Fire forces evacuation at Westgate Mall

Fire forces evacuation at Westgate Mall

There are 18 comments on the The Morning Call story from Sep 23, 2008, titled Fire forces evacuation at Westgate Mall. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A small, but smoky fire that caused a brief evacuation at the Westgate Mall on Tuesday morning was traced to a bagel oven filled with pounds of poppy and sesame seeds, fire officials said.

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Larry the Bagel guy

Allentown, PA

#1 Sep 23, 2008
I like my Bagels lightly toasted
holy peepee socks

Northampton, PA

#2 Sep 23, 2008
I think I saw John Long there fighting fire and eating free bagels!!!
just me

Newtown Square, PA

#3 Sep 23, 2008
POUNDS of seeds??? Did they ever clean it out?
omg

Bethlehem, PA

#4 Sep 23, 2008
just me wrote:
POUNDS of seeds??? Did they ever clean it out?
my thoughts exactly i will never eat there again
Fire Fears J-Lo

Macungie, PA

#5 Sep 23, 2008
Hopefully J-Lo grabbed some extra bagels for the fellas.
Jimbo

Bethlehem, PA

#6 Sep 23, 2008
This place is a dump.... Should close it just like they did at the shops in center valley
sad

Bethlehem, PA

#7 Sep 23, 2008
I liked the place.
Firefighter

Morton, PA

#8 Sep 23, 2008
Thank god Bethlehem has a paid, professional fire department.

Volunteers would have lost the entire mall..

Since: Sep 08

Bethlehem, PA

#9 Sep 23, 2008
Those old stingy biddies really know how to run a prime local into the ground!!!! Viva Hoagie!
Norbert

Bethlehem, PA

#11 Sep 23, 2008
Evacuation of the WestGate Mall? Is that a joke? There have been phone booths with bigger crowds inside.
The same for the South Mall, if it did not get robbed now and then, most people would not know it is still open.
Bethlehem Native

Blue Bell, PA

#12 Sep 23, 2008
I hope you never have to be rescued by a "volunteer" department! Obviously, you never volunteered for anything. People like you should move far, far away.
Firefighter wrote:
Thank god Bethlehem has a paid, professional fire department.
Volunteers would have lost the entire mall..
Firefighter

Morton, PA

#13 Sep 23, 2008
Bethlehem Native wrote:
I hope you never have to be rescued by a "volunteer" department! Obviously, you never volunteered for anything. People like you should move far, far away.
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That makes two of us!! But, it's not likely, they never rescue anyone, they're too slow arriving to even save the foundation! Plus, they don't even make an effort to fight the fire until there are 150 of them on the scene, fires SCARY!!!!

I actually volunteer for a number of very worthwhile services, I drive for meals on wheels, and I volunteer at a local animal shelter.

How about yourself?
wake up

Nazareth, PA

#14 Sep 23, 2008
Firefighter wrote:
<quoted text>
That makes two of us!! But, it's not likely, they never rescue anyone, they're too slow arriving to even save the foundation! Plus, they don't even make an effort to fight the fire until there are 150 of them on the scene, fires SCARY!!!!
I actually volunteer for a number of very worthwhile services, I drive for meals on wheels, and I volunteer at a local animal shelter.
How about yourself?
You the same firefighter who posts on all the fire sites trying to make trouble???? Get a life!!!! Find something better to do!!!!

Everybody needs to ignore this guy. He gets off trying to make fun of other people!!!
Mug Pug

Emmaus, PA

#15 Sep 23, 2008
Firefighter wrote:
Thank god Bethlehem has a paid, professional fire department.
Volunteers would have lost the entire mall..
What the hell does volunteer fire fighters have to with anything. they are just as good as professional's. Volunteer's dont get paid and do it out of their heart. Id like to see you fight a fire. Thats right you would probably shit in ur pants. Dont say anything about a firefighter regardless paid or not. The both leave their family to risk the unkown!
Mee Too

United States

#16 Sep 23, 2008
Firefighter wrote:
Thank god Bethlehem has a paid, professional fire department.
Volunteers would have lost the entire mall..
Here we go again, same old song. We get the idea, you don't like volunteers.
Vote none of the above

Bethlehem, PA

#17 Sep 23, 2008
just me wrote:
POUNDS of seeds??? Did they ever clean it out?
That's the problem...having at one point been in that industry...and dealing with them personally...

They are notoriously known for not having preventive maintenance preformed on their equipment nor are they known for paying their bills when it was...

This was bound to happen....only so much can fall underneath a gas fired bagel oven without getting caught on fire.
Volunteer Supporter

Sunbury, PA

#18 Nov 11, 2012
Firefighter wrote:
Thank god Bethlehem has a paid, professional fire department.
Volunteers would have lost the entire mall..
And those same professional firefighters lost nearly half a block of 9th Ave a few years ago...sorry to be so blunt, and I mean no disrespect to the fine group of men who dedicate their lives to saving others, nor the homowners who were affected by that fire, but I needed to make a point. Where I live, we have an all volunteer fire department (my daughter and son-in-law included) and they have a great track record of saving more structures than they've lost. To make the comment you made is terribly disrespectful for those who put their lives on the line (without pay) for our safety.
johnreesewinston 1958

Allentown, PA

#19 Feb 23, 2015
Firefighter wrote:
Thank god Bethlehem has a paid, professional fire department.
Volunteers would have lost the entire mall..
I RESENT THE HELL OUT OF THAT COMMENT!! I WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT? DO YOU THINK THAT A PAY CHECK MAKES YOU BETTER THAT A VOLUNTEER? I WAS ON FOUNTAIN HILL F.D. FOR 22 YEARS,WE WOULD NEVER HAVE LOST WESTGATE OR BURON MEDICAL LIKE YOU PROS.ONLY AN ASSHOLE WOULD MAKE A COMMENT LIKE YOU DID. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF FOR THAT COMMENT

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