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The fire and heat conditions worsen in all the attics of the homes causing unsafe for the interior fire fighters.
Three alarm row home Mahanoy City exit blocked by overturn fire strikes Mount Carmel STEPHEN BARRETT
Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County PA. On April 21st at 11:30 a.m., the Mahanoy City Fire Department, Mahanoy City EMS and Shenandoah ALS were dispatched to a vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer on Interstate 81 in the area of the Mahanoy City dxit. Humane Engine 451 and Chief 452 found a tractor trailer accident with minor injury. The tractor trailer was resting on the divider
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in the center of the roadway. The driver was outside the vehicle and was walking about. The engine crew found fluids leaking from the cab of the tractor. Firefighters placed high dry on the fluid spill to contain the leaking anti-freeze. West End Rescue 993 assisted with traffic control.
The driver stated he lost control of the tractor, hit the concrete divider, and the truck rolled on it’s driver side. The driver was evaluated by the Mahanoy City EMS ambulance and was transported to a local medical center for minor injuries. The state police investigated the cause of the accident. - STEPHEN BARRETT
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Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, PA. On April 26, 2012 at 8:20 a.m., the Mount Carmel Fire Department and AREA EMS were dispatched to 242 South Beech Street for a house fire. Police found flames coming from the second floor rear. A fire chief confirmed the working fire and requested a second alarm. In a matter of minutes, the fire vented out the rear windows of the second floor back deck. The fire continued to grow and spread to the roof and attic areas. Mount Carmel Engine 3, Engine 2 and Ladder 2 started offensive operations. The ladder crew was sent to the roof to do horizontal ventilation. A number of attack lines from Engine 2 were deployed into the exposure homes. The heavy flames at the rear were knocked down quickly by the use of multiple hose lines. The first interior attack crew found the fire spreading from the second floor to the attic in the fire building and exposures. The interior crews continued to open up the ceiling and the walls. Smoke could be seen venting from a number of homes’ roof. It was determined the fire was spreading in the walls with the help the gusty winds. A number of grounds ladders were placed at the front of the rowhomes to assist with fire fighter escape. Exterior hose streams were placed into service. Coal Township Maine Engine 110, Mount Carmel Township Atlas Engine 21, Shamokin Fire Department Ladder 32 and Engine 21 responded. Shamokin Rescue Squad 62 assisted with RIT operations. Incident command had the third alarm placed on stand by for a possible response. The smoke condition in the exposure homes
JUMP TO FILE #042816119 intensified and the fire continued to spread. Command ordered the third alarm and an evacuation of all homes for a PAR report. A number of exterior hose lines were placed into action and directed into the attic windows. Command then allowed the attack teams to reenter the homes and advance on the fire. The fire and heat conditions worsened in all the attics causing an unsafe condition for the interior firefighters. Heavy fire eventually vented from the roof of the main fire building and later collapsed. Command ordered a second full evacuation of all fire buildings in the seven home block. In twenty minutes, the heavy fire conditions in the main fire building and exposure home roofs were knocked down. The smoke condition in the exposure homes decreased and the fire was no longer spreading. The incident was marked under controlled by 10:30 a.m., allowing all second and third alarm units to take up. Mount Carmel units remained on the scene throughout the afternoon to assist with the investigation and cleanup. The Mayor order the emergency demolition of two homes. The fire chief believes the fire started in the rear of the second floor of the home at 242 South Beech Street. He reported that there were no injuries to fire fighters or local civilians. AREA EMS assisted with rehabilitation operations. The seven homes received major or moderate damage, causing the residents all to be displaced. The American Red Cross is assisting. - STEPHEN BARRETT