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Incidents for which we were dispatched (see Note 1)Hide

1981
Chimney Fire, Loyalton (Box 21-)

2012
Outside Fire, 928 Main Street (Box 22-2)
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Company 22 dispatched class one to the area of 928 Main Street in the Boro for a report of an outside fire. Engine 22 responded class three with 6, Utility 22 with 2, and Chief 22 POV. On arrival, a tree was found to be laying across power lines and on fire. PPL was notified, and shortly thereafter a portion of the tree burned off and fell to the ground, which was extinguished with a pint of water. Crews remained on scene until the arrival of PPL and then went available.
2013
Automatic Fire Alarm, 614 Market Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 dispatched class one to 614 Market Street in Lykens Boro for an automatic fire alarm. Chief 22 responded POV and Engine 22 went enroute with 6. On arrival, the location was a 2 1/2 story single family dwelling, un-occupied, with an audible alarm sounding. Lykens PD 4526 was on scene and forced entry on the D side door, where crews entered and investigated. A faulty smoke alarm was found in the first floor hallway. After checking all floors and basement of the building and finding nothing, command placed the box in service.
2017
Odor Inside, 601 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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At the request of PSP and Medic 6 on scene, Engine 22 dispatched class three to 601 Main Street in Lykens to the Israel Building to an apartment on the second floor with an unknown odor. Chiefs 22 and 22-2 responded POV to the scene and Engine 22 went enroute with 2. On arrival, the crew investigated the apartment but did not find anything that was causing the odor. After ventilating the apartment the odor was removed and command placed the box available.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


1866
Benneville Welker's House Fire - Lykens, PA
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The dwelling house of Benneville Welker on Pine Street was partially destroyed by fire on December 22, 1866.
1991
Bordner House Fire - Berrysburg, PA

Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1910
Chicago Union Stock Yards Fire - Chicago, IL
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The Chicago Union Stock Yards Fire occurred from December 22, 1910 and resulted in the deaths of twenty-one firemen. The fire broke out at Warehouse 7 of the Nelson Morris Company at the Chicago Union Stock Yard at 4:09 am. By the time the blaze was extinguished at 6:37 am on December 23rd, 50 engine companies and seven Hook and Ladder companies had been called to the scene. Twenty-one firemen, including Fire Marshal James J Horan, were killed when one of the burning buildings collapsed with them inside.
1939
Express Train Accident - Magdeburg, Germany
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On the morning of December 22, 1939, an express train to Cologne filled with Christmas travelers made an unscheduled stop at the Genthin station near Magdeburg. The express train to Berlin came down the same tracks and ignored a stop signal. It was going full speed when it crashed straight into the rear car of the Cologne train. The Cologne train?s three rear coaches were demolished by the impact. The locomotive of the Berlin express derailed and took five if its coach cars with it. The official death toll was 132 people, with 109 serious injuries.
1963
Lakonia Ship Fire - Atlantic Ocean, near Madeira
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On December 22, 1963, the Greek ocean liner Lakonia was travelling from Southampton, England to the Canary Islands, on an 11-day Christmas Cruise. At around 11:00 p.m., 180 miles north of Madeira, a steward noticed smoke seeping under the door of the ship's hairdressing salon. He opened the door and found the room completely ablaze, and the fire rushed into the hallway toward the staterooms. He and another steward attempted to fight the flames with fire extinguishers, but the fire was spreading too fast to be contained. A six-man fire crew attempted to fight the blaze, but the fire spread too quickly to be contained. The pressure boilers began to explode, filling the rooms and hallways with smoke. The suffocating passengers were forced on deck, where they began to abandon ship at 1 a.m. Evacuation of the ship was extremely difficult. Some lifeboats burned before they could be lowered. Two of the lifeboats were swamped, spilling their occupants into the sea; one when it was lowered only by one end, and the other when its davits broke off. Chains had rusted in many of the davits, making boats difficult or impossible to move. In the end, just over half of the lifeboats made it safely away from the ship. The Lakonia continued to burn fiercely and was rocked by violent explosions. Those who remained on board flocked to the stern of the ship. After several hours, the flames closed in on them, and they were forced to descend ropes and rope ladders into the ocean. The port and starboard gangways were lowered as well, and people walked down the gangways into the sea. In the following hours six near-by ships and four U.S. planes responded to the scene to aid in the rescue. The ship had drifted as it burned, and passengers were scattered over a two to three mile area. At daybreak, a lifeboat picked up the Captain from the Lakonia, who was the last person to leave the ship alive. A total of 128 people died in the Lakonia disaster, of which 95 were passengers and 33 were crew members. Only 53 people were killed in the actual fire. The rest died from exposure, drowning, or injuries sustained while diving overboard. On December 24th, after the flames had died down, crews from the British aircraft carrier HMS Centaur were able to board the Lakonia. Most of the bodies were recovered. On December 29th, while being towed to Gibralter, the Lakonia rolled over onto her starboard side and sank stern-first in only three minutes.
1974
Myers Street Fire - Steelton, PA
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A fire of suspcious nature destroyed 16 homes on Myers Street in Steelton on December 22, 1974.

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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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