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1924
Fire, 300-Block S 2nd Street
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There was a slight fire at the home of Lydia Kirschner in the 300-Block of South Second Street on Tuesday evening, December 30, 1924 at 10 o'clock. Liberty Hose Company No. 2 responded, but the blaze was extinguished before arrival. Wiconisco fire company also responded, but were not required to give assistance.
2011
Chimney Fire, 77 White Oak Road (Box 19-1)
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Company 19 and Truck 22 dispatched class one to 77 Oak Road in Jefferson Township for a reported chimney fire. Engine 19-1 responded with 2, Chief 19-2 POV, and Brush 19 with 1. Truck 22 responded with 7 and Utility 22 with 2. On arrival of Engine 19-1 on scene, they placed Company 22 in service.
2011
Cardiac Arrest - AED response, 602 Pine Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 dispatched class one to 602 Pine Street in Lykens to assist EMS with a possible respiratory arrest. Truck 22 responded with 5, and on arrival, was informed by EMS that they all ready had the patient in their unit and he was breathing on his own. EMS placed the Truck in service.
2013
Structure Fire, 518 West Broad Street (Box 24-3)
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Truck 22 dispatched class one to Williamstown on the 24-3 box to the garage to the rear of 518 West Broad Street for a structure fire. The box also called for companies 24, 23, Schuylkill 650 and 647, and EMS from 24. Truck 22 responded with 7, and Utility 22 with 2. Chief 24 arrived on scene and reported a working fire, flames through the roof. Truck 22 was advised by command to stage the rig on Division Street and send our manpower with packs and tools to the scene. On arrival, the one story structure was to the ground and crews were just starting overhaul after extinguishing the main body of fire. The Truck crew assisted with overhaul until released by command.
2016
Smoke in an apartment, 15 South Second Street (Box 22-1)
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Structure box dispatched on the 22-1 box for the Rattling Creek Apartments, room 309 in Lykens for a report of smoke in the apartment. Companies 22, 23, 24, and 21 dispatched class one. Chiefs 22 and 22-1 responded POV and Engine 22 went enroute with 4 and Truck 22 with 3. On arrival at a 4 story, multi occupancy County home, crews checked the apartment and found a shorted electrical box leading to the hot water heater. Command marked control and held it to Company 22. Crews secured the power to the water heater and then went available.
2018
Medical Assist, 527 Spruce Street (Box 22-1)
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At the request of EMS Company 22 dispatched class three to 527 Spruce Street at the Opera House Apartments for forcible entry. Chief 22 responded POV to the scene and Engine 22 went enroute with 5. On arrival side D the crew forced entry through a window into the apartment to allow EMS access. The box was then placed available.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


1945
Harry Shiro Barn Fire - Gratz, PA

1978
Brown Motors Repair Shop Fire - Millersburg, PA
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A fire of undetermined origin destroyed the repair shop of Brown Motors near Lenkerville in Millersburg shortly before 1 p.m. on December 30, 1978. The Millersburg Fire Company was called at 12:45 a.m. and responded, but could not save the structure, so turned their efforts to preventing the spread of the flames. The loss was $16,000.
2004
Oven Fire - Halifax Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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An oven fire occurred at 131 Powells Valley Road in Halifax Township on December 30, 2004. It was a small fire in the oven with flames showing. The Halifax fire company arrived and extinguished the fire with a fire extinguisher. Units responding to the scene were: Chief 29, Tanker 29, Engine 29-1 and Ambulance 13-2. Units responding but cancelled enroute were: Truck 20, Engine 20, and Tanker 20.
Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1836
Lehman Theater Fire - St Petersburg, Russia

1903
Iroquois Theater Fire - Chicago, IL
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The Iroquois Theater Fire in Chicago, Illinois, claimed 602 lives on December 30, 1903. It is the single-building fire in U.S. history with the most fatalities, claiming over 100 more fatalities than the Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston. The Iroquois Theater, at 24-28 West Randolph Street, was advertised as "absolutely fireproof." That day, over 1,900 people were in attendance at a matin?e showing of the popular musical Mr. Bluebeard. At about 3:15 p.m., a light ignited a curtain. The firefighting equipment on hand was ineffective and the protective asbestos curtain failed to drop completely. Actors and dancers fled through a backstage door, and the influx of air fueled a huge fireball. Locked exits, doors that opened inward, and unfinished fire escapes prevented many people from escaping. Of the 500 or so actors, dancers, stagehands, etc., a tightrope walker died. Comedian Eddie Foy was hailed as a hero for attempting to calm the crowd.
1990
Annville Fires - South Annville Twp, Lebanon Co, PA
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Firefighters battled three suspicious fires that erupted minutes apart and were within a mile of one another just west of Annville, in South Annville Township. The fires destroyed two large dairy barns and a mobile home. About 100 firefighters battled a barn fire at 7: 30 p.m. along Killinger Road. Because dense fog covered the snow-filled fields, firefighters were unable to see a second fire burning at the same time about 1,000 yards east of them in a mobile home at Millards Airport. Meanwhile, a third fire was reported about a half-mile east of the airport in another large dairy type barn along Mount Pleasant Road. Neighbors there were able to remove livestock from the barn before it was engulfed.
1994
Dennison Farmhouse Fire - Susquehanna Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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The Dennison farmhouse at the corner of Linglestown Road and North Progress Avenue burned on December 30, 1994. The blaze apparently began in the basement around 4 a.m. More than 40 firefighters from four companies responded to the call. When they arrived, they found heavy fire in the first and second floors and it rapidly spread through the rest of the building. They had the fire out by 6:45 a.m., but only a scorched shell of the house remained. No one had lived in the house for years. It was owned by developer John Vartan, and was scheduled for demolition to make way for a development.
2002
Iran Prison Fire - Gorgan, Golestan, Iran
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On December 30, 2002, in Gorgan, the capital city of the Golestan province, in Northeastern Iran, a fire broke out in a prison around 3.20 a.m. At least 27 inmates died and 50 others were injured.
2004
Cro-Magnon Republic Fire - Buenos Aires, Argentina
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On December 30, 2004, a fire broke out in the Rep?blica Cromagnon club in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The club was playing host to rock group Callejeros, and around 3,000 people were in attendance. It is believed that the fire started when a pyrotechnic flare was set off and ignited foam in the ceiling. The building was decorated with inflammable materials, mostly wood, styrofoam, and plastic netting. When the plastic netting, which was hung from the cieling, caught fire, it melted into a rain of fire. Four of the six doors, some of which were fire exits, were wired shut so that people would not enter without paying. 194 people were killed in the fire and 714 others were injured. Most of the victims died from inhaling poisonous gases, smoke, and carbon monoxide. Some small children and babies, who were kept in an improvised nursery operated in the ladies' washroom upstairs, were also killed 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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