Huge Warehouse Fire Burning Off Rt. 412, Smoke Plume Visible for Miles

Photo by Greg Heffelfinger

A large fire burning in a building under construction next to the Walmart distribution center in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII off Rt. 412 in Bethlehem is drawing fire companies from Saucon Valley and beyond, according to published reports.

A view of the smoke plume from eastern Lower Saucon Township. Photo by Amy Bedner.

As of 5:30 p.m. numerous fire companies from Upper Bucks county were racing north on Rt. 412 toward the scene of the blaze, which is north of I-78 off Commerce Center Boulevard.

Fire companies from Springtown, Haycock Township, Riegelsville, Richlandtown, Ottsville, Lower Saucon and beyond have responded to the industrial fire, which is releasing a black smoke plume visible from as far away as parts of South Allentown.

Channel 69 News reported that there was no one trapped in the building and no injuries had so far been reported.

The Morning Call reported that workers were on the roof of the building when the fire broke out but were able to escape to safety.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

Motorists should consider avoiding the area because of the emergency response and the traffic that will be exiting I-78 and heading to Musikfest this evening.

A view of the smoke plume from the corner of Cherry Street and Magnolia Road in Hellertown. Photo by Perry Costello

A view of the smoke plume from the 1500 block of Main Street. Photo by Maria Smith

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About Josh Popichak
Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is a journalist and publisher who is passionate about providing an open online platform and advocating for independent, local news. He has covered news--first in print, later online--in the Saucon Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to writing extensively about local issues, he uses Facebook, Instagram and other social media to help personalize and broaden awareness of topics affecting the communities he covers. He also manages the Facebook pages for several local businesses as part of his business, Saucon Source LLC. He is a 1999 graduate of Bates College, where he was a history major and arts editor for the student newspaper.

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