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1983
Structure Fire, Grand Ave - Reinerton (Box 68-1)
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Tanker 22 was dispatched to the village of Reinerton, in Porter Township, Schuylkill County, for a structure fire at the Cortez residence. All Porter Township companies (Reinerton, Sheridan, Muir, Orwin, Joliett), Tower City, Williamstown, and Wiconisco fire companies were also on scene. Tanker 22 responded with a crew of three, and was directed to dump water into company 24's porta-tank set up on Grand Avenue to supply engines working the fire. Williamstown's second engine set up a fill site near the Wiconisco Creek south of Tower City, and operated there filling tankers. Numerous loads of water were shuttled to and dumped at the scene. Engine 22 was requested to go on standby in quarters while everyone was working at the scene. An aerial truck response was requested by command, and a truck from Minersville, along with a supply engine, was dispatched to the scene. Fire had spread from the basement throughout all three floors of the building, with a severe exposure problem on side-2 of another occupied residence only four feet away. Fire did not extend beyond the building of origin, which was destroyed. Tanker 22 continued to supply loads of water until released by Chief 68 (Reinerton).
1999
Structure Fire, 1137 Colliery Ave (Box S.C.)

2007
Chimney Fire, 218 Market Street (Box 24-1)
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Truck 22, Engine 23, and Rescue 66 were dispatched to assist Company 24 on a chimney fire at a commercial business located in Williamstown. Truck 22 responded with a crew of seven, and Chief 22 responded POV. On arrival, the Truck crew was instructed by command to set up on side A and ladder the building to check the chimney while the crew from Company 24 was interior pulling the pipe from a wood burner. The crew checked the chimney and found it to be clear. Command released the truck and Company 24's crew remained on the scene to clean out the interior pipes.
2008
Building Collapse, Pottsville and Plane Streets (Box 23-1)
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At the request of Chief 23, Truck 22 was dispatched to assist Rescue 23 with securing the roof of a four story building that was once known as "Page's Store" at the corner of Plane and Pottsville Streets in Wiconisco. Truck 22 responded with a crew of six, and set up on side-A. A crew went to the roof to help screw down numerous sections of tin roofing that were blown loose by high winds in the area. After securing the roof, the Truck went available.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide



There are no incidents recorded in our database for this date.
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1971
Blough-Wagner Building Fire - Harrisburg, PA
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A vacant four-story building formerly occupied by the Blough-Wagner Manufacturing Company at Fifth and Reily Streets in Harrisburg was gutted by fire on December 31, 1971. The remaining building was torn down a week later.
1986
Dupont Plaza Hotel Fire - San Juan, PR
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The Dupont Plaza Hotel fire was a fire that occurred at the Hotel Dupont Plaza on New Year's Eve, December 31, 1986. The fire was started by three disgruntled employees of the hotel that were in the middle of a labor dispute with the owners. In the end, the fire claimed 97 lives and caused 140 injuries. This is considered to be the most catastrophic hotel fire in Puerto Rican history.

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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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