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1904
Fire, Fisher & Jones Paper Mill
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Fire alarm sounded from the Fisher and Jones Paper Mill at 4 o'clock AM on February 11, 1904. Liberty Hose Company responded and found the east end of the building engulfed in flames. Connections were made at two plugs, but they were found to be frozen. One was thawed open with hot water. A stream was soon going and the fire was put out. The exact cause of the fire, which started at the calendar rolls, is not known, as the accounts of the affair by those working in that section all differ. Damage was $1,700, fully covered by insurance.
1912
Fire, William Zerby property
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Fire alarm sounded at 7:30 on February 11, 1912. Fire broke out at the property of William [G.] Zerby, North Street. The company responded with both carts and ladder truck and made one connection at the corner of North and Pine Streets. No water was used. No damage.
1934
Chimney Fire, Carsnitz, West Main Street

1934
Chimney Fire, Messner Home, North Street

1973
Structure Fire, 500-Block North 2nd St
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On a Sunday afternoon, Company 22 received an alarm for a house fire at the White residence on North Second Street. Companies 22 and 23 responded and were on scene with a working fire. There were a couple of rooms off. While heavily involved at that scene, people came running telling of a garage burning in the alley between Main and South Second Streets, to the rear of the carriage house. Tom Welker was observing near Engine-22 and Earl "Grass" Buffington told him to get on the radio and call for Elizabethville and Williamstown to respond to the garage fires. Looking over the tops of the houses towards the area of the reported garage fire, you could easily see the growing column of smoke. See the garage fire incident for more details.
1973
Garage Fire, Kolvick's
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On a Sunday afternoon, while Companies 22 and 23 were fighting a house fire on North Second Street, a garage fire was reported in the alley between Main and South Second Streets, behind the carriage house. With Lykens and Wiconisco companies occupied at the house fire, Elizabethville and Williamstown were called to handle this fire. Tom Welker, a member of Elizabethville fire company living in Lykens, was observing the North Second Street fire when the garage fire was reported. He ran back toward the garage fire. It was Kolvick's garage and the fire was blowing across the alley. A second garage next to Kolvick's was begining to burn. Tom stopped at his house on South Second Street and grabbed his gear from his car and awaited the arrival of Engine-21, a 1964 Hahn. Their assignment was to hit the hydrant across the street from his parents' house (Chal Welker's) on South Second Street. When Engine-21 arrived, Tom joined the crew. As connection was being made to the hydrant, several of the crew hand jacked a 2-inch line toward the fire, which was about half a block away. Williamstown arrived, having hit a hydrant on Market Street and coming in from the east side. The two companied got water to their nozzles at about the same time. A quick conference between officers directed Williamstown to the original garage fire, while the Elizabethville crew took the second one. A quick knockdown of the fire was made. Tom's most vivid memory of that incident was when he was about the third or fourth guy in line behind the nozzle: First Assistant Chief Jacque Wertz was trying to get the line turned further west and for some reason was not getting his point communicated to the front two guys. He jumped in front of the line and pointed his finger and said, "This way!" As the line turned, the stream caught the brim of his white helmet and knocked it off his head. It rolled almost to Main Street.
2005
Relocate, Sacramento Fire Station (Box 13-01)
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Engine 22 and Tanker 22 were requested to relocate to Schuylkill County, Sacramento Fire Company's Station 14. Company 14, along with Dauphin County Companies 23, 24, 26, 27, Northumberland Company 65, Schuylkill Companies 13, 14, 10, 21, 650, 810 and others were working at a coal breaker fire at the Kocher Coal Company at 978 Gap Road. Engine 22 responded with a crew of five. Tanker 22 did not have a driver and was replaced. Engine 22 was eventually released by Schuylkill County and returned to quarters.
2007
Chimney fire, Lenker Drive (Box 24-3)
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Truck 22 was dispatched on a 24-3 box, along with Company 24 and Engine 23, for a report of a chimney fire on Lenker Drive in Williams Township. Truck 22 responded with a crew of seven, and was canceled by Chief 24 shortly after responding.
2008
Structure Fire, 175 Honeymoon Trail Rd (Box 27-2)
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Company 27 was originally dispatched to Honeymoon Trail Road in Lykens Township for a reported chimney fire. Chief 27 responded POV, along with Engine, Rescue, and Tanker 27. Upon the Chief's arrival, he requested that the full box be dispatched for a working fire. The home was a double wide modular, with a gabled roof over the original tin roof, and a one-story addition added. The first alarm assignment brought Berrysburg Squad 26, Klingerstown Engine and Tanker 65, Lykens Truck 22, and Schuylkill Engine 1410 and Tanker 1430 from Sacramento, along with EMS from Medic 6. Truck 22 responded with a crew of seven, and was directed to the C/D corner by command and instructed to set up and go to the roof for ventilation. The crew cut three 8 foot holes in the roof and pulled about a half dozen roof vents off to assist interior crews by providing ventilation. Extensive overhaul was needed, as the fire was running the gap between the gabled roof trusses and the original tin roof below. Company 27 members went up through a hatchway from below to work the area between the two roofs, while the Company 22 crew was performing the ventilation. Large sections of the roof trusses were burned through, with a portion of the roof rendered unstable. The crew dug through the openings and pulled embers and charred areas out and soaked them with water. After control was marked, the crew tarped the openings in the roof, and secured the tarps with furring strips and nails to hold them in place. Truck 22 was then placed available by command.
2011
Basement Fire, 239 East Broad Street (Box 24-1)
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Companies 24, 23, 66, and Truck 22 dispatched class 1 to 239 East Broad Street in Williamstown for a reported basement fire. Homeowner was thawing pipes with a torch and some insulation caught fire. Truck 22 responded with 5 and Chief 22 POV. Tanker 24 responded with 6 and on their arrival, held the box to their Tanker and Truck 22. The Truck arrived on side A, and assisted 24 with ventilation of the structure with the PPV fan, then were placed available by command.
2018
Oven Fire, 6128 Route 209 (Box 21-6)
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The 21-6 box dispatched class one to 6128 Route 209 in Washington Township for an oven fire. This brought companies 21, 22, and 23 along with EMS from Medic 6. Chief 23 responded to the scene which was less then a mile from his home. Truck 22 responded with 7 along with Engine 23 and Engine, Rescue, Tanker and Utility 21. Truck 22 arrived on scene and took the address and sent a crew interior with a can where they were met by Chief 23. He reported the fire was contained to the oven and had crew from 22 and 23 carry the stove out on to the back porch. Company 21 arrived and Chief 21-2 took command. The Truck crew set up a PPV fan to vent out a slight haze in the home. This was followed by crews checking the residence for CO levels which were found to be high. Further ventilation throughout the rest of the home was handled with negative pressure until the levels came down. Engine 22 stood by in quarters with 4. Command then released all units and the Truck went available.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


