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1978
Stand By, Elizabethville
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Liberty Hose Company No. 2 stood by in Elizabethville while Elizabethville's fire company was fighting a barn fire. The barn was on the property of Floyd D. Feidt, in Washington Township. It was destroyed by fire shortly before 5AM, having been fully engulfed by flames before the arrival of the fire companies. The fire was under control at 6:30AM, and units were on the scene until 9:30AM. Reliance Hose Company No. 1 of Elizabethville was assisted by the Millersburg Fire Company. Liberty Hose Company No. 2 of Lykens stood by in Company 21?s firehouse.
1994
Structure Fire, 510 Market St (Box 22-11)

1997
CO Alarm, 316 North Street (Box 24-11)

2002
Truck Fire, Minnichs Hit Rd (Box 216-8)
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Engine 22 was dispatched to a truck on fire on the Minnichs Hit Road in Jackson Township. The engine responded and found a logging truck on fire, fully involved. Command requested the assistance of Tankers 22 and 23, which responded to assist. The fire was extinguished before spreading to the surrounding wooded area. A PSP fire marshall was contacted.
2006
Building Collapse, 240 East Market Street (Box 24-1)
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Truck-22 was dispatched to Williamstown for a possible building collapse - report of a ceiling in a second floor apartment that had fallen. Truck-22 responded with a crew of seven and staged on side-2 of the building. The truck was placed available by command shortly after arrival.
2007
Road Hazard, Main and Lehr Streets (Box 22-2)
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At the request of Lieutenant 22-1 on scene, Engine 22 was dispatched class 3 to the 900 block of Main Street where a tractor trailer had failed to make the turn on to Lehr Street and was obstructing traffic. The trailer was hung up and partially tipped over while balancing on a snow bank. Engine 22 responded with a crew of four. The crew set up flares and controlled traffic around the obstruction until the trailer was cleared from the bank by the operator.
2018
Chimney Fire, 717 Mountain Street (Box 23-1)
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Company 23 and Truck 22 dispatched class one to 717 Mountain Street in Wiconisco Township for a chimney fire. Engine and Rescue 23 responded along with Chief 23. Truck 22 responded with 7, Engine 22 added on with 4 and Utility 22 with 2. On arrival of a 2 1/2 story single family wood frame structure the Truck took the address while crew from Engine 23 advanced hand lines to the front door and sent members inside to investigate. Engine 22 and Utility 22 arrived and staged behind the Truck and assisted with ladders. A crew from the truck went to the roof while 23 worked the interior. Chains and brushes and eventually water was run through the chimney in order to clear it. Company 22 remained on scene assisting until released by Command 23.
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Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1846
Spencer Mine Explosion - Pottsville, PA

1881
Uncle Tim Hart Fire - New Britain, CT
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On February 19, 1881, an old man named Timothy Hart was discovered on fire in a field near New Britain, Connecticut. Familiarly known as "Uncle Tim Hart", he had been living with Elam Slater on his farm at New Britain. On that day, Tim set off with Elam on a sled to get a load of firewood, stopping in the kitchen to light his pipe before he left. It was a very cold day. Elam was in the front driving the oxen and Tim was in the back. At one point, Elam said something to Tim, and receiving no reply, he turned to look at him and noticed he was not on the sled. Meanwhile, a surveying team noticed a smell of burning wool and began to search for the source. A half mile later, they discovered Uncle Tim - a man on fire - in a field, with his upper clothing burned off, his trousers nearly all consumed, and his stockings burning in his boots. Smoke rolled up around him, and there was patches of burning cloth sticking to his flesh. His skin was charred, shriveled, and cracked, and the old man was helpless with fright and exhaustion. The surveyors stripped the burning clothing from him. It was 0?F, they wrapped him in their coats and took him to the nearest house, a half mile away, and put him to bed. A doctor was summoned to attend to him. Tim said that he caught fire when attempting to light his pipe. He could not explain why he left the sled or didn't ask for help from Elam. He probably thought the fire was inconsequential and got off the sled to put it out himself. But, by the time he realized how serious it was, Elam was too far away, and he became paralyzed by terror.
1905
Wholesale District Fire - Indianapolis, IN
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A fire that started in the wholesale millinery house of Fahrley & McCrea, on South Meredian Street, in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the early morning of February 19, 1905, wiped out eight buildings in forty-five minutes. Every fire engine in the city and surrounding suburbs responded to the three general alarms. By the time the first fire company arrived, the millinery was almost destroyed and fire began to spread to adjoining and near by buildings. The Kiefer Drug Company's building, St. Nicholas Hotel, Griffiths Brothers millinery house, Delmetsch & Co. building, United States Express Company warerooms, Sherman House, and the Savoy Hotel caught fire. The occupants of the hotels escaped without injury. The west wall of the millinery where the fire started, which faced Jackson Place, across from Union Station, fell within thirty minutes after the fire started. One firefighter received a broken leg and hundreds of spectators in front of Union Station narrowly escaped without injury. The flames spread across Louisiana Street and caught the roof of the Union Station train sheds on fire. The firemen extinguished that roof fire and saved the building. Bursts of flame and burning embers, which shot skyward as a result of explosions from chemicals in the Delmetsch and Kiefer buildings, made the fire a spectacular one. Within forty five minutes after the fire starting, eight buildings were destroyed and the firemen turned their attention to keeping the fire from spreading. The Grand Hotel, the largest hotel in Indiana, caught fire, but the flames were extinguished, with a loss of only $2,000. The total loss from the fire was estimated at $1,100,000.

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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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