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1892
Fire, James G. Bateman's
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Fire occurred at the home of James G. Bateman on Market Street at 2:20 AM. The company responded and attached to the plug at the corner of North Second and Market Street. Loss was $7,000.
1957
Unrecorded Incident Type, Fetterhoff

1995
Accident w/injuries, 1100 Main Street (Box 22-29)

2007
Medical Assist, 523 Spruce Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 was requested by EMS to respond class three to assist with lifting a patient at 523 Spruce Street. Engine 22 responded with a crew of three and assisted Medic 6 with removing a patient from the residence to their transport unit.
2017
Tree down, Powells Valley Rd (Box 216-8)
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Company 22 dispatched class three to Powells Valley Road near the top of the mountain for a tree down across the highway. Utility 22 responded with 4, Chief 22 POV and Lieutenant 22 with 4 POV. On arrival, a tree was down and blocking one lane. The crew removed it and the roadway was cleared. Command placed the company available.
2017
Tree down, Powells Valley Rd (Box 216-8)
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Company 22 dispatched class three to Powells Valley Road in Jackson Township for a tree that was protruding out on to the highway and had struck an ambulance that was on the way to a call. Utility 22 responded with 4 and Lieutenant 22 with 3 POV. On arrival, pictures were taken of the limb and it was then cut up and removed from the highway. The company then went available.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


1905
Train Collision - Millersburg, PA
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On Christmas morning, 1905, a train carrying the special car of the Superintendent of the Northern Central Railroad Company, W. Heyward Meyers, and a party of his friends, crashed into the rear of a freight engine in Millersburg. It is believed that the engineer failed to see or disregarded a warning signal. The freight locomotive was taking on water at a water tank. The train was in charge of conductor Calvin Hoffman. Nobody on the train was hurt, but everybody was shaken. Both engines were badly damaged.
1977
Jake Hassinger's Structure Fire - Berrysburg, PA
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A structure fire occurred on Christmas Day, 1977, at the Jake Hassinger residence on Mill Road near Berrysburg. Company 26 arrived on the scene to find fire on two floors of a large farmhouse. Companies on the scene were: Companies 26 (Berrysburg), 28 (Pillow), and 21 (Elizabethville). When Elizabethville's Chief Jacque Wertz asked Chief 26 for an assignment. The reply was, " Help yourself. There's plenty."
Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1898
St. Patrick's Pro-Cathedral Fire - Harrisburg, PA

2000
Christmas Party Fire - Luoyang, China
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At least 309 people died in a Christmas night fire in the city of Luoyang, China. A dance hall on the top floor of a shopping center building served as the site of Christmas party. The shopping center was undergoing construction work during the day and it is thought that a fire broke out in the basement early in the evening, even before some of the party guests had arrived. The fire went unnoticed until it was raging out of control. When the partygoers finally became aware of the danger just after 9:30 p.m., chaos and panic ensued. Exits were blocked by larges boxes of merchandise. The elevators lost power and were thus inoperable. The emergency exit to the roof was locked. Another emergency exit filled with thick black smoke and could not be used. A handful of people leaped from the building's higher floors to air bags positioned by rescuers on the street below. However, the windows were too small for most of the people to fit through. The fire was not controlled by firefighters until 12:45 a.m. In the end, only 12 people of the more than 300 attendees survived. The vast majority of the 309 official deaths were caused by smoke inhalation and suffocation.
2006
Fireworks Store Fire - Ormoc City, philippines
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A fire at the Unitop General Merchandise store in Ormoc City, Phillipenes, on Christmas Day, 2006, killed 26 people. The fire started at 4:40 p.m. when a boy allegedly lit a firecracker that ignited the other firecrackers sold at the department stores entrance. The pyrotechnics sent a shower of sparks and flames up to the store's ceiling. From there, the blaze spread to plastic wares and DVD materials on display. The fire spread quickly, trapping shoppers inside. Only one glass door was open at the time and thick smoke prevented the shoppers from seeing it. Some managed to run out. But the others scrambled toward the back of the supermarket and rushed inside its two bathrooms, where most of the charred bodies were discovered later. The single-level store's only fire exit at the back of the store was padlocked. A firefighter forced it open to allow some survivors out. One young woman saved herself by climbing up to the roof of a three-story building beside the supermarket, then making her way down that building's fire exit, while the crowd below cheered her on. The fire, which was a general alarm or the most serious of four alarm levels, was placed under control at 7:30 p.m. Twenty-three bodies were found in the bathrooms. Three other people died later from their injuries. Those killed included customers, vendors, and store employees. The victims included a baby, two children, and a pregnant woman.

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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.
4.These lists can be filtered. Use the control section above to activate or de-activate filtering. Filtering will not affect the list of incidents we've responded to. But, it will be applied to both the other lists.

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