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1983
Chimney Fire, 216 North Second Street (Box 22-1)

1999
Smoke in Structure, 519 West Market St (Box 24-1)
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Truck 22 was dispatched to a structure fire in Williamstown, with fire reported to be in the basement. Truck 22 responded, along with companies 24, 23, and Tower City 66-60. Tanker 22 was then dispatched when other tankers failed to respond. The Truck was directed to stage on the East end of the structure behind Engine 24. Tanker 22 was placed in service by command. The Truck crew stood by until released by command.
2006
Coal Fire, Machamer Avenue (Box 23-5)
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Company-22 was dispatched to Machamer Avenue, Wiconisco Township, to the Kimmel Coal Bagging Plant for fire in the upper area of the hopper building. Reports from some of the workers were that it had been burning off and on for several days and finally got into the wood framing of the roof. Engine-23, Tanker-23, Engine-22, Tanker-22, and Truck-22 were on the call. Engine-23 arrived first on side-A and took a line in through the interior and advanced to a catwalk near the roof line. Truck-22 arrived on side-B, set up, and went to the roof and vented both the roof and a couple of holes on side-A. The truck was fed water by Tanker-23. Engine-22 and Tanker-22 were staged at the weigh scale and sent manpower to the scene. Engine-22's crew acted as RIT and the rest of the truck crew worked with Engine-23's crew. After the truck crew vented the roof, Engine-23's crew was able to get to the seat of the fire, which appeared to be burning in the roof timbers supporting the tin roof. This was a very dirty fire, with coal dirt on everything. There was excellent teamwork among the companies.
2019
AFA, 216 West Wiconisco Ave (Box S.C.)
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Truck 22 dispatched class one to Schuylkill County Porter Township 216 West Wiconisco Avenue for an automatic fire alarm in a residence. Schuylkill Companies 22-1 and 22-5 also on the call. Truck 22 responded with 7 and was canceled while enroute by Schuylkill Command 22-1
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2007
Vehicle Accident - Halifax Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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A single vehicle accident occurred in Halifax Township on February 26, 2007. The driver of a 1999 Oldsmobile traveling on Hoffman Road lost control and struck a utility pole.
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1890
Reformed Salem Church Fire - Harrisburg, PA

1905
Stuyvesant Docks Fire - New Orleans, LA
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On February 26, 1905, fire swept the riverfront and wiped out the vast freight terminals of the Illinois Central, known as the Stuyvesant Docks. Nearly a dozen blocks of modern wharves and freight sheds, two grain elevators, hundreds of loaded cars, vast quantities of freight, including 20,000 bales of cotton, and a number of small residences were destroyed. The fire was discovered shortly after 7 o'clock in the evening. It was believed to have been started by a journal that hadn't been oiled enough and became overheated. Despite gigantic quantities of water and fire-extinguishing apparatus, the fire got out of control, spreading to the lower elevator and sheds. The fire department response was prompt, but they had difficulty accessing the flames because of fences and tracks. In half an hour, the fire covered two blocks. Harbor tugs pulled vessels from the wharves out into the river, and switch engines pulled some box-cars loaded with freight to the upper end of the terminal before the fire could reach them. The wind was blowing the flames into a fury. By 9 o'clock, the lower elevator and sheds and wharves from Amelia Street to Louisiana Avenue had fallen in. The southern progress of the fire was checked at Louisiana Avenue. Firefighting efforts were made to save the upper elevator between Austerlitz and Constitution Streets, and to check the fire at that point. The fire, however, eventually worked past this point and at 10:30 the elevator burst into flames and was destroyed in half an hour. The wind tore the corrugated iron sheeting from the sides of the elevator and blew them through the air as if they were feathers, dropping them in every direction, endangering the lives of firefighters and spectators. By midnight the fire had destroyed nine blocks of the terminal. It wasn't stopped until the next day, when it was checked near Napolean Street, having consumed almost twelve blocks. The weather was warm, and 50,000 people visited the scene during the progress of the fire. A number of firemen and dock employees were injured.
1968
Shelton Mental Hospital Fire - Shrewsbury, England

1972
Tailings Dam Break - Logan County, WV
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At 8:01 a.m. on February 26, 1972, three previous days of rain caused a tailings dam in the Buffalo Creek Valley in Logan County, West Virginia to burst, sending a a 20-foot wall of water down the valley. About 4,000 people lived in 17 towns and villages below the dam. Hundreds of homes and buildings were swept away by the powerful flood. Estimates of the death toll vary, but it is believed that at least 118 people were killed.
1991
Kuwaiti Oil Fires - Kuwait
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In 1991, the United States-led coalition of thirty-four nations fought the Persian Gulf War to free Kuwait from Iraq's control. On February 26, 1991, after six weeks of fighting, the coalition forced Iraq to withdraw its troops from Kuwait. During their retreat, the Iraqi armed forces set fire to Kuwaiti oil wells and released oil into the Persian Gulf. The fires burned out of control because land mines had been placed around the oil wells, and had to be removed before firefighting could be done. The fires took more than nine months to be extinguished by privately contracted crews. The cost of repairs to the oil infrastructure exceeded $5.12 billion.
1993
World Trade Center Bombing - New York, NY
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On February 26, 1993, at 12:17 p.m., a Ryder truck filled with 1,500 pounds of explosives was detonated in the underground parking garage of the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The blast opened up a 100-foot hole through five sub-levels of concrete. Six people were killed. 50,000 workers and visitors were evacuated, some taking more than two hours to exit the building through the dark, smoke-filled stairwells. In 1997 and 1998, six Islamist extremists were convicted and sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the bombing.
2003
Nursing Home Fire - Hartford, CT


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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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