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Fire Destroys Home, Pizza Shop in Clearfield County

073114-brady-twp-structure-fireBy WJAC

BRADY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A fast-moving fire destroyed a pizza shop and a home in Clearfield County early Thursday morning.

State police at DuBois said Giuseppe Giambanco’s home and neighboring business, Joe and Sal’s Pizza, were destroyed when the fire sparked around 1:30 a.m. Thursday on Luthersburg-Rockton Highway in Brady Township.

Police said the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but determined it started in the front of the building.

Luthersburg Fire Chief Russell Perks said it was a tough blaze to control.

“It took us about an hour to get this fire under control,” Russell said. “We had a wind last night that was blowing which made the fire difficult.”

Damage was estimated at $150,000, police said. No injuries were reported in the fire.

The home was believed to be the oldest in Luthersburg, the owner said.

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Penn Township Ambulance paramedics perform speedy delivery via the turnpike

073114-penn-twp-delivery-emsBy Chris Foreman – photo by Lillian DeDomenic / Triblive.com

Someday, Paige Reese McLaughlin is going to have a great story to tell her friends about her birthday.

After all, not everyone can lay claim to being born in an ambulance.

Penn Township Ambulance paramedics delivered the 7-pound, 3-ounce baby last week in Penn Township en route to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville.

Paige’s parents, township residents Missy and Jonathan McLaughlin, still are getting a handle on the July 21 whirlwind experience.

“It was very surreal,” Missy McLaughlin said on Monday. “It took a couple of days to sink in that this happened to us. And, it was all natural, too.”

The second-time parents had far less time to prepare for Paige’s arrival than for their son, Jordan, 2. Missy’s labor for their first child lasted 31 hours.

Three days after her due date, Paige didn’t waste any more time in meeting her parents. The birth happened quickly after Missy’s water broke at about 7:45 or 7:50 p.m. Jonathan — who rushed home from work in Turtle Creek — found that Missy already was pushing.

At that point, the situation was urgent because Missy’s contractions sped up to be only one minute apart. Though they had been planning to give birth at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, they called for an ambulance, which headed for Forbes Regional.

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Beaver house fire called a “loss”

073114-beaver-house-fireBy Kirstin Kennedy – photo by Kevin Lorenzi / timesonline.com

BEAVER — Colin McKevitt wasn’t home when his house caught on fire Wednesday evening.

He was watching the Pirates game but briefly left to drive his daughter to an appointment in town. He was gone for about five minutes. When he got back, he found a bunch of neighbors standing around his 859 Seventh St. home. Flames were billowing from the back of the house.

McKevitt ran into the home through the front door and saw the fire was coming from his daughter’s room by where her television was set up. He was able to get his dog and cat out of the house safely. Then the fire departments arrived.

Smoke from the fire drifted down as far as Bridgewater as crews from Beaver, Vanport Township, Rochester Township and Bridgewater attempted to contain the flames.

Beaver Volunteer Fire Chief John Grosskopf called the house a “loss” but was unsure of the cause. He said the fire seems to have originated in a first-floor bedroom. Heat and flames from the first floor channeled upstairs, fully involving the entire house.

No injuries were reported.

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Glassport police name new chief

073114-glassport-police-chiefBy Michael DiVittorio / photo by Jennifer Vertullo – McKeesport Daily News

Glassport Police Department has new leadership.

Council promoted Sgt. Cliff LaFever to police chief at a special meeting on Wednesday.

Councilman Eugene Skerkoski made the motion which was seconded by councilwoman Anna Kudla.

It was one of several police personnel moves approved by a 6-0 vote. Councilman Paul Trunzo was absent.

LaFever, a Dravosburg native, officially replaces Howard Kifer as chief on Friday.

“It’s a great feeling because I think the council and mayor (Rosemary Bradley) and I share a vision and we’d like to see the department move forward,” LaFever said. “I’d like to take it to the next level. I’m not originally from here, but I love Glassport. I’ve been here for 10 years. I have more friends here in Glassport than I ever had where I grew up. There’s a lot of good people here … I want to get the community more involved. I’m a big supporter of crime watch. I think it’s a great thing. We can’t do this by ourselves. We need the citizens’ help.”

LaFever started his law enforcement career in Dravosburg in 1992 when the borough had its own force. It’s currently patrolled by McKeesport police.

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Ellwood man charged after driving over fire hose

hw-logoBy New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — An Ellwood City man has been charged for driving over a fire hose .

Michael Joseph Docchio, 51, of 110 Fourth St., was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving over a fire hose, careless driving and failing to obey traffic control devices.

