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Friday, April 16, 2021

Elderly Man Found Dead During House Fire in North Philadelphia

An elderly man was found dead during a house fire in North Philadelphia late Thursday afternoon. The fire started at a home on the 2900 block of Mutter Street around 4 p.m. Responding firefighters found an unresponsive 79-year-old man inside the home. He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:15 p.m. Firefighters were able to bring the flames under control. Investigators have not yet revealed the cause of death or what started the fire.
WCAU-TV NBC 10 Philadelphia

Pittsburgh Firefighter Brothers Honored During National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month, a time when organ donation programs raise awareness about the importance of their cause. With the signing of a proclamation by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, April is now officially Donate Life Month in the city of Pittsburgh. For every person waiting for an organ donation and every individual who gives the gift of life, there is a story. A special local story pays tribute to city firefighters and brothers: Joe and Danny King. Joe, the longtime union president, died in February. He was a tissue and cornea donor. Danny saved four lives after his death in 2014. Joe’s wife, Denise, makes certain their legacy lives on. “They both reached out to help others, to serve others, to give a part of them to someone,” said Denise King. Service and compassion are such a common thread among Pittsburghers.
KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pittsburgh

Norristown Fire Chief urges a ’yes’ vote to referendum benefiting all fire services

All fire services in Pennsylvania should be entitled to use the funds that are available to their departments. To that end, Norristown Fire Chief Tom O’Donnell is appealing to voters to say “yes” to a statewide referendum on May 18. The ballot question stemmed from the Senate Resolution 6 Commission’s (SR6) unanimous recommendation to change the Volunteer Loan Assistance Program and add career/combination fire departments, O’Donnell noted. “We’re trying to get Harrisburg to change some archaic laws that exist and open up the program where there’s a windfall of money that municipal fire departments like the Norristown Fire Department and other departments in Montgomery County can take the opportunity to purchase fire apparatus. This is an important topic locally but also across the Commonwealth,” he said.
Main Line Suburban Life

Pickup truck erupts in flames in Yardley Borough; Yardley-Makefield firefighters quickly knock down blaze

PHOTO: Fire gutted a truck Wednesday morning causing quite a scene in the Yardley Walk development off of North Main Street. Just before 10 a.m., flames erupted from the engine compartment of the pickup truck, which was parked on Creekside Lane in the heart of the townhome development. Firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company were dispatched to the scene at 9:47 a.m. Engine 0 arrived on location and firefighters immediately went in service with a hose line, quickly extinguishing the fire with a combination of water and foam. Yardley Borough resident Anthony Primola happened to be riding his bike into the development when he saw flames and smoke coming from the vehicle. “I was riding my bike to Dolington Road when I saw the fire,” said Primola.
Bucks Local News

Smoky Fire Damages Erie Home

A fire at a home in the City of Erie created smoke that could be seen from blocks away Wednesday afternoon. It broke out around 3:45 p.m. at a multi-family home in the 400 block of W. 5th St. Firefighters sprayed water on the home and opened up the eves. Smoke also escaped through a hole in the roof. No injuries were reported.
WICU-TV Channel 12 Erie

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Crews Spend Hours Trying To Gain Control Of Massive Scrapyard Fire On Neville Island

VIDEO: Crews spent several hours trying to gain control of a massive scrapyard fire on Neville Island. Around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, people inside a business across the street told KDKA that they heard some loud pops coming from the Metalico Scrapyard on Grand Avenue. The witnesses said they went outside and saw a large scrap pile on fire, sending smoke soaring. Firefighters from several departments conducted a large tanker operation to haul in loads of water, dousing the heaping pile of flaming scrap metal from all directions. Crews also had to tear the stack apart piece by piece with heavy equipment to attack the flames.
KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pittsburgh

