to flee to the roof and were rescued by the firemen with ladders.
1969
Banko Paradise Hotel Fire - Tokyo, Japan

1971
Bus Accident - Ibjar, Iran
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A bus ran off a roadway near Ibjar, in western Iran, on February 5, 1971. It plunged into a deep gorge, killing 30 people and injuring 24 others.
2008
Kr?mmel Nuclear Power Plant Fire - Geesthacht, Germany


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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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