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1923
Fire, American Briquette Plant
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One of the worst fires in the Lykens-Wiconisco area occurred on Monday, May 7, 1923 at 3:30AM. Fire destroyed the Lykens plant of the American Briquette Company, one-half mile north of Lykens. The blaze was first discovered in the fan ducts and spread rapidly. Firemen from Wiconisco aided the Lykens firemen in fighting the blaze, but the flames were not brought under control before 10 o'clock. At the time the fire broke out, the pumps at the Lykens collieries were out of service and no water pressure could be obtained. The firemen were virtually forced to sit and watch the fire burning for one hour, until it was too late to save any portion of the plant, before sufficient water pressure could be furnished. Four men, two firemen and two employees, were slightly burned while fighting the fire, but were able to continue after receiving first aid treatment. The total loss was valued at $400,000. Among the losses were: $40,000 worth of supplies on hand, twenty-eight or thirty large motors, ten fifty-horsepower motors, eighteen five-horsepower motors, a large dryer, and two large presses. Before the fire, the plant was working full-capacity, with three shifts. The average output of the plant was 8,000 tons of briquettes per month. The briquettes were a coal substitute. Plant Superintendent, Malcolm Orr of Lykens, stated that fifty-five employees would be thrown out of work because of the plant destruction. Company officials from Philadelphia responded that afternoon to discuss plans to rebuild the plant. A previous fire at the plant in December, 1919, caused a loss of $30,000. The plant was rebuilt after that fire.
1988
Auto Alarm, Metal Industries (Box 21-5)
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Tanker 22 was dispatched to an automatic fire alarm at the MI Plant outside Elizabethville. The tanker was canceled before response.
1994
Car Fire Endang Stru, Rt 209 Weists Motel (Box 24-21)
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Tanker 22 was dispatched to assist Company 24 with a car fire next to a garage. Tanker 22 responded with a crew of two, and upon arrival staged behind Engine 24 until released by command.
1997
Chimney Fire, 160 Klinger Road (Box 26-31)

2000
Accident w/inj, 1038 Market St (Box 24-2)

2004
Accident with injuries, 565 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Engine 22 was dispatched for a two vehicle accident at the exit to the Community Banks drive through lane, in the 500 Block of Main Street. The Engine responded class 1 and arrived on scene to find two vehicles blocking the west bound lane of Main Street (Route 209), with both drivers out of their vehicles and stating they were not injured. The company assisted local Police with scene safety and crowd and traffic control until the arrival of a tow truck. Absorbent material was laid to clean up spilled liquids and the street was cleaned.
2016
Odor Investigation, 317 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Engine 22 dispatched class three to 317 Main Street in Lykens Boro for an odor investigation. Chief 22 responded POV to the scene, and Engine 22 went enroute with 6. On arrival, the crew had a 2 1/2 story single family dwelling with the occupant standing outside reporting an undetermined odor in the house. Crews searched interior using the gas meter and had 0 readings. After investigating further and finding nothing, command placed the company available.
2017
Structure Fire, 2117 East Grand Ave (Box S.C.)
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Truck 22 dispatched class one to 2117 East Grand Avenue in Porter Township Schuylkill County for a fully involved structure fire. Truck 22 responded with 7 and Engine 22 added on with 2. On arrival, both rigs staged on Route 209 and sent manpower back a 150 foot lane to a 50 by 75 foot storage building well involved with most of the second floor all ready burned off. Crews assisted all Porter Township companies with extinguishment and overhaul until released by command.
2018
Relocate, 118 N Tulpehocken St (Box S.C.)
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At the request of Pine Grove Chief 58-8 Truck 22 requested to transfer to Station 58-2 in Pine Grove while they were on a commercial structure fire in Hegins Township. Truck 22 responded class three with 5 and relocated to Station 58-2 where they remained without incident until released by Chief 58-8.
2019
Stove Fire, 1842 Luxembourg Road (Box 27-3)
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Truck 22 dispatched class one on the 27-3 box for a report of a stove on fire at 1842 Luxembourg Road in Lykens Township. Truck 22 responded with 7 and was canceled by command 27 while enroute when Chief 27 held the box to Engine 27.
2019
Medical Assist, 517 South Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 dispatched class one to 517 South Street in Lykens at the Family Practice Center for a medical assist for a patient with difficulty breathing. Utility 22 responded with 3 and Engine 22 with 5. On arrival, the crew assisted med center staff with the patient until the arrival of Medic 6. After assisting in transferring the patient to their unit the company went available.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


1937
Forest Fire - Lykens, PA
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Samuel Deitrich, 38, of Wiconisco, started 15 forest fires along the Pennsylvania Rail Road tracks between Loyalton and Lykens on May 7, 1937. One of the fires burned an area of 1,500 acres. Deitrich blamed whiskey for his actions.
Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1862
Enschede Fire - Enschede, Netherlands

1915
Sinking of the Lucitania - Atlantic Ocean

1991
Fireworks Factory Fire - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2002
Airplane Fire and Crash - near Dalian, China


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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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