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2nd Alarm transmitted for vacant house on Ninth Street

City of Allentown

Sunday night at 23:42 hours, Allentown box 2237 (9th & Chew) was transmitted for a house fire located at 313 North Ninth Street sending Engines 4, 9, 6, 10, Truck 2 and Battalion 43.

Battalion 43 (Hess) arrived and signaled a working fire in a 3-story middle-of-row.  Upon further investigation, heavy fire was venting from the rear of the dwelling.  Battalion Chief Hess ordered Engine 6 to the rear.  However, the streets were tight and they were unable to access the rear.  Yards and fences also hampered firefighting efforts in the rear.  Engine 4 stretched a hand line through the front door and commenced a fire attack.

It took firefighters approximately 30 minutes to get the fire under control.  The house was vacant at the time and no injuries were reported.

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