Salisbury Press

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Eight area fire departments are called to 818 Chestnut St. for a two-alarm residential structure fire June 3. Three firefighters and three residents were transported to Lehigh Valley Health Network for injuries. Eight area fire departments are called to 818 Chestnut St. for a two-alarm residential structure fire June 3. Three firefighters and three residents were transported to Lehigh Valley Health Network for injuries.
PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHFirefighters encounter a “flashover,” where fire envelops a structure without warning. An emergency evaculation of the structure followed. PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHFirefighters encounter a “flashover,” where fire envelops a structure without warning. An emergency evaculation of the structure followed.
Macungie Ambulance Corps personnel provide rehabilitation services on a warm humid night for firefighters working in heavy gear in the 800 block of Chestnut St., Emmaus, at a two-alarm fire in a duplex home that sent six people to the hospital. Macungie Ambulance Corps personnel provide rehabilitation services on a warm humid night for firefighters working in heavy gear in the 800 block of Chestnut St., Emmaus, at a two-alarm fire in a duplex home that sent six people to the hospital.

Two-alarm Emmaus fire in duplex sends six to hospital

Thursday, June 9, 2016 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

A two-alarm fire in a duplex home at 818 Chestnut St., Emmaus, sent three residents and three firefighters to Lehigh Valley Hospital June 3 and caused severe damage to the home.

Every firefighter’s worst fear, a “flashover,” where fire envelops a structure without warning, occurred shortly after firefighters began interior firefighting efforts and necessitated an emergency evacuation of the structure to allow accountability of all firefighters at the scene.

After all fire personnel were accounted for, three Lower Macungie firefighters were transported for treatment of burns, smoke inhalation and an ankle injury to a firefighter. Amateur cell phone video of the fire, at the moment of the flashover, showed flames cascading from the structure to the height of a an electrical transformer on a utility pole at the curb in front of the home. Three residents of the home were also transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation and for non-life-threatening injuries.

Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company Chief Joshua Wells was one of the first chief officers on the scene and was given command, directing firefighting efforts by Emmaus, Lower Macungie, Vera Cruz and Western Salisbury volunteers.

A cascade unit from South Whitehall’s Woodlawn Station was on scene to refill air cylinders for firefighters. A rapid intervention team for firefighter rescue came from Alburtis Fire Department and secondary RIT teams were dispatched from Allentown Fire Department and Greenawalds when the emergency evacuation was sounded.

Emmaus and Salisbury police were on scene and medics from Emmaus Ambulance Corps, Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Macungie Ambulance Corps and Upper Saucon Ambulance Corps treated the injured at the scene and provided transport to the hospital.

Emmaus and Macungie fire police units closed Chestnut Street until fire units cleared the scene after about two hours.

The fire, which appears to have started in the basement of the home, is under investigation.

Lehigh County tax assessment records indicate the home is owned by Jerry and Ann Warmkessel, of a non-Emmaus address.

Names of those transported to the hospital were not available.