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1983
Car Fire, Food-Rite Parking Lot (Box 22-1)

1989
Structure Fire, 3195 Powells Valley (Box 19-1)
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Tanker 22 was dispatched to assist Company 19 in Jefferson Township with a structure fire. Tanker 22 responded with a crew of two, and upon arrival staged on scene until released by command.
1995
CO Detector, 224 West Market St (Box 24-11)

2003
Structure Fire, 3200 Armstrong V Rd (Box 216-2)
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Tanker 22 was dispatched to assist Company 216 on a structure fire. The tanker was canceled shortly after response.
2008
Structure Fire, 609 Spruce Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 was dispatched at 2:21 p.m. after 911 received several calls for smoke coming from the attic at 609-611 Spruce Street in Lykens. Companies 22, 23, 21, 24, and Schuylkill County Fire District 66 were dispatched. The first unit arrived at 2:27 p.m. Chief 22-2 had Command with Chief 22-1 handling fireground operations. Truck 20 replaced Truck 22 due to a manpower shortage. Engine 21 and Engine 26 were added for additional manpower, and Company 27 was placed on stand-by in Station 27. A crew from Tower City Company 66 was the R.I.T. team and Chief 21 was the manpower officer. 609-611 Spruce Street was a duplex home with five residents at 609 Spruce Street and four residents at 611 Spruce Street. Each side was owned by a different landlord. Only 611 Spruce Street was insured. Neither side's tenants had insurance. There was extensive fire damage to the attic and roof area and the attic contents. There was an approximately 3 x 4 foot area that burned completely through the attic floor on the 609 side of the structure. The first and second floors of both sides suffered smoke and water damage. Tarps were placed over the furniture on both sides in order to reduce water damage. The fire was declared under control at 3:33 p.m. County Fire Marshal Dennis Woodring and Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Patrick McKenna investigated the fire and determined that the fire was accidental and that it was caused by a overloaded electrical circuit. The last unit departed the scene at 6:56 p.m. While at this fire scene another call came in at 3:34 p.m. for a fire alarm activation at 123 South Second Street in Lykens. Engine 26 left the scene with a Company 21 crew to handle that call. (see call #75)
2008
Automatic Fire Alarm, 123 South Second Street (Box 22-1)
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While Company 22 and other mutual aid units were at the scene of a fire on Spruce Street (see call #74), a call came in at 3:34 p.m. for a fire alarm activation at 123 South Second Street in Lykens. Engine 26 (Berrysburg) responded with a combined Company 21 (Elizabethville) and Company 26 crew. On their arrival, it was determined that the alarm was triggered by paint fumes. A smoke ejector was used to ventilate the basement. Engine 26 and the crew returned to the original call on Spruce Street at 4:00 p.m.
2008
Automatic Fire Alarm, 123 South Second Street (Box 22-1)
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At 6:08 p.m. on December 23, 2008, as Company 22 members were about to leave the fire station after clean up from a previous fire call on Spruce Street (see call #74), a call for an automatic fire alarm at 123 South Second Street in Lykens came in. This was the second call for an automatic alarm at that location. A call for that residence (see call #75) had been handled by Engine 26 and a mixed-company crew during the fire event on Spruce Street a few hours earlier. Engine 22 responded with a crew of six and Truck 22 responded with a crew of seven. After arriving and investigating, it was determined to be a faulty alarm system. The crews checked the residence and the homeowners placed battery operated smoke alarms into operation. Company 22 was placed available at 6:30 p.m.
2016
Medical Assist - Cardiac Arrest, 406 Division Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 dispatched class one to 406 Division Street in Lykens to assist EMS with a cardiac arrest. Chief 22 responded POV and Truck 22 went enroute with 6. On arrival, Medic 6 declared a signal 12 and the Company was placed available.
2017
Accident with no injury, 575 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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At the request of Chief 22-2 on scene, Utility 22 dispatched class three to the BB&T Bank on Main street for a two vehicle non injury accident for traffic control. PSP on scene. Chief 22 responded POV and Utility 22 responded with 4. On arrival, Main street in the 600 block was closed down between Market and Pine until the towing service arrived and removed one of the vehicles. Command then placed the box available.
2017
Pedestrian Struck, 547 Main Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 dispatched class one to 547 Main Street for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Chief 22-1 responded POV and on his arrival, he had one patient down in the middle of the roadway with serious injuries. Truck 22 responded with 4 and on arrival, sent crew to Main and Market and Main and Pine streets while the remainder assisted EMS with patient care. After the patient was transferred to the ambulance the company was placed available.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


1978
Jim Herzing's Structure Fire - Millersburg, PA
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Fire destroyed the basement of the home of Jim Herzing of 920 Center Street, Millersburg. The smoke was so thick that it hampered the efforts to locate the fire. It took 20 minutes to locate it and five minutes to extinguish it.
1978
Halifax Chair Seat Factory Fire - Millersburg, PA
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Fire destroyed the Halifax Chair Seat Factory, located in Millersburg and owned by J.H. Klingman, Edward Kingman, and A.J. Fasancht. The fire started in the paint room and spread rapidly throughout the building, causing a $25,000 loss. The fire alarm was sounded at 10 a.m. 15 employees working on the second floor escaped the fire by leaping into a saw dust pile below. The Millersburg Fire Company battled the blaze for two hours before gaining the upper hand. Three hand lines were used.
Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1899
Sumner Coal Mine Explosion - Summer, PA

1938
Costume Fire - Culver City, CA
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Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch of The West costume caught fire during the filming of "Wizard of Oz" on December 23, 1938. The fire occurred in the Munchkinland scene, when she was to disappear in a puff of fiery smoke. She was severely burned and hospitalized. Note: When she returned from the hospital at a later time, she refused to do the scene where she flies a broomstick billowing smoke, so the directors chose to have a stand-in perform the scene instead. The stand-in was severely injured doing the scene after a malfunction occurred.
1972
Managua Earthquake - Managua, Nicaragua
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OnDecember 23, 1972, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake in Managua, Nicaragua, killed more than 10,000 people and left 250,000 homeless. The quake hit in the middle of the night and immediately destroyed nearly 75 percent of Managua and continued for hours. Many fires broke out around the city. The following day, chaos reigned throughout the city. Although people remained trapped under the rubble, there were few rescue workers available to help them. Four of the major hospitals in the city were also destroyed, making it difficult for the thousands of injured victims to receive medical care. Eventually, a significant portion of the city was just bulldozed without ever recovering bodies that may have been under the rubble.
1995
Mandi Dabwali Tent Fire - Mandi Dabwali, India
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On December 23, 1995, at Rajiv Marriage Palace in Mandi Dabwali, India during a celebration, a short circuit from an electric generator ignited a synthetic cloth tent. The unauthorized construction surrounded by high brick walls of the palace provided no means of evacuation and the main entrance was cut off by the flames. 441 people died, many of them children, and at least 150 were injured.

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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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