Tag: residential structure fire

Fire Rips Through Several Johnstown Homes

072214-johnstown-structure-fireBy 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. 

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Fire Rips Through Several Cambria County Homes

072114-johnstown-3-house-firesBy: 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. 

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Early Morning Fire Consumes McCandless Home

071814-mccandlessBy KDKA

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.

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Fire damages White Township home

071114-white-twp-house-fireBy Indiana Gazette

Fire ripped through a house on Pinecrest Drive off Martin Road in White Township on Thursday, causing heavy damage.

Indiana Fire Department and Citizens’ Ambulance were called to the scene at 6:28 p.m. for the fire that started in the attic of the home.

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Ellwood fire damages two houses

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By New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — One house was destroyed and another damaged in a fire Monday in Ellwood City.

Occupants of both dwellings — 530 and 532 Glen Ave. — were able to escape uninjured.

According to the Ellwood City Fire Department, three adults and six children live at 532 Glen Ave., but only one male adult was home at the time. The owner of the house at 530 Glen Ave. was able to escape with the help of a neighbor.

The house at 530 Glen Ave. was declared a total loss while the dwelling at 532 Glen Ave. suffered extensive damage, according to the department. A house at 528 Glen Ave. had minor damage to the siding, Chief Rick Myers said.

Firefighters were called around 6:20 p.m.

Myers said it appears the fire began at 532 Glen Ave. and spread to 530 Glen Ave. The houses are side by side, he said.

“We were fortunate to keep it to just two houses.”

The blaze originated in the front room of 532 Glen Ave., Myers said, adding the investigation is continuing by the state police fire marshal into the cause.

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Cabin destroyed in fire triggered by lightning strike

070914-east-mahoning-cabin-fireBy Indiana Gazette / photo by Marion Center VFD

Lightning struck an unoccupied cabin along Big Two Road in East Mahoning Township on Tuesday, sparking a blaze that destroyed the structure, according to fire officials.

Rich Lydic, chief of the Marion Center Volunteer Fire Department, said a distant neighbor witnessed the strike but didn’t immediately realize it had hit the cabin, resulting in a slight delay before the call came in.

In addition, a bad bridge required firefighters to drag hose over 600 feet to the location, Lydic said. Firefighters from Marion Center, Plumville and Clymer responded and were at the scene for about three hours, with Creekside on standby. Nobody was injured, Lydic said. The cabin was owned by Don Rupert, of Elderton.

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No injuries in Poland Mines fire

070814-poland-mines-fireBy Tara Kinsell – Observer-Reporter

DILLINER – Multiple volunteer fire departments responded to a structure fire Monday morning at 117 Allison Avenue in the Poland Mines area of Dilliner.

The fire started in a rented half of a duplex. The other half of the building was vacant.

Jim Hixon, 39, and his sons, Lakota, 15, and Kaleb, 13, were not home when the fire broke out shortly after 9 a.m. It was extinguished by 11:30 a.m.

Hixon’s brother, Nate Tasker, sister-in-law Kim and 6-year-old nephew, Andrew, who were staying with the Hixons, were also away from the home when the fire started.

Greensboro/Monongahela Township Fire Chief Gary Drew said the side being rented by the Hixons was a “total loss for contents.” The other side of the home sustained water and smoke damage as firefighters from the Greensboro/Monongahela, Nemacolin, Carmichaels/Cumberland, Point Marion, Bobtown and Rices Landing volunteer fire departments fought the fire. A state fire marshal was called to investigate the cause of the fire, which is believed to be accidental.

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Child Presumed Dead In McKeesport Fire

032414-mckeesport-fatalBy Heather Abraham – KDKA

MCKEESPORT (KDKA) – A child is presumed dead in a fire that destroyed three homes and damaged another Sunday night.

According to officials at the scene, the fire broke out at a home on Soles Street and quickly spread to three adjacent homes.

Four families have been displaced as a result of the fire.

Firefighters started to search for a child that may have been inside one of the homes.

However, the intense flames forced them to pull back.

A woman lived in the house with her two children along with her sister and her two children. She was watching the kids and the child that is presumed dead is the child of her sister.

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Family Escapes Shaler House Fire

032414-shaler-fireBy Christine D’Antonio – KDKA

SHALER (KDKA) – A Shaler family safely escaped their burning home early Monday morning.

According to officials at the scene, the fire broke out at a home in the 100-block of Convent Avenue around 3:30 a.m.

A woman, her son and another man were able to escape.

The son received minor burns and was taken to a local hospital, where he is expected to make a full recovery.

The man and woman escaped without injury along with their dog and cat.

The majority of the damage appeared to be on the second floor in the back section of the home.

At one point, the home was fully engulfed in flames. However, firefighters from numerous agencies were able to knock the flames down quickly.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Read more: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/03/24/family-escapes-shaler-house-fire/

Elderly Woman Killed In Richland Twp. House Fire

032214-richlandtwpBy Bob Allen – KDKA

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An elderly woman was killed and her daughters hospitalized after an intense fire consumed a home overnight (Saturday) in Richland Township.

A huge cloud of thick smoke poured from the home in the 1000-block of Woodhill Drive.

Neighbors say the fire started around 3 a.m. with flames quickly engulfing the residence.

“There were a couple of explosions,” said Robert Maker, a neighbor. “Apparently, there were some oxygen tanks inside, and that woke us up. Then, we came out and the house was pretty much fully engulfed.”

“We just heard a big bang,” added Hanna Clogan, another neighbor. “We thought it was gunshots, and I look out my window and I just see the house on fire.”

An elderly woman and her two daughters were inside when the fire started.

Neighbors say 95-year-old Evelyn Provost was trapped in an upstairs bedroom.

“The one lady was screaming help and running around like door to door, screaming help,” neighbor Jenna Peluso said.

The fire was so intense, one of the victim’s daughters jumped from a bedroom window on the other side of the chimney. She landed on an air conditioner below and was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital.

The combination of exploding oxygen tanks and extreme heat forced firefighters to keep their distance as they brought the flames under control.

Both of the victim’s daughters were hospitalized.

“They were just very nice people, very quiet,” said Maker. “The daughters took very good care of their mother and she was just a very sweet lady.”

“She was a very kindhearted lady and she’s going to be very missed,” Clogan said.

Meanwhile, a man was also treated at the scene of a fire in Springfield Township, Mercer County overnight.

It’s believed the fire started in the living room of his Cannery Road home around 3 a.m.

Read more: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/03/22/fire-consumes-2-homes-overnight/