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1928
Fire, St Marys Catholic Church
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Fire discovered in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church on February 28, 1928, caused damage estimated at $60,000. The vestry room and the paintings in the church were badly damaged and vestments valued at between $1,500 and $2,000 were ruined.
1986
Accident w/inj, 743 Main St (Box 22-4)

1996
Structure Fire, 249 West 5th St (Box 24-11)
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Truck 22 was dispatched to assist Company 24 with a report of a structure fire in Williamstown. Company 23 was also dispatched to assist. A caller reported a possible electrical fire at this residence. Truck 22 responded and was advised by command to stage at the Williamstown Medical Center. Chief 24-1 then held the box to Company 24, and the Truck went available.
2001
Auto Alarm, 550 Main St (Box 22-1)
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Companies 22 and 23 were dispatched to an automatic alarm at the Miner's Bank Building on Main Street. Chief 22 arrived on scene, confirmed the alarm as a false trip, and placed the box in service.
2004
Furnace Malfunction, 500 Block Pottsville Street (Box 23-1)
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Company-22 was dispatched to assist Company-23 and Company-24 with a report of heavy smoke coming from the rear of a structure in the 500-Block of Pottsville Street in Wiconisco. Chief 23-2 arrived on scene and discovered a furnace problem, with black smoke coming from the chimney. Chief 23-2 held the box to Company-23, placing all other units in service.
2018
Structure Fire, 749 West Market St (Box 27-1)
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Company 27, Truck 22, Rescue 23, Engine 26 and Rescue 28 dispatched class one to 749 West Market Street in Gratz Boro for a reported barn fire. Truck 22 went enroute with 7 and utility 22 with 4, and were canceled by Command 27 when it was found to be a controlled burn.
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1853
St George Church Fire - Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England
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The Parish Church of St George, in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, a Norman Style church, was destroyed by fire on February 28, 1853. A room above the south porch in the church had been used by the Society of the Clergy of Duncaster to house a library since 1722. The valuable library was also destroyed.
1855
Bursa Earthquake and Fire - Bursa, Turkey
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An earthquake occurred at Broussa, Turkey, on February 28, 1855,killing or wounding about 800 people. After the earthquake, a fire destroyed nearly one-third of the houses.
1954
Castle Bravo Detonation - Bikini Atoll
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The first test of a Teller-Ulam configuration thermonuclear dry fuel hydrogen bomb was detonated at the Bikini Atoll on February 28, 1954. It was the most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the United States, known as Castle Bravo.
1975
Subway Crash - London, England
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In London, England, a subway train entered Moogate tube station at 9 a.m. on February 28, 1975. The line ends at Moorgate, but the train did not slow down. It passed the platforms and accelerated through an overrun tunnel, a sand pit, and water buffer, and crashed into a brick wall. The most seriously injured people were in the first few cars that hit the wall. It was difficult to get to them through the wreckage of the other cars in the tunnel. It took twelve hours before the last survivor was rescued. It took five days before the body of the driver in the front cab was reached. He was found with the breaking mechanism in his hand. No evidence of mechanical failure was found. An investigation focused on the 56-year-old driver. There were no signs of drug use, but the delay in reaching him made it impossible to determine if alcohol was involved. some speculated that he committed suicide by crashing the subway. This was ruled out because had ?300 in his pocket, with which he was to buy a car for his daughter later that day. Other speculation is that he was had some sort of seizure or simply let his attention wander at the wrong time. No certain conclusion was ever reached. Forty-three people were killed in the crash.
2004
Bow Mariner Explosion - Atlantic Ocean, 50 miles east of Chincoteague, VA
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On February 28, 2004, the Bow mariner, a 570-foot tanker, was traveling from New York City to Houston, Texas, carrying 3.5 million gallons of industrial ethanol. In the Atlantic Ocean, about 50 miles east of Chincoteague, Virginia, the ship exploded and sank. Twenty-one of the twenty-seven crew members were killed. Six of the crew were rescued by U.S. Coast Guard helicopters.

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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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