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Individual, dog rescued from fire at South Whitehall home



The occupant of a home and a dog were safely rescued after a fire broke out around 6:02 a.m. Nov. 2 at 3449 Huckleberry Road, South Whitehall Township.

According to Greenawalds Fire Chief Andrew D. Garger in a news release, Lehigh County Communications received a call for a possible dwelling fire at the South Whitehall address.

Fire, emergency medical services and police units were notified at 6:05 a.m. and the first engine from Greenawalds Fire/Rescue was on scene in less than 5 minutes from dispatch.

Upon arrival, crews immediately began fire attack and search and rescue operations, Garger said.

“One occupant of the home was removed from the second floor via a portable ground ladder. A dog was also located in the home and removed via ground ladder,” he said. “The occupant and the dog were evaluated and treated on the scene by EMS on scene and did not require transfer to the hospital.”

No other injuries were reported.

According to Garger, the fire, located in the basement of the home, was quickly contained and extinguished.

“This successful operation was made possible by the assistance of our mutual aid departments who all contributed,” he stated.

Woodlawn, Cetronia, Western Salisbury, Coplay, Catasauqua, Whitehall (Egypt), Neffs, Lower Macungie (Alburtis Station), Upper Macungie, Fogelsville, Laurys Station, and Schnecksville fire departments, along with the South Whitehall Fire Marshal’s Office, township police department and Cetronia Ambulance Corps, assisted at the scene,

According to Lehigh County assessment records, the home is owned by Peter and Donna Rovito.

PRESS PHOTOS COURTESY MIKE NESTER VIDEO PRODUCTIONS Heavy smoke can be seen coming from a house fire around 6 a.m. on Nov. 2 at 3449 Huckleberry Road, South Whitehall Township.
A South Whitehall Township firefighter uses a ladder to access the second floor to ventilate smoke from the house at 3449 Huckleberry Road, South Whitehall.
Firefighters await orders in front of the house at 3449 Huckleberry Road, South Whitehall Township.