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Fire Damages Trailers at Old Dairy Site in Whitehall Twp.

By KEN SNYDER, Correspondent | April 08, 2021 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 041321123

WHITEHALL TWP., PA- On April 8th, an employee who was burning wood and cardboard accidentally caused a fire, damaging three truck trailers and part of a building.

The blaze was reported around 1:50 P.M., with a heavy column of black smoke showing from the Allentown/Whitehall Twp. line. The blaze was located at the rear of the old Lehigh Valley Dairy at 1002 MacArthur Road in the township. This site consists of 10-acres with several buildings on it, and is scheduled for redevelopment.

Allentown's Engines 9 and 6 were first due, followed by Whitehall and Catasauqua units. A dead yard hydrant created a water supply problem, so Whitehall Command requested the Lehigh County 9-1-1 Center to dispatch a tanker task force. This brought in tankers from Woodlawn, Greenawalds, Schnecksville, Emerald and New Tripoli.

It was reported that one firefighter was taken to Lehigh Valley-Cedar Crest Hospital with abdominal pains.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.