By Braden Ashe / photo by Dan Speiche – Valley News Dispatch
A West Deer house fire on Sunday brought five fire departments to Marshall Street where low water pressure kept crews from extinguishing the flames before the roof collapsed.
No one was injured in the fire, which burned for a little more than an hour before crews flooded the roof from a 75-foot aerial ladder, according to Chief Steve McCorkle of West Deer Fire Company No. 2. Homeowner Tom Ingold reported the fire about 2 p.m. He declined to comment.
Neighbor Dana Wangler said he saw small wisps of black smoke escaping from the attic as he went to investigate Ingold’s cries for help. From across the street, he could hear a “soft crackling sound, like a bonfire” emanating from the house.
“I saw (Ingold) try to get back in his house,” Wangler said. “As soon as he got to the door, he just turned around. That’s when I knew it was going to be bad.”
EAST PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Firefighters were kept busy with a three-alarm fire in East Pittsburgh Saturday night.
According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the fire started at a home in the 500-block of Center Street around 11:30 p.m.
The fire quickly spread to two other homes nearby.
The cause of the fire is unknown and no other information has been released at this time.
By Eric Slagle / photo by Cindy Shegan Keeley – McKeesport Daily News
McKeesport firefighters responded to an upstairs blaze in a brick house at the corner of Wigham and Locust streets on Wednesday at about 3:30 p.m.
A 40-year-old man who identified himself as a renter and sole occupant of the home said he was out when a neighbor called and told him the building was on fire.
The man said he believes the fire may have started in a kitchen area on the second floor. He said he isn’t sure where he will go.
“They said Red Cross can probably help me. So I’ll talk to them,” he said.
Fire Chief Kevin Lust said crews quickly knocked down the fire but not before it spread into the eaves and attic.
A neighbor complained that there are too many old and abandoned homes in the area that pose fire risks.
First responders applied salt to the street in front of the structure to prevent ice from building up around a fire hydrant and hose.
By Bill Cummings – erietvnews.com
Erie County, PA - A Wattsburg home is gone after a fast moving fire swept through the single story home on 8987 Page Road just after 7:30a.m. Firefighters from six area departments including Wattsburg and Belle Valley found the front of the home, consumed by flames when they arrived at the scene.
The snow and windy conditions played a part in the fire fight, with the flames and smoke spreading to and damaging an attached garage. No one was home at the time of the fire. A neighbor and a passerby called the fire into emergency dispatch.
The morning burst of snow and slick conditions also caused a chain reaction crash on Interstate 79 southbound in Erie County, involving near 30 cars. The Interstate is closed between Exit 174 (McKean) and Exit 166 (Route 6N, Edinboro/Albion) due to a multi-vehicle accident.Traffic is being detoured using the pre-designated “Black” detour route, which uses West Road, Route 832, Route 98 and Route 6N.
The road is expected to be opened by 2 p.m.
By: WJAC Web Staff
SOMERSET TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A family can no longer stay in their home after a furnace fire damaged part of their house in Somerset County.
Fire officials said a woman who lives at the home on Marlwood Drive in Somerset Township had taken her kids to school and came home at about 9 a.m. Tuesday to find smoke and flames coming from the house.
Somerset Fire Department Assistant Chief Stephen Borosky said it appeared the fire started from cinders falling from a wood furnace.
“Luckily this occurred during the day, [and] luckily the homeowner was able to come home,” Borosky said. “I would assume if the homeowner didn’t return when she did, that the fire would have been more extensive.”
By Trina Orlando – KDKA
SWISSVALE (KDKA) – Firefighters were called to Swissvale Thursday morning due to two homes being on fire.
According to emergency dispatchers, the fire started in the 2300-block of Milligan Avenue.
There are no reports of injuries, but the fire may be threatening a third home.
By Melissa Klaric – The Herald
WEST SALEM TOWNSHIP — A state police fire marshal is looking into the cause of an early morning fire Tuesday that destroyed a West Salem Township house.
Flames had engulfed the building when the first firefighters arrived shortly after 5:10 a.m. at 186 Clarksville St., said Bill Brown, assistant chief of West Salem Volunteer Fire Department. The fire apparently began at the rear of the house, he said.
The single family dwelling, a two-story house, collapsed into its foundation. No one was in the building at the time and there were no injuries, he said.
State Route 18 – Clarksville Street – was closed for about four hours until about 9:20 a.m.
Dino Tofani, owner of the house, had insurance, Brown said, adding that he didn’t know if tenants were living there.
However, a man whose address is listed as 186 Clarksville St. on police reports was arrested twice in the last couple weeks.
By Sarah Arbogast – KDKA
POTTER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – At least one person was unaccounted for in a Beaver County fire Wednesday morning.
According to emergency dispatchers, the fire broke out at a home in the 100-block of West Mowry Road in Potter Township around 8 a.m.
An elderly couple lives in the home and the wife was found in the driveway when officials arrived at the scene.
However, her husband is still unaccounted for at this time.
The cause of the fire is not known.
By Trina Orlando – KDKA
NESHANNOCK TWP. (KDKA) – Firefighters were called to the scene of an intense fire that destroyed a home in Lawrence County early Wednesday morning.
According to officials at the scene, the fire started around 4:30 a.m. at a home in the 1200-block of Kings Chapel Road in Neshannock Township.
A passerby saw the fire and called 911.
A mother, Jennifer Bees, carried her 6-year-old daughter out of the home. She then went back inside to try and rescue her 16-year-old son with autism.
Bees broke a window and yelled for help as Neshannock Township Police Officer Shawn Hill arrived. Officer Hill and the passerby helped the Bees and her son make it out of the window.
An 11-year-old girl was initially unaccounted for, but was later found to be with her father.
By Brian C. Rittmeyer / photo by Erica Dietz – Valley News Dispatch / triblive.com
A Bell man’s efforts to fix a problematic furnace somehow sparked a fire Tuesday that severely damaged the home that he and his wife had shared for 30 years.
Brian and Tracy Dudley, along with their dog Harley, escaped unharmed from the fire at their home at 234 McDivitt Road, which is off Route 819 in the southern reaches of the township. The fire was reported to Armstrong County 911 at 5:16 p.m.
Brian Dudley said he was working on the old, oil-fired furnace in the center of the home, trying to get it to run, when it caught on fire.
“It’s been giving me headaches off and on all winter,” he said.
Tracy Dudley said they had just gotten food delivered from Fox’s Pizza when the fire started.
“It was such a massive ball of flames from the furnace,” she said, sitting in a car to keep warm with Harley, a Pekingese-Maltese mix. “It looked like the whole entire hall was on fire.”