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On Sunday afternoon, March 2nd, crews were dispatched to a reported accident with injuries on Lincoln Blvd near the Coursin Rd intersection in Lincoln Borough.
Lincoln Engine 184 arrived to find a full-size Ford pickup that ran into the back of a Penn Dot dump truck that was parked on the shoulder of the road. The accident occurred closer to the Lincoln / Glassport border and was actually in Glassport.
The driver of the pickup truck was treated on scene and transported to a local hospital due to injuries sustained in the crash.
The Penn Dot truck driver was not in the truck when the crash occurred and was uninjured.
One lane of traffic was blocked for a short time while EMS attended to the patient and Glassport & Lincoln PDs investigated the crash. Crews cleared in about an hour.
By Braden Ashe / photo by Dan Speiche – Valley News Dispatch
A West Deer house fire on Sunday brought five fire departments to Marshall Street where low water pressure kept crews from extinguishing the flames before the roof collapsed.
No one was injured in the fire, which burned for a little more than an hour before crews flooded the roof from a 75-foot aerial ladder, according to Chief Steve McCorkle of West Deer Fire Company No. 2. Homeowner Tom Ingold reported the fire about 2 p.m. He declined to comment.
Neighbor Dana Wangler said he saw small wisps of black smoke escaping from the attic as he went to investigate Ingold’s cries for help. From across the street, he could hear a “soft crackling sound, like a bonfire” emanating from the house.
“I saw (Ingold) try to get back in his house,” Wangler said. “As soon as he got to the door, he just turned around. That’s when I knew it was going to be bad.”
By Margaret Harding / photo by Stephanie Strasburg – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The latest ship in the Pittsburgh fleet of ice rescue crafts looked like it was plucked from the set of a science fiction movie and set loose on an abandoned baseball field in Highland Park.
The hovercraft, piloted by Pittsburgh police Officer Sam Muoio, lifts about a foot off the ground by pushing air into fabric pockets beneath it, sending up a cloud of snow as it speeds over the weedy lot in its inaugural trip in Pittsburgh last week.
Muoio, an airplane pilot and one of the officers assigned to River Rescue, discovered the craft doesn’t care for quick turns or high weeds.
“There’s no brakes,” Muoio said. “It doesn’t stop like a car, and it doesn’t turn like a boat. It’s like flying an airplane 12 inches off the ground.”
The city used a Department of Homeland Security grant to cover 75 percent of the $93,425 cost for the Hoverguard 1000 from a Michigan company, said Ray DeMichiei, deputy director of the Department of Emergency Management.
by Sam Kusic – Indiana Gazette
The Indiana Fire Association is proposing to move from its longtime home in the Indiana Borough building to a new station to be constructed along Philadelphia Street.
Rumors have been circulating recently that the fire association was considering such a move, and according to President Bill Simmons, that is, in fact, the case. He said the fire association has placed an offer on a site at Fifth and Philadelphia streets and will look to build a new station there.
But the association has not yet closed on the property, something that is to take place within the next 90 days, Simmons said. Therefore, it is too soon to talk about the specifics of the proposed project, he said.
“It’s very, very early at this point,” he said, stressing that while the fire association intends to make a move, it isn’t yet a sure thing, especially as the association doesn’t yet have a design for a new station or the necessary approvals for it.
The IFA is buying the property from S&T Bank, for which Simmons is a vice president in its wealth management group. The property is currently home to the Indiana office of the bank’s Evergreen Insurance business. The bank will be relocating staff at that office to its Wayne Avenue location.
EAST PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Firefighters were kept busy with a three-alarm fire in East Pittsburgh Saturday night.
According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the fire started at a home in the 500-block of Center Street around 11:30 p.m.
The fire quickly spread to two other homes nearby.
The cause of the fire is unknown and no other information has been released at this time.
By Eric Slagle / photo by Cindy Shegan Keeley – McKeesport Daily News
McKeesport firefighters responded to an upstairs blaze in a brick house at the corner of Wigham and Locust streets on Wednesday at about 3:30 p.m.
A 40-year-old man who identified himself as a renter and sole occupant of the home said he was out when a neighbor called and told him the building was on fire.
The man said he believes the fire may have started in a kitchen area on the second floor. He said he isn’t sure where he will go.
“They said Red Cross can probably help me. So I’ll talk to them,” he said.
Fire Chief Kevin Lust said crews quickly knocked down the fire but not before it spread into the eaves and attic.
A neighbor complained that there are too many old and abandoned homes in the area that pose fire risks.
First responders applied salt to the street in front of the structure to prevent ice from building up around a fire hydrant and hose.
By New Castle News / photo Mary Grzebieniak
NEW CASTLE — A New Castle man was in the intensive care unit of an Ohio hospital Tuesday night after an accident Tuesday.
Mahoning Township police said Jake L. McPhatter, 42, of 119 E. Meyer Ave., was traveling east on Route 224, just east of Route 551, about 10:50 a.m. He went left of center and across the westbound lane, before traveling up a hillside and rolling three or four times, according to police.
McPhatter was in and out of consciousness as he was removed from the car, Police Chief Jim Morris said. He was taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown. Officials there would not release his condition.
His car sustained major damage and was towed, according to police.
The road was dry, according to police, and no other cars were involved. Morris said the accident was a result of careless driving.
The road was closed and vehicles detoured while officials cleared the scene.
By Tom Peel – Indiana Gazette
A Cherry Tree woman was taken to a hospital following this two-vehicle accident Tuesday morning on Route 286 in White Township.
According to state police in Indiana, Allen Deyarmin, 66, of Cherry Tree, lost control of his westbound minivan on an icy curve and slid into the opposing lane, striking a vehicle driven by Gary Deyarmin, 50, of Indiana.
A passenger in Allen Deyarmin’s vehicle, Nancy Deyarmin, 66, of Cherry Tree, was taken to Indiana Regional Medical Center for treatment.
By Brian C. Rittmeyer / photo by Eric Felack – Valley News Dispatch
In six months, and nearly $200,000 later, Allegheny County officials are hoping when they ask, “Can you hear me now?” the answer from the Alle-Kiski Valley will be, “Loud and clear.”
After fielding complaints for years about spotty and unreliable service, the county this year will be making improvements to the radio tower in Tarentum that carries communications between the county’s 911 emergency dispatch center in Pittsburgh and police officers, firefighters and paramedics in the Valley.
“This has been a priority for all of us,” Allegheny County Emergency Services Chief Alvin Henderson Jr. said at a meeting Wednesday night of the Allegheny Valley North Council of Governments in Harmar.
“I feel your pain,” he told the room full of local police, firefighters, paramedics and elected officials. “The light is at the end of the tunnel.”
The county is spending $189,000 on the radio upgrades, Henderson said.
Among the improvements will be the addition of a “seamless” backup system, replacing copper lines with fiber optics, a dedicated channel for incidents separate from the general dispatch channel, and better coverage to fill in dead spots.