2007
Vehicle Accident - Eldred Twp, Schuylkill Co, PA
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A single-vehicle accident occurred on Taylorsville Mountain Road near Pitman on February 11, 2007. The driver of a 2003 Chevrolet lost control of the vehicle while going around a curve in the road. The vehicle slid off the road, struck a tree, spun, and struck another tree.
2008
Vehicle Accident - Hegins, PA

2008
Vehicle Accident - Route 25 - Upper Paxton Twp., Dauphin Co., PA

Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1893
Lykens Ohio Fire - Lykens, OH
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The town of Lykens, Ohio, in Crawford County, was almost destroyed by fire on February 11, 1893. The Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias halls and the other large halls in the town were burned. The loss was about $30,000. During the fire, Henry Moore and Fred Vollmer were seriously burned by explosions of gasoline and powder.
1965
Madrid-Barcelona Express Train Fire - Zaragoza, Spain

1967
Grand Hotel Fire - Joliet, IL

1981
Las Vegas Hilton Fire - Las Vegas, NV
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On the night of February 11, 1981, just 90 days after the devastating MGM Grand fire, an arson fire started at the Las Vegas Hilton while it was ironically being retrofitted with modern fire safety equipment. Firefighters, using the knowledge they had learned from the MGM fire, used local television networks to notify people to stay in their rooms and not go out to the halls and stairwells. Because of the lessons learned, only eight people died in this fire compared with the 85 people who died in the MGM Grand fire. In 1982, Philip Cline was sentenced to eight life-sentences for his role in starting the fire.

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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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