By Braden Ashe – photo by Dan Speicher / Tribune-Review
Firefighters spent more than two hours Sunday morning extinguishing an apartment building fire at Drey Street and Kenneth Avenue in Arnold.
Arnold fire Chief J.C. Tedorski said crews responded about 6 a.m. to a report of a first-floor fire in the two-story building. When they arrived, he said, a “heavy amount of flames” was showing from a first-floor window and spreading through the second story to the roof.
Tenants in all four of the brick building’s apartments were home when the fire started but safely evacuated without injury, according to Tedorski.
Arnold, New Kensington and Lower Burrell firefighters began immediately combating the first-story flames before turning their attention to the roof, where the fire was spreading rapidly.
“Once the fire got in between the ceiling and the roof, it ran through the whole area,” Tedorski said. “It’s an old building — really well constructed — so there was a lot of heavy, hard work being done to break through the ceiling from the interior to take care of the hot spots up there.”
West Penn Power crews responded about 45 minutes into the call to de-energize a power line to the house that was raining sparks on the firefighters below.
“They were able to cut it down without interrupting power to any of the other houses, but there were some intense moments as the wire was melting,” Tedorski said. “It was burning off the side of the house and sparking. It could have posed a real problem.”
By: Sarah Rebb – WJAC
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Fire crews were called to the 500 block of Dorothy Avenue in Johnstown early Monday morning.
Cambria County dispatch told 6 News the first call went in around 4 a.m.
A total of three structures were involved in the five alarm blaze.
The first home that caught on fire was unoccupied. The second home was said to be a double house and residents living inside were forced out. A third home suffered exterior damage.
The American Red Cross was on scene assisting the families. There were no reported injuries.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
EAST HUNTINGDON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – One person was killed and another suffered minor injuries in a Westmoreland County accident Saturday afternoon.
According to police, the accident happened on Mount Pleasant Road in East Huntingdon Township at 4:45 p.m.
A 2004 Honda Civic failed to negotiate a turn and crossed into the path of an oncoming 2009 Ford F-450.
The pickup truck attempted to stop, but impacted the passenger side of the Civic.
The unidentified driver of the Civic died in the crash. The unidentified driver of the pickup truck was taken to Frick Hospital with minor injuries.
Police are investigating the crash. But believe speed was a factor.
By David Burcham – New Castle News
NEW CASTLE — It’s obvious that Mahoning Township Police Officer Brian Magliocca and his K-9 partner are in sync.
“It’s like we can read each other’s minds,” Magliocca said.
Magliocca and Vex, a 90-pound German Shepherd that came to the United States in 2013, even speak the same language — Dutch. Magliocca voices commands in that tongue because that’s how Vex was trained in Slovakia.
Vex’s tail was injured on his way to America. Part of it has been removed. That blemish caused other departments to choose another options. Magliocca said it has been their loss and pure gain for Mahoning Township.
Magliocca, 27, leaped at the opportunity to work with Vex, joining him for a six-week training session last July. “It was an opportunity that I just had to take,” Magliocca said.
Vex, who is about to turn three, spent eight previous weeks drilling at the Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville. Magliocca said canines are tested for the right character, balanced drives, nerves and temperaments. Vex passed with flying colors. The cost of the training was approximately $15,000, with another $3,000 needed to make the necessary changes to a police cruiser.
The addition of Vex has clearly expanded the capabilities of a small department that is led by Chief Jim Morris and includes Officer Richard Conti.
“A small department doesn’t usually have the means to have a canine officer,” Morris said. “I consider us very lucky.”
Police departments in New Castle and Neshannock are the only others in Lawrence County to utilize a dog.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Crews are working to put out a house fire in McCandless.
It started around 5:30 a.m. at a home in the 9200-block of Peebles Road.
The family was home at the time, but was able to make it out safely and call 911.
The fire appears to have started in the front bedroom of the home.
A Greene County man was seriously injured Thursday morning when his vehicle ran off Prosperity Pike (Route 18) in Morris Township and hit a tree and a home.
State police said Forest Michael Wood, 19, of Holbrook, was driving north about 7 a.m. in the 5700 block when his truck went off the road, hit a guardrail and traveled 220 feet through the yard before striking a large tree, then spinning and coming to rest with the driver’s side wedged against the home at 5715 Prosperity Pike.
Wood had to be extricated from the vehicle by Morris Township firefighters and was unresponsive, said fire Chief Dave Dietrich. He was wearing a seat belt. Wood was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital.
There was minor damage to the home. Dietrich did not provide the name of the homeowner, but said the family was inside and a 9-year-old was on the other side of the wall that the truck hit. The child was not injured.
“It’s a good thing that the truck hit the tree prior to hitting the house or it might have gone clear through the house,” Dietrich said.
Firefighters were on the scene for about two hours, as the impact was so great it ripped the fuel tank from the truck and gas sprayed around the area. State police are investigating.
By New Castle News
NEW CASTLE — Firefighters rescued a dog from a Crestview Gardens apartment Wednesday night after fire broke out in the kitchen.
The New Castle Fire Department was summoned around 9:15 to an apartment building 1149 Pin Oak Drive, where fire had broken out in the kitchen of a second-floor unit and spread to wall coverings and cabinets.
All residents of the eight apartments in the building were safely outside when firefighters arrived, according to a fire department report.
In extinguishing the blaze, firefighters opened the kitchen ceiling to examine the attic area because the building shares a common roof, the report said.
The firefighters contained the blaze to the kitchen, where they found a stove burner turned on medium-high heat and the burner to be red.
They had electrical power shut off to all of the apartments.
By Alicia Mcelhaney – Triblive.com
Surely firefighter E. Jeffrey “Lance” Wentzel was watching from heaven last week as the Youngwood Volunteer Fire Department held the summer carnival he loved so much.
Wentzel died in the line of duty on March 22.
He was struck by a train in North Versailles while searching for a missing woman.
“After everything he gave us, it’s only right to do something for him — to honor the way he passed,” truck captain John Storey said.
Fire Chief Lloyd Crago said the department wants to honor Wentzel and to let others know of his legacy.
Work has started at Station 26 in Youngwood on a permanent memorial to Wentzel. It will serve as an oasis for reflection at the fire station on Second Street.
“We just want to make sure everyone remembers him,” Crago said. “We want his kids and grandkids to be able to come to the fire department and remember him.”
Wentzel, a firefighter for 35 years, was named the department’s first Firefighter of the Year award in 2012.
By Mike Jones – Observer-Reporter
North Strabane Township’s new police chief is once again asking for township officials to approve the purchase of more than $60,000 in new equipment he thinks is needed to upgrade the department.
Chief Brian Hughes asked township supervisors during their Tuesday night workshop meeting to consider spending $60,835 to buy new rifles, shotguns, stop sticks and office equipment so officers can use them immediately.
Supervisors Robert Balogh, Marcus Staley and Sonia Stopperich voted against a similar request last month and asked for more information from the chief about the spending. Hughes said he removed his Taser line item and lowered the amount of shotguns and office equipment in his request.
“In my opinion, the above equipment is very important to our operations and is needed as soon as possible,” Hughes said.
The biggest items are $27,000 for new patrol rifles and $14,000 for semiautomatic shotguns that will replace “pump-action” versions and be stored in every police cruiser. He said both are weapons that can be purchased by citizens at local gun shops, so his officers need to be properly equipped for any situation. He added the patrol rifles also include specialized scopes and other hardware.