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1932
Ettinger's Barn Fire - Halifax Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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A large barn on the John W. Ettinger farm was destroyed by fire on January 20, 1932. The fire was discovered at 6:45 p.m. and the Halifax and Community Fire Company answered the call. 10 head of hogs were killed, 100 bushels of wheat, and 250 bushels of oats were destroyed. The loss was $3,000.
1892
Fire at Amos Kuntzelman's - Lykens, PA
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As Lykens' Rescue Hose Company was returning from a fire at Frank Grell's South Second Street home, another fire occurred at Amos Kuntzleman's home. The cause was a heater in the cellar. Rescue Hose Company put water on the fire. The damage was slight. Liberty Hose Company did not respond to this fire. (Liberty Hose Co. probably didn't know about this fire at the time - Rescue Hose Co. and Liberty Hose Co. were at the Grell fire and Rescue Hose Co. discovered this fire on their return from the Grell fire. However, this incident is recorded in Liberty Hose Co.'s fire log under the Grell fire.)
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2004
Nursing Home Fire - Maryville, TN

2004
Chemical Plant Fire - Gresik, Indonesia
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An explosion, followed by a fierce fire, at an Indonesian petrochemicals plant killed at least two people and injured 40 others on January 20, 2004. The blaze engulfed chemical tanks at the PT Petro Widada complex in Gresik, near Surabaya in East Java. It started when a machine at the plastic components plant overheated. Some tanks of ammonia exploded, forcing the evacuation of about 250 residents living in the vicinity of plant. At least five houses were burned down. The blaze destroyed two plants and caused tens of millions of dollars in damage.
2000
Fryburg Structure Fire - Fryburg, Clarion Co, PA
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A fire at an Amish farmhouse near Fryburg killed four children on January 20, 2000. The fire started about 7:30 a.m. The father of the children tried to get into the house to rescue them, but was turned back by heat and flames. The entire building was ablaze when firefighters arrived, and there was no chance to make a rescue.
1980
Oil Refinery Fire - Borger, TX

1900
Honolulu's Chinatown Fire of 1900 - Honolulu, HI
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In late 1899, bubonic plague began to sweep through Chinatown in Honolulu, Hawaii. The authorities ordered a quarantine, mass fumigations and the burning down of infected houses. On New Year's Eve, officials began to set a series of controlled fires to destroy infected areas and rodent breeding grounds. On the morning of Jan. 20, 1900, embers from a controlled fire spewed onto the roof of Kaumakapili Church and it burst into flames. Fireman watched helpless as Chinatown began to burn out of control. Firebreaks were attempted by blowing up and tearing down buildings. But, it proved ineffective. The area was still under quarantine, and the quarantine lines were enforced as citizens tried to flee the area. The huge fire burned for 17 days, destroyed 38 acres and 4,000 homes, left 7,000 people homeless,but no lives were lost from the fire. After the disaster was brought under control, the Board of Health successfully set an additional 31 controlled fires. Four months later, Honolulu was deemed plague-free.

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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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