Facebook video above by Terry Schwartz. WARNING: LANGUAGE!
March 17th 2 alarm apartment fire around 11:30am at 36 S. Fifth Street in Emmaus, Pennsylvania (Lehigh County). 4 people died in the fire.
Video below by Mike Nester (firtog). Video info: Just before noon time on St. Patrick’s Day Emmaus Firefighters are dispatched to the area of 5th and Jubilee for a reported apartment fire with entrapment. Crews arrive on location to heavy fire on the top floors and immediately stretch lines to attempt to make a fire attack and attempt search and rescue. As crews made the attack conditions rapidly deteriorated and the evacuation order was given putting units into a defensive mode. several lines and a ladder pipe were placed in service making a hit on the fire, at least one person was taken to the hospital and the coroners office was requested to the scene, the fire is currently under investigation..
Video below by Bill Rohrer (newsworking). Video info: At 11:53 AM Lehigh County Fire Radio transmitted the box for 36 South 5th Street for a building fire sending Station 7. As it was being dispatched, police radioed the Comm Center requesting the fire department to that location. The officers were attempting to rescue tenants from the burning building.
The first-out engine had heavy smoke visible from the fire house and requested the 2nd alarm transmitted. At 11:57, Lehigh County struck the 2nd alarm sending stations 7, 28, 30, Rescue 1-41 (F.A.S.T.), EMS 62 & 66. The fast moving fire trapped multiple tenants. Witnesses said a 52 year-old woman was unable to get out. Command ordered all firefighters out of the building and commenced a defensive attack. The roof of the building partially collapsed. The time on the DashCam is not correct.
Video below by Rich Rolen.