76-year-old man killed in accidental house fire in Clarion County

One man was killed in an accidental house fire in Clarion County. State Police say fire crews were called out around 5:30 early Sunday morning to a home along Buckhorn Road in Elk Township, Clarion County (near Shippenville). One of the residents, a 76-year-old man, was found dead inside the home. Police have not released his identity. There were no other injuries. The fire was determined to be accidental in nature, caused by an electrical malfunction. Police are continuing to investigate.
Connect FM 96.7/107.9 DuBois

Hamburg Fire Company addition blends nostalgia with state-of-the-art facilities

At Hamburg Fire Company, the old is new and the new is old. Two years ago, the fire company embarked on a firehouse renovation and expansion project that included demolition of two adjacent buildings on Fourth Street, including the original firehouse that dates to 1832. Following a ceremonial sledgehammering in April 2019, work commenced on the $1.3 million project, which was divided into three phases. The first phase was the demolition of the two buildings to clear the lot. The second was construction of a state-of-the-art addition to the “new” three-bay engine house, which is now referred to as the old section. Last March, after vehicles were backed into two sparkling new bays, the antique horse-drawn steam pumper, the proudest possession of one of the oldest fire companies in the nation, was displayed in a room of its own where it can be viewed through a window from the sidewalk.
Berks-Mont Newspapers

Pottsville fire closes Route 61; Crews from Schuylkill, Berks counties respond

A commercial building fire closed the primary route through Pottsville for a few hours Wednesday morning, as firefighters from Schuylkill and Berks counties rushed to the scene. The fire was reported around 6:30 a.m. inside a building in the 400 block of North Claude A. Lord Boulevard, which becomes Route 61 in Pottsville, according to emergency dispatchers. Multiple fire companies from Schuylkill and Berks counties responded, and Route 61 was closed while crews worked to bring the fire under control. They succeeded around 8:30 a.m., but firefighters remained on the scene for the overhaul and investigation. The southbound lanes and one northbound lane of Route 61 reopened around 10 a.m. The building has multiple businesses, but it wasn't immediately clear exactly where the fire started or how much damage it caused.
WFMZ-TV Channel 69 Allentown

Shohola Fire & Rescue adds ladder truck

After a few months of training and assembling equipment, Shohola Fire & Rescue (Station 41) placed their 41-1 ladder truck into service on April 6. Chief Jeffrey DeGroat said that this is their first ladder truck. The apparatus is a 2009 Rosenbauer/Spartan Gladiator Evolution, carrying 400 gallons of water and a 75 foot, rear mounted ladder. It has a 1500 gem pump and a CAFS foam system. The Chief said that the truck, which cost $225,000, is being paid for with fundraising. Members took an aerial operators course to be able to use the ladder truck. Members also will be taking a truck operations class and a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) class. The volunteer fire department’s fleet also consists of a 2006 Pierce Arrow XT rescue truck; a 2014 Spartan/Ford F-550 engine; 2015 Chevrolet 3500 4x4 support vehicle; a 2005 Pierce tanker; a 2020 Kawaski UTV, Mule 4x4; a 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe 4x4 Car 1 QRU and a 2012 Ford Expedition 4x4 Car 2 QRU. The UTV is used for environmental rescues, searches and brush fires.
Tri-County Independent

Six Companies’ Firefighters Respond To Pottstown Fire

A house fire (at top) discovered Tuesday (April 13, 2021) shortly after 11 a.m. in the 1000 block of South Street appeared to make its way with few if any visible exterior flames from a first-floor roof into rooms on the second floor facing the street. Firefighters from several companies responded to Montgomery County emergency dispatcher calls for assistance. Dispatchers reported workers were atop the roof at 1071 South St. when they saw smoke emanating from it but no flames. They attempted to contain the fire but could not, and called for help while evacuating the site. Arriving at the scene was apparatus from Pottstown, Sanatoga, Limerick, West End Stowe, New Hanover, and Upper Providence, as well as Pottstown police, Goodwill ambulance, and fire police units.
The Sanatoga Post

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