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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/

Attic fire destroys home in West Deer

030314-west-deer-house fireBy 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.”

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3-Alarm Fire Damages 3 East Pittsburgh Homes

030314-east-pittsburgh-block-partyBy KDKA

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.

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Crews quickly knock down McKeesport house fire

022714-mckeesportBy 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.

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Morning Snow Slows Firefighters Causes I-79 Pile Up

022714-wattsburgBy 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.

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Furnace fire damages Somerset Co. home

021914-somersetBy: 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.”

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Firefighters Battle 2-House Fire In Swissvale

021314-swissvale-fireBy 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.

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8 depts. respond to house fire in West Salem

021314-west-salem-fireBy 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.

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