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Developing Story: Fatal Pleasant Hi...

By 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 r...

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Harrison Twp. House Explodes, Woman...

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

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Developing Story: Fatal Pleasant Hills Apartment Fire

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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.

We will add more details as they develop.

 

 

 

 
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

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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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Patterson Heights VFD to dedicate monument

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PATTERSON HEIGHTS — When Larry Barkley was awarded firefighter of the year in 2013, he was both surprised and honored.

But soon he realized there wasn’t anything displayed at the Patterson Heights Volunteer Fire Station honoring all of its members. As president of the department, Barkley wanted something to stand as a permanent thank-you to the men and women who have donated their time to the community.

“I just got it in my head, and I thought let’s see if we can get a donation,” Barkley said. So he approached Rome Monuments in Rochester. They donated a 24-by-6-by 24-inch stone to the department.

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Two injured in car-bus accident

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By New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Two people were taken to Jameson Hospital after a car and city bus collided Tuesday on Kennedy Square.

New Castle police reported witnesses had said John Zbiegien, 83, of Fields Drive, was northbound on Jefferson Street about 1:30 p.m., apparently went through a red light and collided with a city bus, westbound on East Washington Street.

The bus, driven by John Pezzutti, 67, of New Castle, was carrying three passengers at the time of the crash.

Police said Zbiegien and a female passenger on the bus were taken to Jameson Hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

Zbiegien is expected to be cited for a traffic light violation, according to police.

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Man Pronounced Dead Following Canoe Accident

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By yourerie.com

July 29, 2014- An Erie man has died following a canoe accident in Girard Township.

According to PA State Police in Girard, Michael Hohler, 53, and Matthew Kaliszewski, 33, both of Erie, were canoeing from McKean Township to Girard Township.

They left at 6p.m. on Monday afternoon, and traveled about 10 miles before coming to the railroad tubes near route 5.

When they reached the tubes, their canoe capsized and struck a downed tree, pinning Kaliszewski.

Kohler was able to get free, and attempted to rescue Kaliszewski, but due to rising, fast-moving water.  Kohler ran to get help, and when he returned with police officers, the man had disappeared, but the canoe was still where it became wedged up against the log.

Several fire departments and the coast guard were called to the scene to find Kaliszewski.

Kaliszewski’s body was found just before 1a.m. and Erie county coroner Lyell Cook pronounced him dead around 2a.m.

PA State Police say both men were wearing life jackets, and the incident has been ruled accidental.

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Man Ejected from Truck in Harborcreek Twp. Accident

072914-harborcreek-ejection-accidentBy Erietvnews.com

A man was ejected from his truck in a one-vehicle accident, late this afternoon.

Pennsylvania State Police responded to a call at the intersection of Buffalo and King Roads in Harborcreek Township, around 4:30pm. Police say a 39-year-old male was heading westbound on buffalo road when he lost control of his truck. It then rolled, and he was then ejected.

Police say the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed. He was taken to UPMC Hamot with unknown injuries.

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Lightning Blamed for Starting Cambria County Garage Fire

072914-colver-garage-fireBy WJAC

CAMBRIA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Officials are blaming an overnight lightning strike for sparking a garage fire in Cambria County Monday morning.

Cambria Township police said firefighters responded to a garage fire at a home in the Colver area of the township Monday morning.

Police said the fire was caused by a lightning strike from storms that moved through hours before. Crews were able to bring the fire under control quickly, police said.

No injuries were reported. There was no word on how much damage was caused to the garage.

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Bedford Hydrant Tampering

072914-bedford-twp-hydrantBy WATM – abc23.com

Officials in Bedford Township are dealing with a type of vandalism that say they have never seen before.

Someone opened a fire hydrant valve releasing two hundred thousand gallons of water. To put it in perspective, that is enough to fill about four above ground swimming pools. It is a lot of water, wasted.

The officials say the hydrant had been spewing water for at least three hours. Luckily a man who lives nearby noticed and placed a call. Otherwise it could have been much worse to the point of a potential public safety threat.

You can see in this video just how rural the area is. The hydrant that the Police say was tampered with on Sunday night is at the end of a road near the Bedford Township Business Park on a cul de sac that is not yet developed.

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