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1900
Fire, Gibble's Store
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The third fire of the year occurred at Gibble's Store, located at the corner of Main Street and Liberty Ave. The alarm sounded at 4:40 PM on December 11, 1900. The company responded and made connection to the plug at the corner of Main and Market Streets. No water was used. Damage was very slight.
1919
Fire, American Briquette Plant
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Fire of incendiary origin caused a loss of $30,000 to the American Briquette Plant, north of Lykens.
1983
False Alarm, Unknown (Box 22-1)
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Members of Company 22 rushed to the station when they heard the siren blow from a hand pull activation at the pull station on front of the municipal building. The first arriving crew to the station found no one at the pull station, and nearby residents stated that they thought they saw a teen pull the alarm and run off. Members waited to see if a true emergency was located somewhere in the Borough, and after confirmation by the Chief that this was a false alarm, they returned home.
1996
Search Party, Powells Valley & Lykens Rds (Box 216-81)
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Companies 22 and 23 were dispatched to the area of the state game lands to assist PSP with a search detail. Chief 22-1 and Chief 22 responded POV to the scene. PSP advised all units to respond non-emergency, reporting that they believed they had located the missing person. Engine 22 and Squad 23 responded and staged in the parking lot at the top of the Lykens Mountain. The missing person was confirmed to have been located by PSP and the box was placed in service.
1998
Structure Fire, 229 North 2nd Street (Box 22-1)

1999
Relocate, Station 21 (Box 21-3)

2011
Medical Assist, 801 Market Street (Box 22-2)
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Company 22 dispatched class three to 801 Market Street in Lykens to assist EMS with lifting an extremely obese patient. Truck 22 responded with 5 and requested Rescue 23 to be added to the call. Rescue 23 responded with 4, and Chiefs 23 and 22-1 responded POV to the scene. On arrival, crews assisted EMS with removing the patient from their ambulance and into his home, and then went available.
2011
Structure Fire, 501 Center Street (Box 23-1)
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Companies 23 and 22 dispatched class one to 501 Center Street in Wiconisco for a report of black smoke coming from the second floor. Engine, Rescue, and Tanker 23 responded along with Chief 23 POV, who arrived on scene and took command. Truck 22 responded with 4, Engine 22 with 5, and Utility 22 with 2. The Truck took the A side and went to the roof to vent while the rest of the crew laddered the building. Engine 22 arrived from the South Street side C and pulled one hand line to the rear of the structure. The rest of the crew assisted 23 crew members. The utility arrived on side C and sent it's manpower to assist the Engine. On arrival, there was heavy black smoke coming from the second floor of the structure and spreading towards the rear of the building. Engine 23's first line in reached the main fire in a second floor bedroom and did a quick knockdown. Command requested Engine 24 to the scene, and they responded with 4 and on arrival, staged their apparatus and sent their manpower to side A. Crews opened up the building quickly, and started overhaul while the Truck crew tarped the interior. One Engine 22 firefighter that became ill was transported to the hospital by Medic 6. Crews continued with salvage until released by Command 23.
2018
Structure Fire, 502 Indian Trail Rd (Box 27-5)
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The 27-5 box dispatched class one for a structure fire at 502 Indian Trail Road in Lykens Township bringing companies 27, 26, 28, 21, 23, and Truck 22. Truck 22 responded with 7 and while enroute was advised by command 27 of a column and the box was upgraded to a first alarm, bringing additional resources from 20, 216, 35 for an air unit, and Schuylkill County for an Engine from Klingerstown and one from Sacremento. Utility 22 also responded with 1. Command instructed the Truck that upon their arrival they should proceed in the first driveway and set up on the C side of the building a ventilate. Truck 22 arrived on scene of a 35 by 100 foot 2 story commercial building with heavy fire blowing out the C side and heavy black smoke coming from the roof. The Truck set up on the C/D corner and vented the D side Gable, pulled the roof ridge vent, and set up ladders on the C side of the building while crews from the other companies were attempting a knockdown of the fire. When conditions worsened Command ordered everyone out of the building and they transitioned to an external defensive attack from multiple sides. When the bulk of the heavy fire was knocked down crews re-entered the building and began transitioning back to an offensive attack. An extended period of extinguishment was needed before Command marked control. Crews then began extensive overhaul. The Truck was eventually re-positioned to the B/C corner and set up to extinguish any visible fire from the roof area while overhauling the C side second floor walls. Chief 22 requested that Schuylkill County Rescue Engine 22-11 from Muir be relocated to Station 22. They responded with 3 and relocated to Station 22 where they remained until the return of the Truck. Engine 32 transferred to Station 21 for the event as well. Command released the Truck and the Company went available. Units on the call: Dauphin County Engine, Rescue and Tanker 27 Rescue and Tanker 28 Engine and Tanker 26 Engine, Rescue, Tanker, and Utility 21 Engine, Rescue, and Tanker 23 Truck and Utility 22 Truck 20 Tanker and Squad 216 Air 35 Engine 32 to Station 21 24 EMS Schuylkill County Engine 14-10 Engine 65 Rescue 13-50 Engine 22-11 relocated to Dauphin Station 22
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


2001
Rissinger Fire - Sacramento, PA
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A passing motorist discovered fire in the home of Robert Rissinger, 548 Hemlock Drive, Sacramento, just off Route 25, at 3:45 a.m. on December 11, 2001. The home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The cause was a chimney fire, which moved quickly through the home. Robert Rissinger, age 71, died in the fire. His wife, Donna, escaped and was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown and admitted to the Burn Unit.
Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1916
Quaker Oats Factory Fire - Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

1934
Kern Hotel Fire - Lansing, MI
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At 5:30 a.m. on December 11, 1934,fire broke out at the Kerns Hotel, a 211-room four-story brick hotel in Lansing, Michigan. At the time of the fire, the hotel had 215 registered guests. 34 people, including seven state legislators died and 44 people were injured, including 14 firefighters. Two of the injured people died later. Many guests escaped by descending four fire ladders, and eight people jumped into life nets. However, the fire spread through the hotel?s wooden interior so rapidly that many people were trapped in their rooms. Seventy-two members of the ninety-seven-man Lansing fire force fought the fire using eight of the force's eleven pieces of fire apparatus.
1971
Methane Explosion - Port Huron, MI

2005
Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal Fire - Hertfordshire, England
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A series of explosions early on the morning of December 11, 2005, caused a fire at the Buncefield Depot terminal, an oil storage facility located near the M1 motorway on the edge of Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, England. The first and largest explosion occurred at 06:01 UTC near container 912, probably an unconfined vapour cloud explosion. These were some of the largest explosions ever to occur in the country, and the incident has been described as the biggest of its kind in peacetime Europe. The tank fires were extinguished by the afternoon of December 13, 2005. However, one storage tank re-ignited in the evening, and the firefighters left it to burn, rather than attempting to re-extinguish it.

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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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