According to police, Ellwood City officers were assisting fire departments fighting a blaze in an apartment building at 221 Fifth Street about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Officers maintained traffic control and blocked access to the fire, including stopping Fifth Street traffic between Spring and Lawrence avenues. Officers said this was done because of the presence of firefighters and equipment, specifically the hoses connected to hydrants.

The Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department connected a hose to the fire hydrant on the northwest corner of Lawrence Avenue at Fifth Street, police said, running it for a block and a half to the fire.

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Fire ravages Blairsville; 2 buildings destroyed, 1 person still missing

073114-blairsville-sharons-barBy Indiana-Gazette – photo by Tom Peel

BLAIRSVILLE — One person was missing and unaccounted for this morning following a blaze that destroyed two buildings in downtown Blairsville and heavily damaged two more.

Volunteer firefighters from nine fire departments battled the fire that started about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in Sharon’s Restaurant and Lounge, 244 E. Market St., and then spread east and west to neighboring buildings, according to George Burkley, chief of the Blairsville fire department.

Two state police fire marshals were on the scene early today searching for a cause of the blaze, and Burkley said it appears the fire started in the kitchen of the restaurant and bar, possibly near a deep fryer.

The fire also destroyed the adjoining building housing Chaek’s Window ice cream shop, and damaged the nearby Chaek Photography and an apartment building.

Burkley estimated that seven people may have been left homeless by the flames.

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Developing Story: Fatal Pleasant Hills Apartment Fire

073014-pleasant-hills-fireBy HoopieWorld.com

There are reports of multiple fatalities at an apartment fire in the 100 blk of Curry Hollow Rd in Pleasant Hills.

The fire reached multiple alarms with multiple ladder trucks scaling the building.

Per TribLive’s Stephanie Hacke, there is one confirmed fatality.

Click here for the initial dispatch audio recording.

 

 
Coverage from around the web:

Triblive: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6534804-74/fire-apartment-crews#axzz38xJwFXbU
WTAE: http://www.wtae.com/news/coroner-called-to-apartment-building-fire-in-pleasant-hills/27236040#!brEWQa
WPXI: http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/1-person-killed-pleasant-hills-fire/ngrRd/
KDKA: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/07/30/2-reported-dead-in-pleasant-hills-fire/

Harrison Twp. House Explodes, Woman Rushed To Hospital

073014-harrison-twp-house-explosionBy Brenda Waters – KDKA

HARRISON TOWNSHIP (KDKA)- A house exploded early Wednesday morning in Harrison Township, which left one woman injured.

Firefighters were called to the home on Pleasant Road around 1:30 a.m.

Hilltop Hose Company Fire Chief Tom Wesoloski says a woman inside the home jumped out of a window. She was badly burned on 24 percent of her body.

Propane tanks were used to heat the mobile home and the fire chief says the tanks were on fire and exploded.

“One of the supply lines from the propane tank ruptured and it was a constant fire until it burned off,” Chief Wesoloski said.

Also, there were two shotguns inside the home. They began firing off ammunition during the fire.

The woman who was burned was transported to UPMC Mercy Hospital.

The house is a total loss.

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Community thanks its first-responders

hw-logoBy Melissa Klaric – The Herald

HARPSVILLE — Sharpsville honored its emergency responders Sunday at an event that included Mertz Towers residents as special guests.

“We want our police and firemen to know we appreciate them,” Sandy Sager said.

She organized the event in Memorial Park, along with Robbie Arnold, interim pastor at Sharpsville Presbyterian Church, for the Greater Sharpsville Area Clergy. The event thanked emergency crews for their response to a fire at Mertz Towers in March.

“The clergy got involved because we were thanking God that no one got hurt in the fire because it could’ve been a real tragedy,” Sager said.

The March 29 blaze started around 8 p.m. on the fourth floor of the high rise at 52 S. Mercer Ave. Firefighters contained the damage to apartment 402 where the fire started, according to police.

Residents were not allowed back into the building on that cold and rainy evening because of heavy smoke and water damage. Some were bused to St. Bartholomew Social Center around the corner on Ridge Avenue for food and shelter.

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Curwensville Highway Accident

073014-curwensville-fatal-accidentBy Fox8tv.com

A man suffers a heart attack after being involved in a four car crash in Clearfield County.

The Investigators say Dennis Yatta went into cardiac arrest as he was being rescued from the wreckage along Route 879 in Curwensville.

He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

The Investigators are not sure what caused the accident but say an asphalt truck crashed into the vehicle that the victim was driving.

Five other people were hurt and taken to the hospital.

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