Firefighters Respond to Brush Fire on Freemansburg Avenue
Members of the Freemansburg Fire Company were alerted to and responded to a reported brush fire in the 1600 block of Freemansburg Avenue. This property, a mulch plant that straddles the line between Freemansburg and Bethlehem Township, had a large mulch fire burning.
Captain Jonathan Rossi (1255) initiated command and requested mutual aid, as well as a tanker task force, to help contain and control the burn. With the assistance of firefighters from the Bethlehem Township, Nancy Run, Se-Wy-Co, Palmer Township, Williams Township, Bushkill Townships, Hecktown, Southeastern and Steel City fire companies, hand tools and hand lines were used to control the brush fire. Bulldozers were brought to push the pile of brush to help break up any hot spots, and two fill sites were implemented to refill the tender trucks, providing water supply to the hand lines.
Approximately 150,000 gallons of water were used, as well as 5 gallons of foam, an infrared camera, absorbent, and miscellaneous hand tools.
One firefighter sustained a minor injury at the call, and a full recovery is expected.
Great work to all of the firefighters, and a huge thank you to the outside agencies for your help.