Two Firefighters Injured In Explosive Flashover
December 09, 2010
Two Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Company firefighers were admitted to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest after what might have been a “flashover” at a fire they were working to control Wednesday night, according to officials.
A family of four also was displaced by the blaze at 2407 12th St. in the township, fire Chief Jamie Hauze said.
Hauze did not release the names of the injured firefighters, but said he believes they will be OK. A third firefighter, also unidentified, was treated at St. Luke’s Hospital-Fountain Hill for exhaustion, he said.
Hauze did not have the names of the residents of the home, but Northampton County records indicate the property is owned by Ronald and Linda S. Dalla Piazza. Hauze said the woman who discovered the fire and called for help apparently tried to fight the blaze; she was treated at St. Luke’s for minor burns.
The fire broke out about 7 p.m., Hauze said, apparently having started in the kitchen when no one was home. By the time firefighters arrived, “it was a working fire in the kitchen; it put us at a little of a disadvantage,” he said.
The fire was controlled in about an hour, but some crews remained until nearly 11 p.m. The single home appeared to be a total loss; the couple who own the home and their two children were displaced by the blaze, Hauze said.
American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley spokeswoman Janice Osborne said the family was staying with neighbors for the night, and the agency will help with longer-term living arrangements if needed. The agency also helped with meals, toiletries and clothing, Osborne said.