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1930
Fire, Foreman's Wiconisco
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The large furniture store of Foreman and Brothers in Wiconisco was completely destroyed by fire on the night of July 4th, 1930. A furniture filled warehouse, the store, a garage, two automobiles, and the adjoining Foreman dwelling were destroyed while another dwelling and nearby outbuildings were also damaged by the blaze.
2000
Stove Fire, 9 Autumn Drive (Box 24-1)

2006
Smoke in a Structure, 9 Vine Street (Box 21-1)
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Truck-22 dispatched on a 21-1 box in Elizabethville for a report of smoke coming out of two apartments at 9 and 11 Vine Street. The box brought Companies 21, 20, and 26 in addition to Truck-22. The truck responded with a crew of seven, and upon arrival was assigned to side-B of the apartment building where the crew staged and set up for truck operations. The crew assisted with interior investigation under the command of Chief-21. Engine-21 had side-A, with Rescue, Tanker and Utility 21 staged across the street. Truck-22 was on side-B, Truck-20 was on side-C, and Engine-26 was set up on side-D. Search of interior apartments found a faulty hot water heater as the source of the smoke. Truck-22 was released by command.
2009
Hay Bale Fire, Carsonville (Box 19-1)
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Truck 22 and Company 216 were dispatched to assist Company 19 with a hay bale on fire endangering a structure in Jefferson Township, to the rear of the Carsonville Hotel at 3178 Powells Valley Road. Truck 22 responded with a crew of six, and Chief 22-1 responded POV. The Truck was canceled while enroute.
2012
Structure Fire, Miner Hill Road (Box 23-2)
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Companies 22 and 23 dispatched class one to the area of Miners Hill Road and Chestnut Street in Wiconisco Township for a reported structure fire. Lieutenant 23 came up on radio reporting a controlled burn and placed the box in service before any response.
2013
Odor investigation outside, Main and Market Streets (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 and 23 and EMS dispatched class one to the area near Main and Market Streets in Lykens for a report of a gas odor outside. Further updates gave a location of the alley behind Ciao's Pizza Shop. Chief 22 responded POV, Engine 22 with 3, Truck 22 with 2, and Engine 23. On arrival, an investigation determined that the odor was coming from a dumpster, and command placed the box in service.
2013
Trash Fire, Rear of 649 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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At the request of Chief 22 on scene, Engine 22 dispatched class three to the alley behind his residence for an un-attended trash fire. Engine 22 responded with 5, and on arrival, extinguished a small fire in a back yard. After the fire was put out, command placed the box available.
2017
Structure Fire, 147 Hill Lane (Box 27-3)
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Truck 22 dispatched class one on the 27-3 box to 147 Hill Lane in Lykens Township for a report of a pile of corn on fire next to a building. Truck 22 responded with 7 and was canceled by command while enroute.
2019
AFA, 119 Green Acres Avenue (Box 21-1)
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Truck 22 dispatched class one on the 21-1 box to 119 Green Acres Avenue in Washington Township for an automatic fire alarm. Truck 22 responded with 7 and was placed in service by Command 21 shortly after their response.
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1054
Crab Nebula Supernova - Taurus Constellation
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An explosion resulting from a supernova was recorded by Chinese astronomers on July 4, 1054. It was bright enough to be visible to the naked eye during the daytime, rivaling the planet Venus. The expanding cloud of gas thrown off in the explosion is known as the Crab Nebula. It is now more than six light years across,and is currently expanding at 1,000 km/s. The total mass of ejected material is about 0.1 solar masses. The Crab Nebula is located approximately 6,500 light years away, in the Taurus constellation. Thus the cosmic event itself actually happened about 5400 BC. The Crab Nebula is the object which started Charles Messier logging non-cometary objects on his Messier Catalog.
1866
Great Fire of Portland - Portland, ME

1984
Elliott Chambers Rooming House Fire - Beverly, MA

2003
Fireworks Warehouse Explosion - Kilgore, TX

2007
Mobile Phone Explosion - Shuangcheng, Gansu, China
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A mobile phone exploded and led to the death of a welder during electrical welding work at the Yingpan iron smelting plant in Shuangcheng, Gansu province, China. The phone exploded in his pocket, causing his ribs to fracture and pierce his heart. Very high temperatures are suspected as a factor in the explosion of the lithium-ion battery, which can also be vulnerable to over-charging or short circuits.

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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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