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2000
Accident w/inj, 5542 Route 209 (Box 21-6)
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Engine 22 was dispatched as next due Engine on a Washington Township crash call. Engine 22 was canceled when Engine 21 went enroute.
2001
Truck Fire, 745 Main St (Box 22-1)
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Engine 22 dispatched to Main Street in front of the Catholic Church School for a pickup truck fire fully involved. Fuel line had burned off from underneath truck, and fire continued to burn despite water application. A 10 pound dry chem was applied to the engine and cab compartment, extinguishing fire. Road was closed for about 2 hours.
2014
Structure Fire, 527 Spruce Street (Box 22-1)
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Box 22-1 dispatched to 527 Spruce Street in Lykens at the Old Opera House Apartments for a reported structure fire, smoke in a second floor hallway. Engine 22 responded with 6, Utility 22 with 2, Engines 23, 21, and Rescues 21 and 23 along with Truck 20 for the out of service Truck 22. Engine 22 laid in a 5 inch supply line from the hydrant in the middle of the 600 block of South Second Street. On arrival, crews went interior and found a light fixture in the ceiling of the second floor hallway with bad wiring that caused a slight smoke condition. Command held the box to Companies 22 and 23 while crews isolated the problem. After shutting the power down to the affected light and clearing the smoke, the box was placed available by command.
2016
Oven Fire, 175 Spring Road (Box S.C.)
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Truck 22 and Tanker 24 dispatched class one to Porter Township, Schuylkill County, to 175 Spring Road in the village of Kalmia for a reported oven fire. Truck 22 responded with 6 and Tanker 24 with 6. Both units were canceled while enroute.
2018
Cardiac Arrest - AED, 342 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 dispatched class one to 342 Main Street in Lykens Boro for a reported cardiac arrest. Utility 22 responded with 3 and Truck 22 with 2. Lykens PD on scene declared a signal 12 and Company 22 continued to the scene class three. Chief 22 had responded POV. Crew remained on scene and assisted the coroner and funeral home with extrication before going available.
2018
Smoke in an elevator shaft, 15 South 2nd Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22, Engine 23 and Rescue 27 for the out of service Rescue 23, Engine 21 for out of service Engine 24 and Rescue 21 dispatched class one to the Rattling Creek Apartments at 15 South Second Street in Lykens for a report of a smoke odor in one of the elevator shafts. Engine 22 responded with 4 including Chief 22, Truck 22 responded with 5, and Utility 22 responded with 2 from Klingerstown where they were attending a parade. Engine 23 went enroute with 7, Engine 21 with 6, Rescue 21 with 8, and Rescue 27 with 4. Engine 22 took side D with a hydrant and Chief 22 took command at a 4 story brick 100 by 75 foot apartment building. Truck 22 had side A. Engine 23 came in off Main Street and took the B/C corner. Command had Engine and Rescue 21 stage upon entering the Boro. Crews searched all 4 floors of the building while the Truck crew checked the roof. With nothing apparent, Command reduced the box to Companies 22 and 23, who completed secondary searches and found nothing. After not finding any odor or smoke inside, Command placed the box available.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


1905
Trolley vs Beer Wagon Accident - Williamstown, PA
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On Tuesday, July 18, 1905, Edward Piltz of Wiconisco, a driver for the Lykens Brewing Company, was approaching the Fountain Springs Hotel, in Williamstown, to deliver beer. Another team was immediately in front of the hotel, so he pulled up to a watering trough west of the hotel to let the horses drink. The horses hadn't yet finished drinking when he noticed the trolley car at the top of the hill coming west. The wagon extended out over the tracks, so he turned the horses to the right to avoid the collision. But, as the horses cleared the tracks, the trolley car struck the wagon in the center with great force, completely wrecking it and scattering the contents in every direction. Mr. Piltz had with him on the seat, the little son of John Schmuck, of Lykens, whom he was taking to spend the day at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Henry Bopp, near Tower City. The two of them were thrown high into the air and struck the ground with such force as to render them unconscious. Piltz received a severe sprain of the right hand, cuts about the head, and bruises of the left side. Young Schmuck was cut about the head and had his left hand injured. The wagon was a new one, having recently been purchased from Milwaukee, and built to the special order of the Lykens Brewing Company. The horses, three abreast, moved gently to a telephone pole close by, all traces of the straps having been snapped off by the collision.
1921
Train Derailment - Lykens, PA
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A train derailment occurred on Monday, July 18, 1921 at 11 a.m. Train No. 8513 was on the "Long Stretch", about a mile from the Lykens train station. As it approached the switch near the coal scale, the engineer saw that the switch was open and applied the breaks. By the time the train stopped, the engine and ten cars had left the track. Many local residents were passengers aboard the train, but no one was hurt.
1934
Vehicle Accident - Wiconisco Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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William Showers, of the Berrysburg Hotel, met with painful injuries on Wednesday morning, July 18, 1934, at 2 o'clock, when he figured in an auto accident on the State highway near Wiconisco. Shortly after striking a pole head-on, which practically demolished the car, he was found by a passing motorist and taken to his home. He was later admitted to the Geisinger Hospital in Danville.
Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


64
Great Fire of Rome - Rome, Italy

1922
Manufacturers Transit Company Fire - New York, NY

1947
Ionization Detector Patented - Berne, Switzerland

1981
Hyatt Regency Hotel Walkway Collapse - Kansas City, MO

2001
Howard Street Tunnel Fire - Baltimore, MD


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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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