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2007
Accident with Injuries - Jefferson Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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An accident was discovered at Powells Valley Road and Greenland Road in Jefferson Township, on January 28, 2007. Engine 19 and Engine 23 were dispatched. Engine 23 arrived at the scene to find a single vehicle. No occupants were found, but there was a large amount of blood splattered inside the vehicle. Pennsylvania State Police arrived, and Engine 19 stood by until a towing service removed the vehicle.
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1393
Royal Ball Fire - Paris, France

1853
Cardenas Fire - Cardenas, Cuba
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Fire destroyed four city blocks in Cardenas, Cuba, on January 28, 1853. A great number of stores and dwellings were burned in the flames, which lasted for three days. The post office was also burned. The loss was estimated at $1,000,000. Soldiers looted the burning homes and the ones next door. They also charged people $17 to $20 for permission to go to their own houses to save their property.
1855
Steamer Georgia Fire - New Orleans, LA
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The steamer Georgia, from Montgomery, Alabama, containing two hundred passengers, and one thousand bales of cotton, was destroyed by fire at New Orleans on January 28, 1855. Sixty passengers perished in the flames, or by drowning.
1961
Warehouse Fire - Chicago, IL
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On January 28, 1961, nine Chicago firefighters died while battling a warehouse fire at 614 Hubbard Street. The warehouse, which stored bakery supplies and frozen foods, was a seven-story building, located in a railroad yard and heavy industry area. The fire started in the upper floors of the building and had been burning for some time before being detected by railroad workers. The fire department was called at 6:23 a.m., by which time flames were already bursting through the windows. The call quickly escalated to a special alarm, bringing 316 firefighters, 67 pieces of apparatus, four ambulances, three rescue squads, and fireboats which pumped water from the Chicago River. Located adjacent to the warehouse was a two-story building. Several firefighters were on the roof of the two-story building attempting to run a hose into the burning warehouse, when the warehouse wall collapsed onto them. Other firefighters went to dig them out of the debris. As the victims were being rescued, the roof they were on collapsed, trapping both the initial victims and their rescuers. Other firefighters came to the rescue, eventually digging through ten feet of debris to reach all the victims. Meanwhile, the fire raged on. The temperature was near zero degrees that day. Water used to fight the fire caused the area around the warehouse to fill with water and ice, freezing the equipment in place. The fire was eventually extinguished later in the day. In the end, nine firefighters were killed and fifteen firefighters were injured.
1966
Paramount Hotel Fire - Boston, MA
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Shortly after 6 p.m. on the cold night of January 28, 1966, an odor of gas was detected at the Paramount Hotel, located at 17-19 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. As employees started to make notifications to adjoining businesses and the gas company, an explosion blew out part of the first floor walls and the sidewalk collapsed into the basement. There was heavy fire and smoke. People were at windows on the upper floors calling for help. A few minutes later, police and fire companies began arriving. Within ten minutes of the explosion, a fifth alarm was ordered. Ladder trucks could not get close enough to the building, so ground ladders were used. Extra man power was needed with the ladders because water from the hoses was turning almost immediately to ice. One woman was rescued from the basement where she was pinned by debris. She was spotted from the street through the hole where the sidewalk was blown away. There was heavy fire in the basement and it was filling up with water. Only the woman's head was above water. She was not only in danger of burning, but also of drowning. The fire extended from the basement to the upper floors via the elevator shaft. Hose lines were taken off standpipes in the building next to the hotel and used from its upper floors to hit some of the fire in the hotel that could not be reached from the street. A total of 57 people were injured. By the next morning, the death toll stood at ten; an eleventh person died a few days later.
1986
Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion - Cape Canaveral, FL
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The launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986, was the 25th launch of a space shuttle and the tenth launch of Challenger. The vehicle exploded 73 seconds after lift off, killing the seven astronauts aboard. Among the crew of astronauts was Christa MacAuliffe, a teacher from New Hampshire. The explosion was caused by a failure of an O-ring seal in the right solid rocket booster. The failure of the seal caused a leak with a flame, that caused another leak in the hydrogen fuel tank. The resulting explosion caused the shuttle to break apart and plunge into the ocean.

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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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