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Fire companies contain fire to garage

Five area fire companies are dispatched by the Lehigh County 911 Center about 8:20 p.m. Sept. 21 to a dwelling fire in the 800 block of Weil Street on the east side of Salisbury Township. First on the scene, Eastern Salisbury Fire Department Chief Ian Dodson set up command and directed incoming engines and fire trucks. The fire was in a side wall and ceiling of the home's garage and damage was confined to that area. In addition to Eastern Salisbury Fire Department, units from Fountain Hill, Lower Saucon and Western Salisbury responded. A Rapid Intervention Team from Alburtis Fire Department also responded to provide rescue service should any firefighter encounter trouble. A RIT team is automatically dispatched in Lehigh County for any dwelling or commercial fire where interior firefighting might be necessary. Fire police from Eastern Salisbury, Western Salisbury and Fountain Hill controlled traffic. Firefighters were at the scene for about two hours. Dodson said the heavy firefighter response assured the fire did not spread to the dwelling portion of the home. PRESS PHOTO BY JIM MARSH