With firefighters hampered by its remote location, overgrown trees and vegetation and copious yard debris, a windswept fire destroyed an Upper Milford residence in the 7000 block of Chestnut Street early Dec. 18.
One firefighter at the scene remarked the fire “had such a head start the home was ‘doomed’ before we got here.”
Thick black smoke from the fire was visible along Route 100 for miles.
With the traditional evergreen on one end and an American flag on the other end, steelworkers Nov. 21 hoisted the final steel beam into place for the skeleton of a state-of-the-art acute care facility at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest campus, along Cedar Crest Boulevard at Interstate 78.
The project includes an expanded adult emergency department and a new observation unit scheduled to be complete in late 2020 and an expanded children’s emergency room and observation unit scheduled to open in mid-2021.
As they do every October, firefighters from the Lower Macungie Fire Department’s Wescosville, Brandywine and Alburtis fire stations hosted a community open house to acquaint residents with the personnel and equipment always on call to answer 911 calls for help.
The open house featured games, activities and demonstrations for everyone in the family, though visiting youngsters showed the most enthusiasm for exploring the emergency vehicles on display.
Community partners and vendors filled the Brandywine fire station’s engine bays with activities and handouts and food samples.
A two-alarm fire at a dwelling at 3064 Lanze Lane, Salisbury Township, caused heavy damage before being brought under control in about two hours by firefighters from several area fire stations Nov. 7.
After being notified by a caller that flames were showing, the Lehigh County 911 Center dispatched units from Eastern and Western Salisbury fire companies.
Firefighters led multiple residents from their smoke-filled apartments when a fire destroyed a ground-floor unit at 282 Powder Mill Lane in the Powder Mill Apartments complex in Emmaus overnight from just before midnight Oct. 24 to 25. The final fire units were released about 4 a.m.
Ten residents were taken to area hospitals after multiple ambulances responded to a “Level 1 Mass Casualty Incident” called after the fire went to a second alarm. The resident of the apartment unit destroyed was treated for burns and the others received treatment for smoke inhalation.
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Recognizing the need for residents to be able to purge their households of hard-to-get-rid-of items, Emmaus Borough Council member Jeff Shubzda organized the borough’s first drop-off day at the Emmaus Fire Training Ground property along Kline’s Lane Oct. 5.
Making good on his desire to provide opportunities for community input, newly appointed Salisbury Police Department Chief Kevin J. Soberick, along with several other department officers, hosted a Coffee with a Cop event at the South Mall Starbucks Coffee Company store Oct. 14.
Soberick listened as a number of township residents took the opportunity to ask questions about department activities and to let the officers know of areas in the township where vehicular traffic, or vandals, indicate a trouble spot.
Some 150 children and parents participated in the first annual Lucky Ducky Derby, near Klein’s Bridge in the Little Lehigh Parkway, in a fundraising benefit held recently for the Children’s Integrated Center for Success, which is headquartered at 1247 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., in Salisbury Township.
Firefighters from the Vera Cruz and Zionsville fire stations of the Upper Milford Fire Department held their annual community day activities at the Upper Milford Township municipal building complex Oct. 5.
The lobby, which measures about 1,200 square feet, was made possible in part by a gift from Lutron Electronics, Inc., of Coopersburg. It features interior and exterior lighting elements, landscaping, an interior color feature wall and welcome desk with interactive LED play elements, a family seating area and a soft-side toy Jeep for children to play on that ties into the animal/safari themed children’s hospital units.