By Patrick Cloonan – McKeesport Daily News
North Versailles Township’s board of commissioners is advertising a new policy for its three volunteer fire departments, for possible approval on Aug. 21.
“We just revised it and simplified it,” township board president George Thompson said. “We made it more inviting for someone to become a firefighter.”
As proposed, the policy likely means a more level playing field involving Fire Department of North Versailles, which has facilities near Route 30 and off East Pittsburgh McKeesport Boulevard, and Crestas Terrace and West Wilmerding departments.
“We’re using the taxpayers money to fund the fire companies,” said commissioner Vince Paradine, who oversees the departments. “You should have some input as to how this money should be spent.”
But it likely means a continuation of controversies dating back to 2008 and beyond.
By Maura Sirianni – erietvnews.com
Fire broke out around 11:00 p.m., Thursday at an abandoned factory along East 16th Street, in between French and Holland streets.
The fire started in the back of the building and took crews a few hours to get under control.
They said nearby railroad tracks made it difficult to access fire hydrants. They also say this isn’t first fire they’ve had to tackle, at an empty building.
No reports of any injuries, and so far, no official word on what caused the fire.
By New Castle News
NEW CASTLE — The state police fire marshal is investigating a vacant house fire in Union Township.
Chief Pat Donofrio of the Union Township Volunteer Fire Department, said firemen were called to 1237 W. State St. at 1:18 a.m. Tuesday. They remained at the scene until 6:46 a.m.
The chief said the house, which was fully engulfed when firemen arrived, is a total loss.
Neither Donofrio nor the Lawrence County assessment office had any record of the property owner.
He said the house has been vacant for a long time and no utilities were connected to it.
The North Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Department provided mutual aid. No injuries were reported.
Crews are on scene on Verona Rd in Penn Hills at the Dairy Queen attending to 4 injured people after a pickup truck with a landscaping trailer plowed into the building.
The truck caused a gas line rupture and the building quickly filled with gas.
Everyone inside was evacuated.
Check back for more details.
By KDKA – Photo by Tim Lawson
NORTH SIDE (KDKA) – At least five people have been displaced as a result of a fire on the North Side Wednesday afternoon.
According to officials at the scene, the fire broke out at a duplex in the 2800-block of Perrysville Avenue shortly after noon.
Smoke and flames were spotted pouring out of the third floor of the brick building.
Firefighters say there were reports of people screaming, so they began searching the building as soon as they arrived on the scene. But there were some complications.
“As our guys were searching apartments and trying to find fire, it was kind of like being in a little bit of a maze,” said Deputy Chief Frank Large, of the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau.
The building was previously a duplex.
“Over the years, it’s been remodeled into more than just a duplex,” said Deputy Chief Large. “There are five or six apartments in this duplex now and it’s all sort of cut up.”
Neighbors watched as the fire grew to two alarms.
MANOR TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Fire caused significant damage to a home in Armstrong County this afternoon.
The blaze broke out just after 4 p.m. in the 100-block of Iseman Hill Road in Manor Township.
No injuries have been reported.
There’s no word yet on what sparked the fire.
By Patrick Varine – Tribune-Review
Fighting fires is a passion for the Snyder family of Penn Hills.
Lincoln Park No. 221 Chief Shawn Snyder is a second-generation Penn Hills firefighter, following in the footsteps of his uncle and father, who is currently a life member of Penn Hills VFD No. 224 in the Point Breeze neighborhood.
Snyder began at his father’s company when he was 16, and last week was recognized for a quarter-century of service, serving at No. 224 until 2004 as a lieutenant, assistant chief and chief, and currently at the Lincoln Park station, where he has served as both captain and now chief.
Snyder said the most important lesson he has learned in his 25 years is that there’s always another lesson to be learned.
“You want to know your training and continue to do it no matter what,” Snyder said. “Always and forever, because everything is always changing. New things come out, new techniques … products and materials change.”
Over the years, Lincoln Park firefighters have increased staffing as well as the local services they provide to the community, including the station’s live-in program, which is currently seeking applicants.
“Other departments in the areas surrounding Penn Hills had been doing it for years,” Snyder said.
By KDKA – photo by Scott Danka
INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A motorcyclist was killed in a head on-crash in Beaver County Thursday morning.
According to police, the crash happened on Route 30 near Hozack Road in Independence Township around 12:30 a.m.
State Police said William Way, 22, of Clinton, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Way was traveling east on Route 30 when he lost control around a curve, when the motorcycle went into the path of an oncoming Nissan Versa.
After Way hit the car, police said he was thrown into its windshield.
Way borrowed the motorcycle from a friend and was not wearing a helmet.
Way’s grandfather, a volunteer with the Hanover Township Volunteer Fire Department, spoke to KDKA-TV’s Amy Wadas.
By Indiana Gazette
ARMSTRONG TOWNSHIP — Authorities reported a 1-year-old child was airlifted to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment of injuries following a collision Wednesday evening on Route 422 near Trim Tree Road.
The boy, whose name was not released, was a passenger in a car driven by Steven Marsh, of Indiana, according to state police.
Troopers reported one other driver was injured in the crash.