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2000
Smoke in Structure, Kimmels Coal Co (Box 23-3)

2004
Structure Fire, 113 Market Street (Box 24-1)
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Truck 22 was dispatched for a reported stove fire in the Borough of Williamstown, at 113 West Market Street. The truck responded with five personnel. Upon arrival, the truck was assigned to the rear of the structure, instructed to set up behind the Williamstown American Legion, and to ventilate the building that was on fire two doors up from there. The crew arrived to find a three-story structure to the rear and a four-story structure in front with extremely heavy smoke pouring from the rear second floor and eaves. Truck personnel laddered the rear of structure and proceeded to vent the rear portion of a second-story addition. After ventilation, personnel assisted hose teams with fire extinguishment in this area. Truck personnel then proceeded to ventilate the main roof using a trench cut on the East side of side-3, followed by another vent cut on the roof of a rear second-floor addition. Truck personnel continued to assist other personnel in salvage and overhaul on the second floor interior of the main fire building. Tanker 22 was dispatched on an additional alarm to provide water shuttle to Engine 66 operating to the rear on side 3 of the burning building. Engine 22 was dispatched on a special call for the thermal imaging camera, and upon arrival engine personnel entered the first floor of the structure to locate hidden pockets of fire. All Company 22 personnel assisted with additional salvage and overhaul of structure before being released by command.
2009
Tree down, 100-Block North Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 was alerted to respond class three for a tree down in the 100 block of North Street. Chief 22 responded POV, and found borough employees handling the cleanup. Chief 22 called the station by phone and placed the company in service.
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1905
Hoosac Tunnel Piers Fire - Charlestown, MA
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The Hoosac Tunnel Piers in Charleston, Massachusetts, were destroyed by fire on February 21, 1905. The fire started at 1:30 a.m. on Pier 4 of the Hoosac Tunnel Wharves, on Water Street. The wharf was filled with valuable imported goods. The steamship Philadelphian was docked and caught fire. Her crew jumped overboard. She escaped total destruction by being towed away from the pier. The ship Dalton Hall also burned. A fifth alarm brought the greater part of fire apparatus of the city of Boston to the scene. Two fire boats were also on the scene throwing water on the flames. By 2:25 a.m., piers 3 and 4 had been destroyed. The loss of the docks is estimated at $400,000, while the damage to the Philadelphian and merchandise will bring the total loss up to about $1,000,000. Five people were injured severely enough to require hospital treatment. The fire was believed to have been started by spontaneous combustion, but there was a question of the possibility of arson.
1917
Train Explosion - Chirurcha, Romania

1985
New York Bronze Powders Co. Wwarehouse Fire - Elizabeth, NJ

2000
Structure Fire - Branch Twp, Schuylkill Co, PA
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A fire broke out in a small two-story building on Stein Road in Branch Township, Schuylkill County, near Llewellyn on February 21, 2000, destroying local artist Martin T. Heffron's worhksop. Good Intent Fire Company of Llewellyn, Phoenix Park Community Fire Company, and Citizens Fire Company of Branchdale responded around 8:30 p.m. The second floor was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, and all they could do was contain and extinguish the fire. The fire seemed to have started near a Heatrola. Heffron is well-known throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania for his sculptures and paintings depicting the history of the anthracite region. Among his work are murals - notably one in Minersville near the corner of Sunbury Street and South Delaware Avenue, the miners' memorial sculpture in Forest City, the sculptured bust of retired Gen. George A. Joulwan in Pottsville's Garfield Square, and painting restorations in Minersville's Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. At the time of the fire, Heffron was working on high-relief figures of the Pope, Christ, and others for a church in Scranton. It was lost in the flames.
2003
Port Mobile Oil Facility Fire - Staten Island, NY
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On February 21, 2003, Bouchard Transportation's Barge 125 was offloading gasoline at Port Mobil on Arthur Kill, an oil depot in Staten Island. The barge arrived in the early morning hours began offloading its cargo around 2 a.m. By 10 a.m., more than four million gallons - half of the load - had been offloaded. At 10:10 a.m., a worker in a shed on the shore heard a loud grinding or whirring noise from the pump and opened his door to look out just as an explosion occurred. Chunks of metal went flying into the air, a searing heat wave and blast force knocked people down, shattered windows, and unhinged doors for miles around. The gasoline erupted into flames, and the dock worker suffered third-degree burns over 15 percent of his body - face, arms, and hands as he tried to beat out the fire on his clothing. The 200-foot barge sank quickly with its captain, a lone crew member, and half its cargo aboard. Smoke from the fire was visible in Trenton, 35 miles to the southwest. Firefighters arrived quickly and contained the blaze, preventing it from igniting any of the 39 storage tanks at the facility, which had a total storage capacity of 2.9 million barrels of gasoline and heating oil, but were only storing about 500,000 barrels at the time. Hundreds of New York City firefighters and police officers, and members of more than 30 fire companies from New Jersey fought the fire. Because it was burning gasoline and not oil, the firefighters' strategy was to contain the fire and allow the gasoline to burn itself out. They spread foam on the dock and nearby pipes and storage tanks to prevent the fire from spreading. New York fireboats were brought in but were not needed. Coast Guard cutters closed off Arthur Kill from all waterborne traffic. Police shut off traffic on the Outerbridge Crossing, the Goethals Bridge, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, and local streets. A nearby barge caught fire but was not seriously damaged. By late morning, the firefighters had contained the flames. The body of the barge captain was found in the water. The body of the the mate was recovered from the vessel.

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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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