Building Collapse at 1022 Second Street

Building Collapse at 1022 Second St Attack 1871, Engine 1811, Squad 1851, and Rescue 241 from Catasauqua FD responded to a building collapse at 1022 Second Street in North Catasauqua Boro.


At 10:41 hours, the Charotin Hose Co. Fire Police were requested for traffic control.  Deputy Chief 1803 responded to the scene after receiving additional of a building collapse.  Upon arrival, DC 1803 found a 4 unit apartment building with a structural collapse of the foundation wall along the front of the structure and significant deformity of the sidewalks and associated structures in the immediate area.  The involved structures included 1020 Second Street, 1022 Second Street, and the adjacent exposure at 1024 Second Street.  


Residents were still inside the buildings and were in the process of removing all of their belongings.  After a quick consult with structural collapse technicians, it was determined that all 3 dwellings required immediate evacuation.  DC 1803 advised the police officer in command at the time to remove all occupants from 1020 and 1022 Second Street.  The fire department then assumed command of the scene and upgraded the assignment to a building collapse and requested the full response from Station 18 and special call for Rescue 241.  A safety perimeter was established.


Utilities were previously notified and were already working at the scene to shut off service to the apartments.  UGI had to excavate the street in order to shut off service to the building.


The borough's engineer was requested to the scene and recommended immediate stabilization, which was coordinated with a contractor to the emergency work.


Most residents had other shelter and left the scene.  The American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley was notified and assisted 3 residents with temporary shelter.


No injuries were reported and the cause of the building collapse is under investigation.

2015 Call Totals

January -
February 22
March 3
April -
May -
June -
July -
August -
September -
October -
November -
December -
2013 Total 25