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1904
Fire, Mrs. A.G. Stanley
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Fire broke out on Friday, March 4, 1904 at 3:40 p.m. at the Spoerl block, west of Miners Deposit Bank on Main Street. The Spoerl block was owned by Mrs. A.G. Stanley, and occupied by William Saltzer and John Crane. Dr. Stanley's wife had inherited the block from her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Spoerl. The fire broke out under the tin roof of the back kitchen and gained considerable headway before it was discovered. Liberty Hose Company responded quickly and extinguished the fire in a very short time. First Assistant Chief Vernon Mitchell was in charge. The property was considerably damaged by fire and water. During the fire, Mrs. Crane's purse, containing nearly five dollars, was either lost or stolen. Two lady friends, on hearing of her loss, solicited aid from Lykens citizens. They presented Mrs. Crane a new purse containing $32.35.
1989
Relocate-Standby, Station 21 (Box 20-1)
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At the request of Chief 21, Engine 22 was dispatched to relocate to Station 21 while company 21 was on a fire call in Millersburg. Engine 22 responded and relocated to Station 21, where they remained without incident until released by Chief 21.
1993
Wires Down, 700 Bl South St (Box 22-21)

1993
Accident w/inj, Food-Rite Lot (Box 22-19)

1993
County-Wide Standby, In Quarters (Box 22-11)

1997
Accident w/injuries, 469 Main Street (Box 22-19)

1999
Accident w/ Injuries, 464 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Engine 22 was dispatched to 464 Main Street for an accident with unknown injuries. Chief 22 responded POV, and Engine 22 responded to the scene near Pine and Main Streets. The crew assisted with scene cleanup until released by command.
2001
Structure Fire, 1217 Rakers Mill Rd (Box 21-4)
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Tanker 22 was dispatched to assist Companies 21, 26, and 20 with a working structure fire. The Tanker responded with two personnel and staged on scene until released by command.
2009
Accident with no Injuries, 105 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Engine 22 was dispatched and responded Class 3 with a crew of six to a two vehicle accident without injuries in the vicinity of Kevin's Place restaurant in the 100-block of Main Street. Chief 22 responded POV and firefighter Warfel was already on scene assisting with traffic control. Upon arrival, the crew found the rear of one vehicle sitting on the hood of a second vehicle and fluids on the roadway. Crews used absorbent on the roadway and disconnected the battery on one vehicle. Firefighters also provided traffic control.
2017
Chimney Fire, 7931 Route 25 (Box 27-2)
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Company 27 and Truck 22 dispatched class one to 7931 Route 25 in Lykens Township for a chimney fire. Truck 22 responded with 6 and was placed available by command while enroute.
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1851
Conestoga Bridge Fire - Lancaster, PA
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The Conestoga Bridge, below Lancaster, was totally destroyed by fire on the afternoon of March 4, 1851. The fire was caused by a spark from a locomotive engine.
1888
Glendower Colliery Breaker Fire - Glendower, PA
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The Glendower Colliery breaker, located in the Glendower, south side of the Heckscherville Valley, between Glen Carbon and Mt Pleasant, in Foster Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania was destroyed by fire on the afternoon of March 4, 1888. This was one of the oldest of the Philadelphia and Reading collieries. The loss was estimated at $75,000 to $100,000.
1894
Great Shanghai fire - Shanghai, China

1908
Lakeview Elementary School Fire - Collinwood, OH
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Around 9:30 a.m. on March 4, 1908, the Lake View Elementary School, in Collinwood, Ohio, caught fire. The fire was caused by an overheated steam pipe in contact with a wooden floor joist in the basement. The school was built with load bearing masonry outer walls, but the three-story building used wooden joists and floors. The building?s main stair case extended from the front doors of the building, up to the third floor. The fire started in the basement, near the front door. There were no fire doors in the stairwells, and the they acted like a chimney, helping to spread the fire quickly. Oiled wooden hall and classroom floors also fueled the fire. There were 310 students in the school at the time. The younger ones were on the upper floors. Most students on first floor escaped, believing the ringing fire gong was a fire drill, they escaped in an orderly fashion. The students on the upper floors were taught to exit the building from the front door. As they approached it, the flames were about them and they panicked and rushed to the door. This caused a crush of students in the stairwells. Some realized the exit was blocked and attempted to go back up the stairs, only to be pushed back down into the flames by the onrush of students. Those that weren't killed by the crush were trapped there and died from smoke inhalation or were burned by the fire. Other students tried to escape from a back door, but the door was locked, and they met the same fate as those who died at the front door. Other students died after trying to escape by jumping from second and third floor windows. Hundreds of rescuers arrived but could save very few because of the dense jam at the foot of the stairs. Eventually the doors burned enough so that they collapsed from the weight of the students behind them, and revealed the horrific scene to the crowd of onlookers and rescuers. Some of the students were alive at that time and their parents, who by now were at the school, rushed to save them. But they could not be removed due to the weight of the tangled bodies above them. The parents were eventually forced to leave their side as they received serious burns on their hands and faces. Some of the students near the top of the heap at the back door were rescued after its collapse. It was over almost before the frantic mothers who gathered outside realized their children were lost. The volunteer fire company had responded to the scene, but lacked sufficient water pressure to send streams of water into the second floor and ladders tall enough to reach the third floor. The fire spread so rapidly, that within minutes of its discovery, the school was nothing but blackened walls surrounding a cellar full of small corpses and debris. The greater number of the little bodies taken from the building were burned beyond recognition. In all 172 students between the ages of 6 and 14 died in the fire. Two teachers and one rescuer also died. The coroner had many bodies that could not be identified and many hands and feet that had been burned off. These were eventually buried in a common grave. Some of the families of the dead students also chose to bury their children near the mass grave. Following the fire, the remains of the Lake View School were demolished and a memorial garden planned for the site. A new school, Collinwood Memorial Elementary School, was built adjacent to the disaster site. It was torn down in 2004. A memorial plaque remains on the site. The disaster led to a national effort to change doors at public buildings so that they opened outward, and made "panic bar" latches on doors required in all schools.
1971
Cave-In - St Jean de Vianney, Quebec, Canada
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The earth under the small village of St. Jean de Vianney, Quebec, Canada, caved in during heavy rains on March 4, 1971. The cave-in killed 31 people, and engulfed 35 homes, several cars, and a bus. It left a sheer-walled pit about 1,000 feet long, 70 feet wide, and at least 100 feet deep.

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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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