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2008
Vehicle Accident - Williamstown, PA

1927
Gratz School Building Fire - Gratz, PA

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1956
SS Salem Maritime Tanker Fire - Lake Charles, LA

1904
Olymphant Coal Breaker Fire - Olymphant, PA
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The Olyphant Breaker and Washery of the Delaware and Hudson Company at Olyphant, Pennsylvania, was totally destroyed by fire on January 17, 1904. A hot journal is supposed to have started the blaze. The breaker was one of the largest and most modern in the State, having a capacity of 2,200 tons per day. The loss is $110,000.
1718
Leukerbad Avalanche - Leukerbad, Switzerland
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Leukerbad, Switzerland is located in the the head of Swiss Valais. Sizable snowfalls accumulated in the Alps during December, 1717. On January 17, 1718, two avalances occurred. The first one killed three men on the outskirts of Leukerbad. The second one, later that day, was huge. It struck Leukerbad, crushing houses and businesses. 55 people were dead. One man was found alive after eight days, but died shortly after his rescue. The final victim to be found was a young girl. She was found, still in her bed, far away from her home in a meadow after the snow melted. By 1720, the houses and inns had been rebuilt and repaired. Just after that, Leukerbad was hit again. All the new buildings were badly damaged and more people died.

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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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