Pennsylvania Industrial Complex Fire

Three trailers burning in the rear of the complex against the old factory.
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Burning trailers threaten a building in Whitehall Township


Lehigh County 911 Center transmitted a full box to the Lehigh Valley Dairy located at 1002 MacArthur Road in Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania for a structure fire with multiple calls received Thursday afternoon around 1:50PM.

Enroute, Chief 35 (Nelson) reported a heavy smoke column from the other end of the township. When Inspector 35 (Bilder) arrived, he reported heavy smoke and after investigating, reported 3 trailers burning in the rear of the complex against the old factory.

Chief 35 special-called Engines from Allentown to assist while he was enroute. Allentown Engine 9 and Engine 6 along with Deputy 41 (Williams) responded. Engine 9 arrived first-due and put a blitz fire in-service. Chief 35 also requested Ladder 231 (Catasauqua).

Whitehall Engine 2 laid in from a yard hydrant only to find the yard hydrants were out-of-service. With that information, a tanker task force was requested. Tankers from Woodlawn (32), Greenawalds (11), Laury Station (12), Emerald (6) and New Tripoli (17) were dispatched.

The tankers were needed to shuttle water into the fire scene for the duration of the incident.

The smoke column from this fire was seen for miles around the valley. This complex had multiple fires in the past and is due to be demolished at some point to make room for new development.

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