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Lehigh County Fire dispatched Han-Le-Co Station 33 at 23:06 to 2080 N. Dauphin Street for a fire in the basement of a private dwelling.
Minutes after the initial call, dispatch notified Chief 33 (Yoder) that they received a second source from a passer-by that flames were visible from the house. Chief 33 special-called station 2 (Catasauqua) and requested their Engine bring water to the scene from the borough's hydrant system.
Engine 33 went responding at 23:14. Once on scene, they found a two-story S/F/D fully involved. Dispatch advised that everyone was out of the house. They positioned on the "Bravo" side (south) of the dwelling. Ladder 33-31 positioned on Dauphin Street before the dwelling.
Companies on the street side could not access the scene because of downed power lines. Engine 211 brought water to the scene from a hydrant at Delaware and Dauphin Streets. Engine 212 boosted pressure at the hydrant. The last hydrant on this street is only a 4 inch main.
Engine 211 hit the fire initially with the deck gun. Multiple hand lines were used around the property. Once the power company secured the down power line, Ladder 33-31 positioned in front of the dwelling.
At 23:18, Rescue 11-41 (F.A.S.T.) And Northampton County Tankers 45, 46 and 53 were dispatched to supply the engine companies operating on the south end of the scene.
The fire was finally darkened down 50 minutes later.