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1943
Chimney Fire, Penna RR Ofice

1982
Chimney Fire, 675 Main St (Box 22-)

2005
Furnace Fire, 443 East Market Street (Box 24-1)
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Companies 24, 23, 22, and 66 were dispatched to a report of a furnace fire at 443 East Market Street in Williamstown. Truck-22 responded with a crew of six and Chief-22 responded POV. The truck arrived as the first piece on the scene and assumed command, followed shortly by the arrival of Engine-23. The crew was advised by local police on the scene that the fire was out. Command held the box to the Truck-22 and Engine-23 and placed the remainder of the box in service.
2007
Structure Fire, 57 West Main Street (Box 21-1)
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On December 15, 2007, around 3:30 a.m., fire companies were dispatched for a fire in a second floor bathroom ceiling at 57 West Main Street in Elizabethville. The dispatch called for Companies 21 and 26, and Truck 20. Chief 21 arrived on the scene and confirmed that it was a working fire in the attic. He upgraded the box, which added Truck 22, Engine 20 and, eventually, Tankers 20, 23, and 216. Truck 22 responded with a crew of seven and, being the second truck into the scene, was initially assigned RIT. Engine 21 arrived on the scene, set up on side-1, and crews advanced a CAFS line to the upper floors. A second CAFS line backed up the crew in the attic with the first line, and a third CAFS line went up a ladder to the third floor. Tanker 21 and Rescue 21 staged nearby in support positions. Truck 20 set up in the alley on side B, and Engine 20 set up at the intersection of Main and Callowhill streets. Truck 20 immediately went into the task of ventilation. Engine 26 laid 800 feet of 5-inch hose from the square to side A/D to supply the Truck 20 and possibly Engine 21. Truck 22 first staged on Main Street behind Engine 26, but later relocated to the intersection of Callowhill and Main Streets. Engine 29 was relocated to Station 21. The Truck 22 crew took their equipment to side A, where they were assigned to assist Truck 20 with ventilation. The truck crews vented side C and also participated with rotating crews going interior to the upper floors for salvage and overhaul. The fire was brought under control in half an hour, but there was an extensive amount of overhaul to be done, which took quite some time. The attic was divided into two rooms with pressed cardboard type wallboard as the finish. All the wallboard needed to be removed, as did the accumulation of years of the homeowner's memories from over the past 60 years. Blown-in insulation was found, and crews ended up pulling ceilings in two rooms on the second floor to remove it. The crews continued to dig out hot spots, with fresh crews rotating inside to replace spent crews. Rescue 21 used all the air from its cascade system after filling almost 50 SCBA cylinders. Neighbors and Koppy's on the Square supplied refreshments. Breakfast was served to all fireground crews at Station 21. Medic-6 and Ambulance-20 were on scene to provide support. The Elizabethville Borough road crew responded and salted the roads as crews began to tear down. Truck 22 was released by command and returned available around 8:35 a.m. The fire was accidental. It started in the ceiling of the second floor bathroom at a light fixture. The owner reported that, on a bathroom visit at some point during the night, the switch for the light did not work. Chief 21 later reported that the work of the mixed-company crews was one of the greatest teamwork efforts he'd seen in his career as Fire Chief.
2013
Cardiac Arrest AED Response, 711 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 dispatched class one to 711 Main Street in Lykens Boro for a cardiac arrest, AED response. EMS placed the company available before response.
2014
AFA, 300 Chestnut Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22, Engine 23, and Truck 20 for the out of service Truck 22 dispatched class one to the Alfa Laval Thermal Corporation plant at 300 Chestnut Street in Lykens for an automatic fire alarm. Engine 22 responded with 6, Utility 22 with 4, Truck 20 with 3, and Chief 22 POV to the scene. On his arrival, he placed the box in service, burnt food.
2016
Chimney Fire, 884 Rakers Mill Rd (Box 21-4)
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Company 21, 26 and Truck 22 dispatched class one to the 21-4 box at 884 Rakers Mill Road in Washington Township for a chimney fire. Truck 22 responded with 7, and on arrival, command assigned them to the D side of the 2 1/2 story wood frame single family dwelling where they set up and went to the roof. Crews split with the roof crew running chains and weights down the chimney to clear it while the rest of the crew worked the bottom of the chimney and the first floor interior. This continued until the chimney was cleaned out and no longer blocked. Command then placed the box in service.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


1934
Vehicle Accident - Mifflin Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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Miss Gladys Smeltz, age 16, of Pillow, was injured with a possible fractured skull and left leg, when a car driven by Forrest Wertz, age 21, of Elizabethville, skidded on a gravel road one and a half miles northwest of Berrysburg on Saturday night, December 15, 1934. Wertz escaped with brush burns of the face and body.
1978
Fisherville House Fire - Fisherville, PA
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An unfinished house in Fisherville which was under construction by Donco Construction Inc. was destroyed by fire around 3 a.m. on a very cold December 15, 1978. The alarm was answered by fire companies from Fisherville, Halifax, Powells Valley, Carsonville, and Elizabethville.
Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1974
Nursing Home Fire - Nottingham, England


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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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