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1985
Garbage Truck Fire, Goss Gas Station (Box 22-4)
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Engine 22 was dispatched to a truck fire. The borough's garbage truck caught fire in front of Goss Gas Station, and was in the middle of Main Street. Engine 22 responded, and Chief 22 responded POV, and on arrival, found smoke and flames coming from the rear of the truck. One line was pulled to extinguish the fire, with extensive overhaul as all contents of the truck had to be pulled out and watered down.
1986
Accident w/inj, Main & Market Sts (Box 22-1)

1996
Accident w/injuries, Main & Market Sts (Box 22-19)
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Engine 22 was dispatched for an accident on the square (intersection of Main and Market Streets). Engine 22 responded and found two pickup trucks that had collided, with no apparent injuries. The crew cleaned up the scene until released by command.
1999
Accident w/ Injuries, 25 Main St (Box 22-1)

2000
Accident w/inj, 25 Main St (Box 22-1)

2010
Structure Fire with Entrapment, 3943 Powells Valley Road (Box 19-1)
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Companies 19, 29, and 22 dispatched to 3943 Powells Valley Road in Jefferson Township for a report of a structure fire with entrapment. Truck 22 responded with 7 and Engine 22 with 5. Chief 19-1 on scene with Engine 19 confirmed a working fire with entrapment. Companies 216 and 21 were added to the box. Chief 19 arrived on scene and had command. Truck 22 arrived just behind Engine and Brush 19, accessing the property by cutting through an adjoining field, and the crew went to the rear of the structure and pulled out the owner of the property from the back bedroom. His wife had exited the structure and ran to the neighbors to report the fire. Unfortunately, the person was deceased. Crews from the Truck used available tank water from Engines 19 and 29-1 until the water ran out. Engine 22 arrived and set up a relay to Engine 29-1 laying out 700 feet of 5 inch supply hose to connect to the 1000 feet laid out by Engine 29-1, and then drafted from a porta tank set up on Powells Valley Road and supplied by tankers 216, 21, and 29. Access to the structure from Powells Valley Road was very difficult because of a narrow lane back to the structure. Crews from 29, 22, 19, 21 and 216 worked the interior of the structure once a water supply was established. Chief 21 established a manpower pool in front of Rescue 21. Perry Tanker 9 was relocated to Station 216, and Company 37 relocated to Station 29, with a crew from 37 eventually called into the scene for overhaul. After control was marked by command, and during the overhaul stage, 2 pet dogs were found deceased. Crews continued to extinguish hot spots and perform overhaul while assisting the fire marshal. Temperatures were in the teens with a breeze and snow flurries throughout the incident. Crews assisted with the breakdown of the 1700 feet of 5 inch supply line, and were released by command and went available.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


1905
Lamp Explosion - North Second Street - Lykens, PA
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A fire occurred at the Charles Baker residence on North Second Street on Wednesday, December 20, 1905. Mrs. Baker was severely burned about the body and arms by an exploding coal oil lamp. She turned down the wick of the lamp and tried to blow it out when it exploded. It had been used on a sewing machine, along with another lamp, which was successfully extinguished. The lamps were used at the machine as Mrs. Baker was dressing a doll for her little daughter. The fire badly damaged the sewing machine, and the side of the room was set on fire. Mr. Baker was in the room at the time and extinguished the flames.
1960
Brubaker Tool Company Chip Dump Fire - Millersburg, PA
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On December 20, 1960, the Millersburg Fire Company was called at 3:23 p.m. for a fire in the oil impregnated metal chip dump at the Brubaker Tool Company.
1962
Raymond Crum Workshop Fire - Millersburg, PA

Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1970
Pioneer Hotel Fire - Tucson, AZ
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A fire occurred at the Pioneer International Hotel in Tuscon, Arizona on December 20, 1970. People from all over Arizona and northern Mexico were staying there, hoping to get a head start on their Christmas gift gathering in the downtown shopping district. Many of them were asleep, recovering from a long day of shopping at nearby department stores, when the fire broke out shortly after midnight. 350 Hughes Aircraft Company workers were celebrating at the company's annual party. Fire was delberately set in two places on the fourth floor by a 16 year old boy as a diversion so he could steal from the rooms. It ripped through the building,which was filled with flamable carpet, wallpaper, furnishings, etc. As smoke began to seep into rooms and flames were at doors, some guests made a fatal decision to jump from the windows, others never knew they were in danger - dying in their beds. 28 people died in the fire and another died from fire injuries nine months later. Immediately following the fire, the Tucson Fire Department was given permission to purchase the biggest ladder truck made at the time - 150 feet. The 100-foot ladders used in the Pioneer fire reached only to the eighth floor.
1973
Spanish Prime Minister Killed - Madrid, Spain

1984
Summit Tunnel Fire - Todmorden, England
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A train carrying more than 835 tons of gasoline in 13 tanker cars was passing through the Summit Tunnel on the Greater Manchester/West Yorkshire border, between Littleborough and Todmorden, England on December 20, 1984. While in the tunnel, at 5:50 a.m., a defective axle bearing derailed the fourth tanker, which also knocked the tanker cars behind it off the track. One of the derailed tankers fell on its side and began to leak its content into the tunnel. Vapor from the leaking gasoline was ignited by a hot axle box. The three members of the train's crew ran a mile to the end of the tunnel to call in the alarm. Crews from Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire fire brigades quickly attended the scene. The train crew went back in the tunnel and brought the three tankers that were still on the rails out. The fire crews entered the tunnel to begin firefighting operations. At 9.40 a.m. the pressure in one of the heated tankers rose high enough to open its pressure relief valves. The vented vapor caught fire and blew flames onto the tunnel wall. The wall deflected the flames both ways along the tunnel, the bricks in the tunnel wall began to break apart and melt. The fire crews decided to evacuate. They managed to leave just before the first explosion occurred. The fire burned freely inside the tunnel and the air temperature rose, all ten tankers discharged gasoline vapors from their pressure relief valves. Two tankers melted and discharged their remaining loads in floods. The fuel supply was so rich, that there wasn't enough oxygen in the tunnel for it to burn. Instead it was propelled out two ten-foot wide blast shafts of the tunnel and burst into flames almost 150 feet high. The gasses blew up these shafts at 110 mph, taking with it molten pieces of the tunnel lining and tank cars, which came raining down on the hillside like lava bombs, setting the brush on fire. Unable to get close enough to fight the fire directlty, the firefighters forced foam into ventilation shafts far from the fire. This created blockages that starved the fire of oxygen. By mid-afternoon the next day the inferno was no longer burning, but the fire was not out. Gasoline continued to leak from the derailed tankers through the tunnel drainage and ballast and the vapors sporadically re-ignited. Gasoline had also leaked into the nearby River Roch, and the towns of Summit and Todmorden, were evacuated. Firefighters continued to fight the fire for two more days, until it was put out just after 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Fire crews remained at the scene until January 7, 1985. Of the approximately 315,000 gallons of gasoline being carried by the train: 73,000 gallons were rescued by the train crew, 4,200 gallons were recovered after the fire, and 237,750 gallons burned.
1993
Kheyvis Fire - Olivos, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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A fire occurred at the Kheyvis nightclub in Olivos, Buenos Aires, Argentina on December, 20, 1993, during a La Salle College graduation party. The fire is believed to have been caused by the burning of furniture as a prank. 17 teenagers died 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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