Dwelling Fire at 10 School St

Dwelling fire, 10 School StFirst alarm dwelling fire response, consisting of Station 2 and Station 18, were sent to 10 School St in Catasauqua for a reported kitchen fire.  Smoke could be seen from blocks away all around town as companies rush to the scene.  First arriving officers, Deputy 203 and Assistant 1802, found heavy smoke and fire blowing from side D of the fire building, the right side of a 2-1/2 story duplex with attached garage.  Exposure D, the attached garage, was fully involved as well threatening a Jeep parked in the driveway and a large pine tree to the rear. Everyone was accounted for in the two residences.

 

Engine 211 caught the hydrant at School St and Canal St and two 1-3/4" handlines were stretched to the front of the fire building.  Ladder 231 backed into School St from Front St.  Engine 1811 caught the hydrant at Front St and Union St, laying a supply line north on Front St and west on School St.  Two 1-3/4" attack lines were stretched from Engine 1811 as well.

Two crews mounted an attack from the front porch as fire had totally consumed the first floor and advanced in as they began to take control of the fire.  The fire in the garage was knocked down as well as the fire on the exterior side D wall. Significant extension throughout the C/D corner and Side D of the fire building created a large amount of overhaul to be completed.  Walls and ceilings were pulled on all 3 floors of the original fire building exposing all the void spaces.

The Side B exposure, the left half of the duplex at 8 School St, suffered significant smoke damage but otherwise, was relatively unscathed.  Companies opened walls and ceilings and found little to no fire extension in Exposure B.

Companies were on scene well into the night cooling down hot spots and conducting a fire watch.  No rekindles occurred.

Additional companies were called by School St Command, bringing in mutual aid from Station 36 (Fullerton), Station 37 (West Catty), Station 33 (Han-Le-Co), Station 11 for RIT (Greenawalds), and Station 5 for Cascade (Coplay).  Station 75 (Northampton Regional EMS) and Northampton County Station 46 (East Allen EMS) were called for rehabilitation and standby.  Northampton County Station 42 (Northampton) was moved up to cover Stations 2 and 18 districts while Station 32 (Woodlawn) moved up to cover Whitehall Township.  Apologies if anyone else was missed.

Photos and video courtesy of Bill Rohrer of Newsworking.org, JC Kriesher, and James Hirner.

 

See more photos at J. Kriesher Smug Mug Photos

 

2015 Call Totals

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

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