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1885
Fire, Andrew Hoffman's
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The first fire call in the history of Liberty Hose Company No. 2. Fire broke out at 11:30 AM in the double frame tenement house owned by Andrew Hoffman. The house was located on North Second Street near the West end. At the time of alarm, members of the company were in the carriage house. They were cleaning the hose and carriage for a parade on Saturday. There was only 350 feet of hose on the reel when the alarm sounded. Thinking that would be enough, they responded to the fire. Upon reaching the scene they discovered there wasn't enough hose to reach the fire. H. K. Myers hurried back to the hose house where he and Henry Ream loaded the rest of the hose onto Isaac Hoffman's coal wagon. Isaac drove, on the gallop, to the fire where the boys soon had two streams playing and put the fire out.
1977
Structure Fire, Big Run
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Fire damaged the home of James and Joanne Cessna in Big Run (Washington Twp.) Firefighters from Lykens and Elizabethville responded. The fire started as towels were placed against a heater in the second floor bathroom. Damage was listed at $8,000.
1991
Auto Alarm, 97A Union Church Rd (Box 19-11)
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Tanker-22 was dispatched to an automatic alarm in Jefferson Township. Tanker-22 responded with a crew of two and was canceled while enroute.
1995
Accident w/inj w/ent, Glen Rd-Peewee Cave (Box 216-89)

1999
Accident w/ Injuries, 755 Main St (Box 22-2)
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Engine-22 and Engine-23 were dispatched for a two vehicle head-on accident in the 700-Block of Main Street. Chief 22-2 on the scene was reporting several victims, with a driver semi-concious still in the vehicle but not trapped. Engine-22 responded with a crew of six. Engine-23 responded but was re-directed to the L & W Ballfield to set up an LZ for Life Lion. Engine-22 arrived on the scene, extricated patients, and performed initial patient assessments until the arrival of EMS, who had come from Elizabethville. One patient was taken to the landing zone for a flight to Hershey Medical Center. The remaining patients were transported by ambulance. The crew remained on the scene providing traffic control and scene cleanup until wreckers removed the vehicles.
2000
Emergency Work Detail, Station 22 (Box 22-1)
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Chief 22-2 requested assistance for an emergency work detail at Station 22, and the company was dispatched. Members responded to the station to assist the Chief on a detail and then went available.
2016
CO Alarm, 330 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Engine 22 dispatched class 1 to 330 Main Street for a report of CO in a house with a possible patient. Chief 22 responded POV and Engine 22 went enroute with 4. On arrival, readings were taken with no CO present in the house. Command cleared the box so that the crew could respond to an EMS call (see call #90).
2016
Medical Assist, 610 Laurel Lane (Box 22-1)
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After clearing the previous call (see call #89)Company 22 was requested to assist Medic 6 at 610 Laurel Lane in Lykens. Engine 22 went enroute with 4, Chiefs 22 and 22-1 went enroute POV, and 2 additional members responded from their residence across the street to the scene. On arrival, crew assisted Medic 6 with removing the patient from the residence and transferring her to their unit for transport, and then went available.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


1957
Tom Amig House Fire - Washington Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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Fire destroyed the Tom Amig's house and contents in Washington Township on December 17, 1957. The loss was $2,000.
2002
Luxemburg Road Barn Fire - Lykens Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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A Barn fire occurred at 700 Luxemburg Road, Lykens Township, on December 17, 2002. Arriving fire companies found heavy fire showing on the lower portion of the barn, Sides 1 and 2. Using two 1?-inch lines, and one 3-inch line, the fire was held to the room of origin. The farmer had converted part of the barn into a workshop, using a woodstove for heat. The woodstove was the point of origin of the fire. Company 27, 26, 28, and 65 units responded to the fire scene, as well as Tanker 21 and Tanker 1430. This was an Amish farm, and the farmer's daughter happened to be getting married the next day. The workshop had been converted into a sort of game room for the kids who would be attending the wedding. The wedding did occurr the next day, as planned.
Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1914
Pottsville Fire - Pottsville, PA

1938
Utrecht Central Station Fire - Utrecht, Netherlands

1961
Gran Circus Americano Fire - Niter?i, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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A disgruntled, recently dismissed, circus employee set fire to the tent at the North American Circuis in Niter?i, Brazil on December 17, 1961. The fire started during the 3 p.m. matinee performance. The waterproofed canvas tent burned rapidly. 323 people (mostly women and children) died in the fire, and 600 people were injured from burns, smoke inhalation, and trampling.
1972
Uptown Shopping Center Explosion - Harrisburg, PA
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On a cold (10?F) December 17, 1972, a faulty high pressure gas regulator at Front and Division Streets in Harrisburg, probably damaged earlier in the year during the Hurricane Agnes Flood, caused ruptures in the gas meters at several locations up the line. One such location was the stores in the Uptown Shopping Center, an L-shaped strip mall on Division Street. The W.T. Grant Department Store filled with gas and exploded, wrecking the store and sending debris across the parking lot. What wasn't damaged in the blast was destroyed by the fire that followed. It was a Sunday morning and the store was closed at the time of the incident. At the same time of this incident, the Lakeside Lutheran Church on Division Street also had an explosion and fire, and another gas fire occurred at Central Storage on Industrial Road.
1983
Alca 20 Disco Fire - Madrid, Spain
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The Alca 20 Disco in the basement of a downtown building in Madrid, Spain, had an electrical short that ignited some plastic curtains, causing a fire that spread rapidly. The disco was crowded at the time the fire broke out, at 4:45 a.m. 83 people died from that fire, most of whom suffocated after breathing toxic smoke from burning plastic.
2004
Mason Hotel Fire - San Diego, CA
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A fire sparked by a careless smoker tore through a hotel at 1345 Fifth Avenue in the Centre City district of San Diego, California on December 17, 2004, killing one person, injuring 17 others ? including a police officer ? and causing more than $1 million in damage. 125 firefighters from San Diego and Chula Vista battled the blaze. Arriving engine crews had to help several people escape the structure through windows and down ladders. Firefighters broke down a locked first-floor door and found residents in the hallway, who they then rescued.

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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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