Man injured in fire
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Firefighters from various municipalities were on scene at a fire in Lehigh Township Thursday morning that gutted a mobile home along Riverview Drive near Walnutport.
A man has been hospitalized after sustaining burns from a fire that gutted his mobile home near Walnutport Thursday morning.
Firefighters were dispatched to the home at 1183 Riverview Drive at around 9:38 a.m., according to Lehigh Township fire Chief Rich Hildebrand Jr.
Hildebrand said he was driving through Walnutport when he saw a large column of black smoke. Upon his arrival, Hildebrand said he found a "gentleman walking from the woods, and he stated his trailer was on fire."
The man was able to get out, but sustained burns, Hildebrand said. He said the man was taken by ambulance to the burn unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.
Due to the location of the home, Hildebrand said firefighters had an extremely difficult time reaching it, and had to lay 1,000 feet of hose down to bring water to the fire.
"Firefighters were unable to get any closer than 1,000 feet of the trailer due to unimproved roadways and impassable dirt lanes," he said. "They were unable to get the apparatus into the home, so we had an ATV drag a supply line through the woods."
Hildebrand said firefighters were able to get the fire under control within about 30 minutes. The home is a total loss, he said.
One firefighter sustained minor injuries, but did not need to be hospitalized, said Hildebrand, who estimated about 40 firefighters were on scene.
Assisting at the scene were the Lehigh Township Fire Company, Diamond Fire Company in Walnutport, Slatington Fire Department, Palmerton Fire Department, Laurys Station Fire Company, as well as fire police from East Allen Township, and EMS services from East Allen EMS and Northampton Regional.
A fire marshal was on scene to determine the cause of the fire.