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At 7:33 pm Engine 1811 was dispatched with the Catasauqua Fire Department for a dwelling fire at 549 Bethlehem Road. First arriving police and fire officers confirmed a working fire and requested a RIT assignment from station 11 and an ambulance to the scene.
Engine 4311 and Squad 4342 responded with Northampton Fire 42 and Fire 45 for a structure fire Siegfried Elementary School, 1677 Lincoln Avenue in Northampton Borough. The caller stated that there were flames shooting out of a portable heater.
When firefighters arrived, they searched the affected area of the building. A strong odor of electrical burning was present in the electrical utility room. A ceiling-mounted electric heater was identified as the cause and power was isolated to the unit. Fans were setup to ventilate the smoke and odor from the school.
Control of the school was returned to district maintenance personnel and firefighters cleared the scene.
Station 18 and Station 2 were dispatched to 748 Front Street for an odor investigation. The caller reported smelling natural gas both inside and outside her dwelling.
Station 18 with Station 2 were dispatched to Silver Manor, 2 Front Street in Catasauqua for an automatic alarm. Engine 1811 was recalled while enroute to the scene. The alarm was triggered by workmen in the building.