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1984
Electrical Fire, Reiff & Nestor (Box 22-12)
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Companies 22, 23, 21, and 24 were dispatched to a reported electrical fire at the Reiff and Nestor Plant in Lykens. Engine 22 responded, and after some initial confusion as to assignments, ended up arriving on scene at the West Street Side of the plant, followed by Engine 23 and Engine 22-1. The fire was contained to the area of origin. Units remained on scene performing overhaul until released by command.
1991
Garage Fire, 608 Pottsville St (Box 23-11)

2001
Structure Fire, East Grand Avenue (Box S.C.)

2003
Elevator Rescue, 15 S 2nd St (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 and 23 were dispatched to extricate an individual that was unable to get out of the elevator in the Rattling Creek Apartments. Engines 22 and 23 arrived on scene and assisted with extricating one person from the elevator.
2012
Smoke in a Structure, 221 Market Street (Box 22-1)
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Companies 22, 23, 24, 21 and Schuylkill 66 dispatched class one to 221 Market Street in Lykens for a report of smoke inside the structure. Chief 22-2, who lives across the street, was on scene in a matter of seconds, finding nothing showing on side A. Entering the structure through the C side entrance, he met with the daughter of the owner of the property and was advised that the pellet stove located in the dining room was pushing smoke into the interior of the house. The power was out in the area and the stove blower motor was not working and the smoke from the pellet stove was pushing out the sides of the stove. The daughter had shut the stove down and called 911. Command held the box to company 22 class three. Engine 22 responded with 4 and Truck 22 with 3, with the Engine taking side A and the Truck setting up on side B. Crews checked the interior walls around the stove with the TIC and found nothing. With no smoke in the interior and the stove fire out, command placed the box in service.
2012
Medical Assist, 801 Market Street (Box 22-2)
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At the request of 24 EMS, company 22 dispatched class one to 801 Market Street in Lykens for a patient with difficulty breathing. Having just cleared the previous call (see call #77) The Engine and Truck responded and met EMS on the scene. With power out in the area, the extremely obese patient's hospital bed had deflated and a request was made for a generator to re-inflate the bed. Chief 22-2 and a firefighter were about to bring a generator from station 22 when power to the area was restored, and the box was placed in service.
2013
Trailer Fire, Market and Pottsville St (Box 23-2)
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Truck 22 dispatched class three to assist Company 23 on a trailer fire near the intersection of Pottsville Street and Market Street below the Sewer Plant on the 23-2 box. Truck 22 responded with 6, and Chiefs 22 and 22-1 responded POV. On arrival, crew was assigned to assist with overhaul and digging out any remaining hot spots in a large construction trailer on a cleared lot along Market Street. Crews assisted 23 until released by Command.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


1959
Webster's Structure Fire - Enders, PA
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Lester Webster's home in Enders was damaged by fire to a loss of $3,000 on December 7, 1959. Fire companies from Fisherville, Millersburg, Gratz, Elizabethville, Halifax, and Powells Valley responded to the scene.
Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1736
First Volunteer Fire Company - Philadelphia, PA
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Under Benjamin Franklin's urging, a group of thirty men came together to form the Union Fire Company on December 7, 1736. Their equipment included "leather buckets, with strong bags and baskets (for packing and transporting goods), which were to be brought to every fire. The blaze battlers met monthly to talk about fire prevention and fire-fighting methods. Homeowners were mandated to have leather fire-fighting buckets in their houses. This was the first organized fire brigade in the United States and the predecessor to the Philadelphia Fire Department.
1941
Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor - Oahu, HI

1946
Winecoff Hotel Fire - Atlanta, GA
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A deadly fire occurred at the 15-story Winecoff Hotel in downtown Atlanta on December 7, 1946. 119 people died and 91 were injured. The fire is believed to have accidentally started on the third floor, possibly due to careless smoking, but there is also a theory of arson. It remains the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history, and prompted many changes in building codes across the country.
2002
Cowgate Fire - Edinburg, Scotland
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The Cowgate is a street in Edinburgh, Scotland, part of the lower level of Edinburgh's Old Town, which is partly built around the elevated streets of South Bridge and George IV Bridge. At eight o'clock on the evening of December 7, 2002, a fire started above a nightclub in the street. It quickly took hold, spreading to buildings on the South Bridge, lighting up the sky for miles around, and blanketing the city with acrid smoke. The fire was difficult to control as it spread through the uncharted vaults beneath the South Bridge. The fire claimed no lives, but destroyed many buildings, including much of the University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics and the Gilded Balloon comedy club. 19 fire crews in total attended the blaze, the majority from Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade. It took over a day to bring the fire completely under control. Two main transport arteries, the Cowgate and South Bridge, remained closed for several days following the fire. One of the world's most comprehensive archival libraries in artificial intelligence was destroyed when the School of Informatics burned in the fire.

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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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