Tag: residential structure fire

Fire Sends Residents, Firefighters to Hospital

091914-altoona-house-fireBy Ashley Doerzbacher – WTAJ

ALTOONA – The fire inspector has ruled an early morning fire in the City of Altoona accidental. Tim Hughes, fire inspector for the Altoona Fire Department, said the fire started after a child inside this house here caught the couch on fire, while playing with a cigarette lighter.

Fire broke out here in the 300-block of Lexington Avenue. The fire was fully involved by the time crews arrived. It took about 40 minutes to get that fire under control, nearly two hours to put out completely.

A family of 7 lived inside the home, and everyone was out of the house by the time crews got there. At least four of them were taken to UPMC Altoona and treated for minor injuries.  The Red Cross is helping the family.

Three fire fighters were also were taken to the hospital and treated for ankle sprains and heat exhaustion. Those fire fighters are at home recovering.

“I’m glad that our firefighters only had minor injuries,” said Deputy Chief Mike Tofano, of the Altoona Police Department. “It’s certainly a strenuous and dangerous job, but it’s one that our guys are trained to do.”

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3-Alarm Fire Damages 2 South Oakland Homes

091914-oakland-structure-fireBy Brenda Waters – KDKA

SOUTH OAKLAND (KDKA)- Fire crews had their hands full with a quick-moving fire in South Oakland Friday morning.

The fire started around 2:30 a.m. at a home on Orpwood Street, near the intersection with Parkview Ave.

Neighbors tell us that the two homes are used as apartments for students at nearby colleges like Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University.

Those students watched as flames lit up the Oakland sky, as firefighters battled what seemed like never-ending flames.

Fire fully engulfed one home and by the time firefighters got on scene, a second home caught fire too.

Only two charred frames were left by Friday morning.

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Crews Called to Cambria County House Fire

By WTAJ News

ADAMS TOWNSHIP, CAMBRIA COUNTY – Crews in Cambria County were called to the the scene of a house fire late Sunday night.

A 911 supervisor told WTAJ three different fire departments were dispatched to a home located in the 100 block of Spruce Court.

That’s in Adams Township, Cambria County.

Crews remained on scene until around 11 pm Sunday night.

It’s unclear what started the fire or the extent of damage done to the home.

No injuries were reported.

Read more: http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/crews-called-to-cambria-county-house-fire/30039/G_8FxwlgF0GZSRTOm0Yy5w

Couple escapes New Castle house fire without injury

By WTAE

Emergency dispatchers said the fire started in the attic of the home on Sheraden Avenue.

A man and a woman got out safely, along with their pets.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Read more: http://www.wtae.com/news/couple-escapes-new-castle-house-fire-without-injury/28056524#ixzz3DOVUtZ8t

Neighbor rescues dog from Highland Avenue fire

By New Castle News

The Douglas family was not home when the attic fan in their Highland Avenue home caught fire yesterday.

But thanks to a neighbor, who was not identified, their dog escaped safely.

 Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kobbe said a neighbor saw flames coming from the attic of a home at 2208 Highland and forced open the door to the house, then went inside to look for the dog.

He found the dog, a medium sized beagle mix, and got it out safely. The family’s other animals, which included another dog, two fish and a bird, were not injured. Phillip and Kayla Douglas and their four children live in the house, which is owned by Holly Hampe, according to the report.

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Early Morning Fire in Meadville

By YourErie.com

September 2, 2014-A fire in Meadville this morning sent one man to the hospital and damaged a home.

Firemen went to 758 Stewart Street around six responding to a bedroom fire.

Fire damage was confined to one room, but smoke and water damage was more extensive.

One man inside the home was taken to Meadville Medical Center for treatment of minor smoke inhalation.

No other injuries were reported.

Read more: http://www.yourerie.com/news/news-article/d/story/early-morning-fire-in-meadville/76014/45IYkFaN6E6ksjC9pyJzcg

 

Large Home in West Mifflin Catches Fire

FIRE-HeadlineBy WPAFN

Crews were dispatched to a house fire in West Mifflin this morning at the intersection of McClure Avenue and Skylark Avenue.  The fire was in a large two story house, with fire through the roof.

Units from West Mifflin, Munhall, Homestead, Duquesne, Glassport, and Whitaker are all on scene working to contain the fire with numerous other departments providing standbys.

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Fire Rips Through Knoxville Home, 8-Year-Old Hailed A Hero

082714-pittsburgh-knoxville-house-freBy Christine D’Antonio – KDKA

KNOXVILLE (KDKA)- An 8-year-old girl is being hailed as a hero for getting her sister safely out of a fire in Knoxville Wednesday morning.

According to officials at the scene. the fire started around 2 a.m. at a home in the 100-block of Zara Street.

When crews arrived, heavy fire and smoke was coming out of the second floor.

An 8-year-old girl and her 18-year-old sister were sleeping on the second floor. The 8-year-old smelled smoke, woke up and began screaming and yelling to wake up her sister.

“We [were] asleep and the candle caught on to something. She woke up and woke me up out of my sleep, and got us out of the house,” said Naquala Crosby.

The girls’ mother, Nicole Dillard,  was not home at the time of the fire. But, she says her 8-year-old daughter saved her life too.

“Yeah, she saved my life because if I would have lost the life of them, I don’t know what would’ve have happened. So, yeah she saved my life too,” said Dillard.

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Stockdale fire, N. Charleroi crash keep emergency personnel hopping

082614-stockdaleBy Chris Buckley – Trib Total Media

A fire in Stockdale and an accident in North Charleroi involving a car and motorcycle kept emergency personnel in the Charleroi Fire District busy late Monday night.

A motorcyclist was flown by emergency helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Charleroi Regional Police Officer Bill Gardner said the cyclist was conscious and talking to police before he was transported to a landing zone at the Charleroi Area School campus.

Police did not release the name of the motorcyclist.

Gardner said the driver of a black Nissan, Richard M. Fauvie, 39, of 35 Tyler Ave., Charleroi, was traveling northbound up the hill on Route 88, just north of the John K. Tener Bridge, shortly after 10 p.m. The vehicle hit the concrete wall, traveled 100 feet and spun, striking the motorcycle and pinning the operator against a concrete wall.

Lock Four firefighters were on the scene of the accident as well as Charleroi Regional Police.

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Crews Battle Third Fire at Erie House in Less Than a Month

082514-erie-house-fire-third-timeBy YourErie.com

August 25, 2014- Erie Firefighters battled a house fire at 643 East 9th street for a structure fire early this morning – the third at that house in less than a month.

Heavy smoke and flames were reported just before 4 a-m; the fire fighters had the fire out in only a few minutes.

Crews on the scene say that vacant house also caught fire last Thursday around 4a.m. and crews worked quickly to ensure the safety of neighboring homes and residents in that area.

Chief fire inspector Guy Santone is looking into the cause of the blaze.

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