By Patrick Cloonan / photo by Ronald Vezzani Jr. – McKeesport Daily News
A West Mifflin couple and their adult daughter were hospitalized on Wednesday night when a smoky fire gutted their home in the borough’s Homeville neighborhood.
Homeville No. 1 Volunteer Fire Co. Chief David Martin said Allegheny County fire marshal’s office is “more than likely” to determine that an electrical problem triggered the fire on E. First Avenue.
Relatives said Daniel and Cheryl Wehrer bought the three-story brick structure 30 years ago.
“There was heavy smoke in the first and second floors,” Martin said. “There was heavy fire in the subdivision. It spread up through the walls to the roof.”
The Wehrers were discharged from UPMC Mercy. They had been taken there by Baldwin EMS for treatment of smoke inhalation, according to a spokeswoman for UPMC.
Information about their daughter’s condition was not available at presstime.
“She was having trouble breathing,” a relative said. Others said she was experiencing chest pains.
Fire companies from Munhall to Glassport assisted the Homeville No. 1 crews called to battle the blaze at 5:11 p.m.
Story by Patrick Cloonan/Photo by Ron Vezzani Jr – McKeesport Daily News
A man was taken to a Pittsburgh trauma center on Wednesday afternoon with injuries sustained when he fell from the roof of a commercial building near West Mifflin’s Century Square.
West Mifflin Skyview No. 3 and Pleasant Hills volunteer firefighters provided ladder trucks to assist Baldwin EMS paramedics at 7045 Clairton Road.
Allegheny County dispatchers said the incident was called in at 1:32 p.m. and involved a 42-year-old man, though officials could not confirm an age.
“He fell 25 feet onto a subroof off of the main roof,” Baldwin EMS Assistant Chief Todd Plunkett said.
Paramedics said the man was conscious when they arrived to stabilize him.
Plunkett said the man was placed in a Stokes basket and taken off the subroof by the Skyview No. 3 ladder truck.
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West Mifflin police, firefighters and the Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office continue to investigate the cause of a house fire along Sylvan Avenue.
Authorities at the scene declined to speculate if fireworks may have sparked the Thursday night blaze.
Homeowner Bill Margita told Trib Total Media news exchange partner WPXI-11 that he planned to fix the vacant home and sell it to his daughter. He said he believed the blaze was caused by fireworks.
“There was a tree in the side back there, in the back porch, that’s gone,” Margita said. “It looks like that tree must have caught the house on fire and burned up the back of the house. That’s why I’m thinking the fireworks came off the hill and did it.”
The house had working utilities that were disconnected as part of firefighters’ response to the blaze.
“I think about other people, what they lose, so I guess I’m in the category with one of them that’s supposed to lose. As long as I got a job, that’s all that counts. This stuff, I can always collect again,” Margita said.
By Michael Divittorio and Eric Slagle – McKeesport Daily News
Firefighters from several communities responded to multiple brush fires along Norfolk Southern train tracks from Dravosburg to West Mifflin on Monday evening.
At least six fires were reported on the embankment in Dravosburg and West Mifflin. White smoke filled that section of the Mon Valley.
“Service on that line was not disrupted,” Norfolk Southern public relations manager Dave Pidgeon said.
The fires could be seen along the railroad tracks between the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge and Coal Valley Road shortly before 5:30 p.m.
Glassport fire Chief Wayne Lewis said a hot wheel on a passing train may have sparked the blazes.
Pidgeon said the fires are under investigation.
10/10/2004 – West Mifflin Structure Fire
1125 Lawrence Street
The call came in about 2am for a Working Structure Fire.
Stations 293, 295, 298, 171 and 133 responded and 295 was on stand by.
A couple lived there and the woman and her dog escaped the fire and got out safely.
Photos and report courtesy of Sean Mooney
1/17/2004 – Monview Heights – West Mifflin
Commercial Structure Fire
Pictures courtesy of Ryan Lippert and Whitakervfc.org