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Wind driven house fire goes to 3 alarms

Lehigh County

At 00:23 April 1st, North Whitehall Fire Stations were sent to 5208 Hoffman Drive South for a report of a garage fire.  The caller stated that her husband was trying to extinguish the fire with a garden hose but the fire was spreading.

Minutes later, Chief 16 of the Neffs Fire Company arrived and signaled a working fire and to have the 2nd alarm sounded for a well-involved house.

Our cameraman arrived shortly after but before the initial attack lines were put in-service.  From the initial call reporting a garage fire to a fully-involved two-story colonial style dwelling in just 10 minutes time is unbelievable.  As you will see in the video, it was very, very windy and this helped the rapid spread of the fire.  As a matter of fact, our cameraman says this is one of the worst conditions he has shot video in.

Everyone was safely out of the home when the fire department arrived.

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