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1958
Lightning Strike, Ed Buffington's

1989
Accident w/inj, 811 Main St (Box 22-4)

2003
Pump Detail, 624 N 2nd St (Box 22-1)
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Dauphin County alerted Company-22 to have an officer contact them concerning this call. Chief-22 and Captain-22 arrived on scene to find a woman located in a first floor apartment, with cascading water coming through her living room ceiling from the second floor apartment. The officers turned off power to the building at the breakers in the basement. The upstairs apartment was in-accessible, having been padlocked by a constable when the occupant had been removed previous to this incident. Engine-22 was requested to assist with gaining entry via a window to the second floor apartment. Engine-22 responded with six personnel and laddered the building to a second floor balcony, where entry was accomplished through an unlocked window. Examination of the second floor apartment revealed that a water bed was located in the front room, and that there were numerous cats still living in the abandoned apartment. Having been unfed and without water for several days, the cats had successfully clawed their way through the liner of the water bed in search of drinking water. The bed was leaking heavily through the floor into the apartment below. Company personnel secured a water bed pump, and pumped the water from the bed out the window to the street below. Chief-22 contacted the building owner and explained the situation. Power was restored to the structure, and personnel left the scene. The cats remained behind, but personnel did provide them with additional food and water.
2005
Multiple Barn Fires, 240 Snapper Lane (Box 27-5)
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Engine-22 was dispatched to assist on a Gratz box 27-5 call for multiple barns on fire, endangering a house. Engine-22 responded and staged on Meadow Lane, with the crew going to Rescue-27 to assist with exposure protection. A hay barn was already fully involved, with extension of fire now going through an adjoining milking barn. The crew assisted Company-27 with protecting the house 40 feet away. Companies assisting on call included 21, 26, 27, 28, 65, Schuylkill 14-30, 216, with Millersburg Company-20 standing by in their quarters. The crew assisted with setup of draft from an in-ground pool to feed Rescue-27 and pulled several hand lines to protect exposures.
2013
Medical Assist, 768 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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At the request of EMS on scene, Company 22 dispatched class one to 768 Main Street in Lykens for a medical assist. Chief 22 responded POV, Truck 22 with 4, and Utility 22 with 4. On arrival, crew assisted EMS with removing a patient from the second floor of the residence to their transport unit, and then went available.
2015
AFA, 430 Summers Road (Box 20-2)
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Truck 22 dispatched class one as next due for Truck 20 on an automatic fire alarm in Upper Paxton Township at 430 Summers Road. Truck 22 was about to respond with 7 when Truck 20 went enroute, and Truck 22 was placed in service.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


1934
Barn Fire - Eldred Twp, Schuylkill Co, PA
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Fire caused by lightning destroyed a large new barn on the farm of Charles Shaffer, near Klingerstown on the Pitman-Hepler road, during a heavy storm at 6:30 on Sunday evening, July 15, 1934. A considerable amount of the season's crops were lost in the blaze, the wheat and oats crops having been threshed only the Friday before the fire. A number of farm implements were also destroyed. The barn was new, having been built after lightning destroyed a similar structure on the same sight two years previous.
1934
Vehicle Accident - Washington Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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A vehicle accident occurred early Sunday evening, July 15, 1934, on the highway from Elizabethville to Loyalton, near the home of Mrs. Harry Swab. Traveling east, a car driven by Helen Batdorf of Tower City, who was accompanied by four women companions, also from Tower City, was sideswiped by another car, swerved from the highway and struck a telephone pole on the right side of the highway, from which it careened to the left and struck an electrical transmission pole. From the impact, Mrs. Batdorf sustained a bruise of the head and lacerations of the face. The other occupants sustained minor injuries. The car was damaged considerably.
1939
House Fire - Wiconisco, PA
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A spark from a chimney settled on the roof of a dwelling in Wiconisco on Saturday, July, 15, 1939. The house was owned by Mrs. John McAuliffe of Philadelphia, and tennented by Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Charney. The roof caught fire and caused $450 in damage when the roof and entire third floor were destroyed.
Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1940
Sonman Coal Mine Explosion - Portage, PA

1964
Harbor Warehouse Fires - Tokyo, Japan


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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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