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1896
Fire, R. Bressler Tin Shop
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The first fire in 1896 was on Thursday, April 9th at 1:30 o'clock at the house and tin shop of R. Bressler, occupied by Harry Bressler, on the corner of Market and North Second Streets. Both companies responded promptly. Rescue Hose Company made the first connection closely followed by our company. We connected to the plug on the corner of Main and Market Streets. Damage was $5,000, $3,000 of which was covered by insurance. The cause of the fire is unknown.
1985
Chimney Fire, Machamer Ave-Snyder (Box 23-1)

2005
Accident with injuries, Main & Market Streets (Box 22-1)
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While Chief 22, Chief 22-2, and Captain 22 were in Station 22, a loud screech followed by a crash, a pause, and another crash sound was heard. Chief 22-2 went down to Market Street and observed two vehicles that had been involved in an accident at the intersection with Main Street. Chief 22-2 returned to the station and started Engine 22, Captain 22 called in the accident by radio, and Chief 22 responded to the scene. County dispatched Engine 22 and Engine 23. Engine 22 responded with a crew of three and went on scene, noting two vehicles involved, with the two occupants of one car out on the sidewalk and the other vehicle up on the sidewalk resting against the corner of the Lykens Hotel, with the driver still behind the wheel. Chief 22-2, an EMT, assessed the driver of this vehicle. Captain 22 checked out the two occupants of the other vehicle, who stated that they were not injured. The driver still in the vehicle was not confined, and Chief 22-2 established C-spine immobilization and relayed initial assessment to Chief 22, who in turn relayed information to dispatch to advise incoming EMS Medic 6 units. Engine 23 arrived on scene and stabilized the occupied vehicle with cribbing and assisted with patient care. PSP and Medic 6 arrived, and Company 22 and Company 23 personnel assisted with removing the patient from the vehicle and immobilizing on a long board with C-collar and straps. The patient was transferred to EMS, and Company 23 was released. Company 22 personnel cleaned up debris and were released from the scene.
2007
Dryer Fire, 240 East Market Street (Box 24-1)
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Truck 22 was dispatched for a dryer fire in a multi-family commercial structure in Williamstown, a 24-1 box first alarm. Truck 22 responded in a little over one minute with a crew of six. The Truck arrived at the scene in Williamstown and staged on side D. Manpower was sent interior to the second floor while Company 24 worked on the first floor. The crew split in to two groups and found a smoke condition in all apartments. Command advised that the fire in the dryer was out, and had the truck crew ventilate the second floor. Command then released Truck 22, and the crew went available.
2009
Smoke in a structure, 219 West Market Street (Box 27-1)
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Truck 22 was dispatched to 219 West Market in Gratz for a report of smoke in a structure. Truck 22 responded with a crew of three, and three more members responded POV. The Truck was canceled by command while still enroute.
2010
Smoke in a Structure, 302 South Spruce Street (Box 27-1)
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Companies 27, 26, 28, 65 and Truck 22 dispatched to the Boro of Gratz, 302 South Spruce Street, for a report of smoke in a structure. Truck 22 responded with 7, and were canceled while enroute.
2013
Tree down, 1000 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 dispatched class three to the area of the 1000 block of Main Street for a tree down. Engine 22 responded with 6, Utility 22 with 3, and Chiefs 22 and 22-1 POV. On arrival, crews found a large tree that had brought down power lines and power was out to several blocks of Lykens. Crews established a safe zone and blocked traffic off of Main Street until the arrival of PP&L, and then cleared the scene.
2013
Medical Assist, 801 Market Street (Box 22-2)
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At the request of Medic Chief 6A, Company 22 dispatched class three to 801 Market Street to assist EMS with the transfer of an extremely obese patient from their transport unit to his house. Engine 22 responded with 5, Utility 22 with 2, and Chief 22 POV. On arrival, the rigs staged and crews assisted EMS with the transfer of the patient to his house, and then went available.
2016
Accident with no injury, 450 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Engine 22 dispatched class three to the area of the Lykens Legion at 450 Main Street in Lykens for a one vehicle accident with no injuries. Engine 22 responded with 6, Utility 22 with 1, and Chief 22 POV. On arrival, the crews found a pickup truck had struck and severely damaged a PPL pole near the Legion, with no occupants around. They secured the scene, the Chief relayed a pole number, and traffic was diverted off Main Street until PPL arrived to secure the pole. When they completed their task, command placed the company available.
2016
Standby in quarters, Station 22 (Box 22-1)
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At the request of PSP, Company 22 placed on standby in station for a possible search detail. A crew of 5 stood by in station until released by PSP.
2016
Structure Fire, 122 Smith Avenue (Box 21-1)
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Company 21, Engine 26, and Truck 22 dispatched class one to 122 Smith Avenue in Elizabethville for a report of a possible fire in the wall of a residence. Truck 22 responded with 7, and while enroute was re-directed to standby at Station 21. A short time later, Command 21 placed the box in service and the Truck returned available.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


1946
Cooper Bakery Truck Accident - Washington Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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A Cooper Bakery Truck, driven by Harry Cooper, overturned on the highway a short distance East of Loyalton on Tuesday, April, 9, 1946. A truck traveling in front of Cooper made a turn into the Matter farm and forced Cooper's truck into a stone wall.
Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1910
Middletown Fire - Middletown, PA
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About seventy-five buildings burned in Middletown, Pennsylvania, on April 8, 1910. The town was in danger for a couple of hours, but with the efforts of the firemen from Harrisburg, Lancaster, Columbia, and Steelton, and the use of explosives, the spread of fire was stopped. With the exception of a few, most of the buildings that were destroyed were small single-story frame structures. The fire started from an overheated stove used to burn the refuse of the Market House. It set fire to the Market House building and the flames spread to the Auditorium. A high wind carried sparks for a long distance and several times set fire to the plant of Raymond Manufacturing Company, but the employees saved it. The sparks also ignited the grandstand and buildings of the Middletown Fair Association and the home of David Brubaker in Royalton a half mile away. The fair buildings and twelve frame houses in Royalton burned. The fire covered an area of four blocks in Middletown, and spread so rapidly with the stiff breeze that people had no time to remove their belongings. However, nobody was seriously injured. The estimated damage from the fire was $400,000. Among the losses were the Middletown Auditorium, including the post office, Schultzbach's shoe store, and Longenacker's Cafe; McNair's Block, including R.P. Raymond's hardware store, Kraus Brother's clothing store, and Rewalt's drug store; the Middletown Y.M.C.A.; Middletown Fairgrounds; Farmers' Market House; Odd Fellows' Hall; and about fifty-five other small buildings.
2006
Hospital Explosion - Shanxi, China

2007
Cotton Textile Factory Fire - Surgoinsville, TN


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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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