Photos and report from Dennis Wetherhold Jr.
Firefighters from the City of Allentown (PA) were wrapping up from a house fire in the 100 Block of North Poplar Street when the 911 Center advised of a reported structure fire.
Engines 14, 13, and 11 were dispatched initially to the reported structure fire at 739 Tilghman St Rear. The battalion chief reported that Engine 6 and 10 and Truck 2 would be available for the second assignment. The modified box for the assignment included Battalion 43, Engines 6, 10, 14, Truck 2, and Engine 11 as the RIT company.
Units responded were advised that police were reporting fire showing. Engine 6 arrived and the crew went to work stretching an attack line. Battalion Chief Phil Atiyeh arrived on scene, took command, and reported a two-story garage well off. Engine 10 was ordered to assist the driver of Engine 6 with hand-jacking a supply line to a nearby hydrant while crews went to work.
The Truck 2 crew arrived on scene and assisted with deploying a second attack line. Engine 14 was ordered to come in from a nearby alley and assist with fire suppression and gaining access through the garage door. Crews made a quick hit and were able to have the fire knocked down within 15 minutes.
Firefighters remained on scene for a few hours mopping up and assisting the fire marshal. The apartment house on the property is still marked unfit for habitation following a spring 2018 fire that gutted the third floor.
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