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1939
Fire, Commercial Hotel barn
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A large frame barn on the property of the Commercial Hotel on Main Street was completely destroyed by fire. The fire was discovered by nearby residents on Tuesday morning (August 29th, 1939) at 9AM. Immediately upon discovery of the blaze, an alarm was sounded, to which the fire companies of Lykens and Wiconisco responded. Upon their arrival, it was discovered that the blaze had gained considerable headway and that little could be done to save the structure. While several streams were played on the barn fire, care was necessary and precautions were taken to prevent the spread of fire to dangerously close dwellings and garages. Both fire companies did excellent work and after about two hours of burning, the flames were extinguished with little remaining of the barn except a portion of the sidewall. The loss was estimated at $2,000 and was partially covered by insurance. The building burned rapidly and when the flames were the hottest, fire caused by burning embers was reported on the roof of the homes of Leo Dreisagacker and Claud Keiser, both on Main Street. In both instances, chemicals were used by the firemen to extinguish the blaze. Also destroyed with the building was the automobile owned by Michael Kerwin of Lykens, a large electric sign for the hotel, lighting fixtures, gas stoves, show cases, and numerous other items taken from the Main Street building of the I.O.O.M. In fighting the blaze, five firemen were slightly burned and treated at the office of Dr. C.C. Bobb, on Market Street.
2003
Wires Down, 202 Lawley Rd (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 was dispatched to Lawley Road for a tree on wires. Engine 22 responded and found a tree that had fallen and knocked down wires with it. The crew cut up the tree, cleared the road, and went available.
2010
Smoke odor inside a structure, 120 West Market Street (Box 27-1)
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The 27-1 box was dispatched for a report of something burning inside a structure at 120 West Market Street in Gratz. This brought companies 27, 26, 28, Northumberland 65 and Truck 22. Truck 22 responded with 7, and while enroute were advised by Chief 27 to reduce their response to class three. On arrival on side A, command placed the Truck in service.
2014
AFA, 300 Chestnut Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22, 23 and Truck 20 dispatched class one to 300 Chestnut Street in Lykens at the Alfa Laval Thermal Plant for an automatic fire alarm. Chief 22 responded POV, and on arrival was informed by plant staff that it was a false trip, steam from a boiler. Chief 22 placed the box available before any apparatus responded.
2017
Structure Fire, 201 East Spruce St (Box 24-1)
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Company 24, Engine and Rescue 23, Schuylkill Engine 647 and Truck 22 dispatched class one to 201 East Spruce Street in Williamstown for a reported structure fire, fire on a stove. Truck 22 responded with 7 and on arrival took side A of a two story wood frame construction residence. Command 24 advised that it was food on the stove now out. A crew from the Truck took a TIC into the kitchen to check for extensions, finding none. The Truck was then placed available by command.
2018
Shed Fire, 501 East Market Street (Box 27-1)
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Truck 22 dispatched class one on the 27-1 box for a reported shed fire at 501 East Market Street in Gratz. Also dispatched were companies 27, 26, 28, 23 and Medic 6. Truck 22 responded with 7 and was canceled by command shortly after response.
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1993
Fireworks Factory Fire - Hong Kong


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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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