3 Firefighters Hurt in Youell's Oyster House Blaze
Nothing but the frame left as an early-morning fire tears through Youell's Oyster House; reports of an injured firefighter received from the field.
UPDATE 11:37am: Nearby homes are being evacuated while what's left of Youell's is being demolished. WFMZ reports that homes nearby were not damaged by the fire.
UPDATE 8:43am: A breaking news alert confirms that two firefighters were injured when a wall fell. A third reported with burns on his forehead.
ORIGINAL STORY: An early-morning fire has destroyed Youell's Oyster House in West Allentown, leaving three firefighters injured.
Breaking news alerts about the three-alarm fire started streaming in around 4:30 this morning. According to the alerts, backup fire crews were called to the scene as crews battled the blaze.
According to WFMZ, three firefighters were injured when the structure started to collapse. Alerts were first sent out about an injured firefighter around 6:45am. News on the emergency responder firefighter is on Facebook page the 12 County Fire Wire/News.
The 107-year-old restaurant's website notes the restaurant has been "famous for seafood since 1905." Youell's moved from Easton in 1992 to the West Allentown location at 23rd and Walnut streets. The website also says the Allentown building was a stagecoach stop and general store that dates back to the early 1800s.
Reviewers on websites Yelp and Tripadvisor call Youell's a "Lehigh Valley institution."