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Second-Alarm Fire Destroys Commercial Garage in Catasauqua

By KEN SNYDER, Correspondent | May 12, 2022 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 051322101

CATASAUQUA, PA - On May 12th at 12:53 A.M., the Lehigh County 911 Center dispatched the Catasauqua and North Catasauqua Fire Departments to a commercial structure fire located at 261 Race St. in the borough.

Upon arrival, Chief Hertzog reported a fully involved garage fire. This was a one-story metal clad garage used by Star Disposal and several garbage trucks were on fire. An immediate second-alarm was requested, and as the fire was progressing, several minor explosions were heard inside the fire building.

The fire was controlled by a ladder pipe and several hand and blitz lines. As the contaminated water ran onto the street (ie. diesel fuel, hydraulic fluid, garbage waste etc.), the Lehigh County Haz-Mat unit was deployed to mitigate the situation. Companies remained on scene for several hours, and there were no injuries reported.

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