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2000
CO Investigation, 601 Main St (Box 22-1)
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At the request of the property owner, a crew responded POV to 601 Main Street with a CO monitor to check levels of CO in the structure. A CO alarm in Deibler's Drug Store located on the first floor of the building had been sounding alarm on a number of occasions over the past few weeks. But, the property owner's CO alarm showed no danger. The crew took numerous readings throughout the building with no elevated readings found.
2000
Bleacher Collapse, 5668 Route 209 (Box 21-6)
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Engine and Truck 22 responded to assist Company-21 with a report of a bleacher collapse in the gymnasium of the UDA Middle School. Units arrived on scene and found that a section of bleachers had broken away from the wall and several persons had been thrown to the floor. The crew assisted Company-21 and EMS with triage of the crowd and secured patient signoffs from many people. No injuries requiring treatment or transport were found. The crew continued to assist until they were released by Command-21.
2003
Structure Fire, 565 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Companies 22, 23, and 24 were dispatched for a reported structure fire at the home of Mayor Mike Kraska. Chief 22-1 arrived on scene and reported that the structure was fully involved on side-3 from the first to third floors, spreading forward to the front of the house. Engine 22, with six personnel, responded and took side-1/4, connecting to the hydrant on the square and laying 5-inch supply hose to the scene. Truck 22, with five personnel, responded from the opposite direction, taking side-1/2, and was supplied by a 5-inch line from Engine 22. Engine 23 took side-2/3, and was supplied by a 5-inch line from a hydrant at the corner of North Second and Market Streets. Engine-24 took side-2/3 and was supplied by Engine-23. Initial attack was from the inside, through the front door, meeting the fire and pushing it back, while at the same time units in the rear were knocking down the fire extension to the upper floors. Chief 22 arrived and took command. Additional units were requested. Rescue 66 was dispatched and set up as the RIT team, next door in the Community Banks parking lot. Tower City Air Light was dispatched and set up in the Bank parking lot as an air cylinder refill station, with their additional personnel on scene providing a second RIT team. Fire extension from the original fire building to the adjacent structure on side-2 was knocked down by members of Companies 22 and 24, with only a distance of 3 feet between the buildings. During this call, an accident with injuries was reported in Company 23's territory. Engine-24 and Rescue-66 responded to the accident, with Tower City and Company-66 personnel remaining as the primary RIT team. Rescue-21 was dispatched to provide additional manpower. Medic-6 set up a two unit rehab station in the alley (Municipal Street) across the street from the structure. Extensive salvage and overhaul was performed after the initial fire knock down. Company-22 recorded a total of 34 active personnel on scene, with the total number of personnel from all companies on scene estimated at close to 75. PPL disconnected the utilities and the PSP fire marshall arrived on scene, per request of Chief-22. Investigation determined the cause of the fire to be an extension cord, which was used to plug in a microwave oven in the kitchen area on the first floor.
2004
CO Alarm, 203 North Street (Box 22-1)
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This dispatch was for a residential Carbon Monoxide alarm. Information received while enroute was that one victim was feeling ill and was out of the house. The Engine arrived to find a residential CO alarm sounding. The engine crew began patient care by administering oxygen to the victim prior to EMS arrival. The engine crew did a walkthrough and found CO levels of 20ppm in the house. Engine and Truck personnel vented the house and assessed the furnace, which was very old and in a dilapidated condition. Chief-22 determined that the furnace was unusable. The Lykens Borough Code Enforcement Officer was notified of the situation. The house was determined to be uninhabitable in its condition.
2007
Accident with entrapment, 608 Pottsville Street (Box 23-1)
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Engine 22 was requested by Captain 23 to assist at the scene of an accident with entrapment and multiple victims, at 608 Pottsville Street in Wiconisco. Engine 22 responded with a crew of six, arrived on scene, dropped off Lieutenant 22 and Chief 22-2 (both EMT's) and then proceeded to Station 23 to set up a landing zone for Life Lion. The crew handled the landing zone setup and landing of Life Lion in the paved parking lot of Station 23. Chief 22 was the landing zone officer. After the patients were transfered, Engine 22 went available.
2014
Accident with injuries, 313 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 and Rescue 23 dispatched class one to the area in front of 313 Main Street for an accident with injury. Chief 22 responded POV, Engine 22 with 6 and Utility 22 with 3. Rescue 23 went enroute with 5. On the Chief's arrival, he reported a vehicle had struck a parked car and pushed it against a front porch, and the driver and child needed checked out. Lykens PD was on scene. The Engine and Rescue arrived at the same time, and initiated patient care and fluid control until the arrival of Medic 6. Lykens fire police shut down the 300 block of Main Street for the duration of the incident. Command placed Rescue 23 available, and the 22 crew cleaned up the scene and assisted the wrecker until two vehicles were removed, and then went available.
2016
AFA, 100 Bear Valley Road (Box 23-1)
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Engine 23 and Truck 22 dispatched class one to 100 Bear Valley Road for an automatic fire alarm. Chief 23 responded POV to the scene, and as he arrived on scene was advised of a false activation. As Truck 22 was responding with 7, Command placed the box available.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide



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Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1924
Castle Gate Coal Mine Fire - Castle Gate, UT

1973
Whisky Au Go Go Fire - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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On March 8, 1973, the Whisky Au Go Go nightclub, in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia, was firebombed, resulting in the deaths of 15 people. The fire was started by the ignition of two nine-liter cans of gasoline in the building's foyer. Two men were arrested for the crime and convicted and sentenced, in October 1973, to life in prison. Both protested their innocence, and fought a protracted legal battle for their release. They turned to mutilating themselves to draw attention to their protest. One of them died in his cell in 1979 after a six-day hunger strike. The other won his release in 1988, after almost 15 years in prison. As part of his parole, he was deported to England, where he had been born. From there, he claimed that the two of them were guilty of deliberately starting the fire.

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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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