Mutual Aid on a Basement Fire

 

Firefighters from the North Catasauqua Fire Department assisted the Northampton Fire Department on a working dwelling fire.  Also responding to the alarm were Allen Township Fire Company, Lehigh Township Fire Company, East Allen Township Fire Company, and the Whitehall Fire Department Cementon Station.  Northampton Regional EMS and East Allen Ambulance Corps also assisted at the scene.

 

Responding units were advised by the communications center that it was believed the fire was in the basement and smoke was showing from the roof line.

 

Engine 1811 arrived moments before Engine 4212 and members of both crews stretched an 1 3/4" pre-connected attack line from the engine via the interior stairs to the basement.  Crews encountered heavy smoke and heat as they opened the basement door and made a push down the stairs. Engine 1812 arrived on scene and stretched a second line from 1811 around the back of the house to attack the fire through a rear door that led directly to the basement.  Assistant Chief 4252 of the Northampton Fire Department forced entry through this rear door and found heavy smoke but was unable to locate the seat of the fire.

 

With the location of the fire in question, and smoke and heat conditions worsening, the 1812 crew repositioned the second line to the first floor in attempt to locate any hidden fire.  With the assistance of a thermal imaging camera, the quickly extending fire was located in a bravo side wall.  The crew opened the wall and extinguished the fire.  Simultaneously, the crew of the first line reported that had located the fire in the basement and knocked it down. Additional crews arrived on the scene to check for further extension as well as ventilate the home and the attached exposure and perform salvage and overhaul.  Minor extension was found in a wall on the 2nd floor.

 

The members of the various departments worked together flawlessly to extinguish this blaze that was minutes from becoming an inferno.  All hands should be commended for their excellent work.

2015 Call Totals

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February 22
March 3
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2013 Total 25

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