Fire, traffic crashes: First responders put in busy day

Franklin Fire Company first responders put in a busy first day of June Tuesday, on the go from early morning until late evening.

Hamilton Township house fire

The first call came in at 5:43 a.m., a house fire on High Street in Hamilton Township, after a neighbor reported smoke coming from the roof of the house.

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Firefighters answered this early morning call for a house fire in Hamilton Township early Tuesday morning. Photo courtesy Franklin Fire Company.
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Smoke was showing, pouring from the eaves and roofline when Fire Chief Mark Trace and an assistant chief arrived on the scene.

As firefighters entered the unoccupied home, smoke was filling the house. Fire was running up the walls and into the crawl space as a result of an electrical malfunction. Firefighters quickly got the area opened up, putting water on the fire quickly to prevent an extensive fire loss. Damage was confined to the living room and kitchen area.

A total of 17 pieces of apparatus responded to the fire. First responders were on the scene for about an hour and a half.

The home was undergoing remodeling and was unoccupied at the time.

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Driver airlifted

The driver of a tractor-trailer rig that failed to make a curve on Interstate 81 late Tuesday afternoon was flown to an area trauma center after being rescued from his overturned cab,

Franklin Fire Company first responders were called to mile marker 14 at 6:31 p.m. for a reported overturned tractor-trailer rig. Chief Trace, three pieces of equipment and fire police arriving at the scene found the rig overturned onto its side in the median and the driver still inside the cab.

They gained access into the cab and removed the windshield to get the driver out. Emergency medical personnel asked for a helicopter to fly the driver to a trauma center. A landing zone was set up on the highway near exit 14 to load the patient.

The truck was carrying non-hazardous cargo and there were no fuel leaks.

Molly Pitcher (RT 11) crash

At 7:57 p.m. Tuesday, the Franklins Emergency Medical Service and Fire Police were on the road again to help with another crash involving a tractor-trailer rig. This time a car sideswiped a big rig at the intersection of Molly Pitcher Highway (US 11) and Kriner Road.

The squad crew swept debris while EMS handled patient care. Crews operated for 30 minutes before turning the roadway over to Fire Police and Pennsylvania State Police. Stare police have not issued a news release yet.

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