Pennsylvania News

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Two dead after Lancaster County house fire

Two people died in an early morning house fire in Lancaster County on Monday, according to Pennsylvania State Police. The Robert Fulton Fire Department responded to reports of a fire at the Fulton Township home on the 100 block of Little Britain Church Road at 3:35 a.m., according to State Police. When crews arrived, they put out the fire that was on the first floor of the house. After the fire was extinguished, the PSP Fire Marshal's Unit arrived on scene and found the two people dead inside the home. The victims' identities have not yet been released, and PSP is working to determine what caused the incident. However, officials say they do not believe the fire was "suspicious in nature."

Homeowner, firefighter injured in Pottstown house fire

Firefighters spent part of the morning battling a fire at a home in Montgomery County that injured two people. It happened around 9:15 a.m. in the unit block of E. 5th street in Pottstown. First responders say flames were showing from the home when they arrived at the scene. Pottstown Fire Chief, Frank Hand, says two people were injured in the fire. Both of the people, the homeowner and a firefighter, suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene. The fire appears to be accidental and started in the living room of the home. Officials say the home did not have working smoke detectors but that the homeowner smelled the smoke.
WFMZ-TV 69 Allentown

Crews battle third fire at a book printing plant in Dallas Township

Fire crews are battling the third fire in a week at the Offset Paperback Manufacturers plant in Dallas Township Friday evening. Firefighters responded to a heavy fire that was reported in the bailer room at the business along the Memorial Highway at 6:20 p.m. Firefighters say a dust flashover fire sparked around 8:30 p.m. and all firefighters were ordered out of the building for a headcount. Crews say more ladder trucks arrived on the scene aiding to cut holes in the walls and managed to extinguish flames in the ductwork. According to crews on the scene, this is the third fire this week at the book printing plant, this is the same area where a smaller fire occurred Wednesday night. “I drive here and I see it’s up in flames and like it’s crazy you know and I just started working here like I don’t know it’s risky,” stated Matt Wrubel, an employee at Offset Paperback Manufacturers.
WBRE-TV NBC 28 Wilkes-Barre

Residents honor those who lost their lives in 1908 fire at Rhoads Opera House in Boyertown

VIDEO: 114 years ago, Pennsylvania experienced one of its worst tragedies. "Every fire will change the lives of the people, who they are related to, people that knew them," said Luann Zambanini with the Boyertown Area Historical Society. On Sunday, the Boyertown Area Historical Society commemorated a fatal fire that happened at the Rhoads Opera House in 1908. That fire left 170 play-goers dead. The play was about the Scottish Reformation and would be watched by 340 playgoers that cold January night. Audience members started hearing a hissing noise, and that's when things took a turn. While investigating the sound, someone backstage pulled the curtain back and hit a kerosene foot lamp, which set the curtain on fire. That's when the deadly explosion erupted.
WFMZ-TV 69 Allentown

Fire, explosions reported at Hussey Copper in Leetsdale

Crews were called to Hussey Copper in Leetsdale early Sunday morning for reports of a fire that has been causing multiple explosions. According to Leetsdale Fire Department, the call came in at 9:21 a.m. and Leetsdale, Sewickley, Fair Oaks, Big Sewickley Creek, Ohio Township, Harmony Township, Aleppo Township, Ambridge and Economy Township responded. Crescent Township and Rochester Township volunteer fire departments were later asked to aid. Leetsdale Fire Chief Ernest Logan reported multiple explosions ongoing and heavy smoke coming from the building. Crews began knocking down fires on the outside, including a forklift. More explosions came due to copper leaking out of the hopper and onto the ground. According to Leetsdale Fire Department, Chief Logan removed the crews and warned them to be careful to not let water come in contact with the molten copper.
WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh

Philadelphia first responders distribute smoke detectors in effort to save lives

Nearly a dozen Philadelphia first responders walked the streets on Saturday night to save lives. Lisa Forrest is battalion chief for the Philadelphia Fire Department and president of the organization Club Valiants. She and others distributed smoke alarms and taught residents about fire safety. "A lot of times people think they can't have a fire, 'it's not going to happen to me,'" said Forrest. "So we're saying it can happen to you, and not only do you need to have smoke alarms that need to be working, but you also need to have that home escape plan so if you do have a fire, make sure you can get out." This comes on the heels of the devastating apartment fire in Fairmount that killed 12 people, including nine children. The tragedy motivated members of Club Valiants to hand out smoke alarms as part of a 12-day fire safety campaign in honor of the 12 victims.
WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia

Friday, January 14, 2022

Collision started chain of events in Philadelphia fire, police say

VIDEO: Police have released new details into a chain of events that resulted in a fire in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia. According to Philadelphia police, a driver was involved in a collision around 5:40 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of North 22nd Street and West Sedgley Avenue. The impact of the collision sent the driver's white sedan into a utility pole. Authorities said the pole then crashed into a vacant portion of a building, which is above the Out Kast Auto Club. The building caught fire and officials said it knocked out power to more than 150 people. Fire officials originally told Action News the driver hit the pole and left the scene before crews arrived. However, on Thursday, police released updated information saying the driver spoke to responding officers at the fire scene.
WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia

12 cats killed in fire at animal rescue, home in Westmoreland County

Twelve cats died in a fire early Friday morning at an animal rescue and home in Rostraver Township, the woman who lives there told Channel 11 News. It was shortly before 4 a.m. when firefighters were called to blaze along Route 51, near Vernon Drive. Smoke could be seen when Channel 11 News got to the scene, and part of the structure was completely charred. The woman who lives there was able to get out safely, but 12 cats that were in the front portion of the home were killed. There were other animals that survived, and some of them got loose. The nonprofit animal rescue is called Angels Journey Home. The American Red Cross is providing assistance.
WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh

President Talks With Philadelphia Fire Union President Following Deadly Fairmount Fire

The head of Philadelphia’s fire union talked with President Joe Biden about last week’s tragic fire in Fairmount. The blaze left 12 people dead, including nine children. Fire Union President Mike Bresnan says he told Biden about his members’ response. He also told Biden about the city’s plans to get federal funding. The money would help reopen fire companies that had to close back in 2009. Bresnan says one of the companies would have been the first to respond to the Fairmount fire. He adds he is in touch with firefighters who were on scene and is making sure they have the resources and support they need.
KYW-TV CBS 3 Philadelphia

Fire service organizations across the state looking to pass new requirements for safety

Pennsylvania Fire Service Organizations across the state are looking to pass new requirements for fire safety. FOX56’s Claudia Murtha Spoke to Wilkes-Barre City Fire Chief Jay Delaney to find out more. Fire officials for the city of Wilkes-Barre respond to calls everyday, but you would be surprised at how many could have ended differently if the smoke alarms were working. Smoke Detectors Save lives. A phrase that has been showcased on the Wilkes-Barre fire department headquarters for the last 20 years. “Having a smoke detector and having a working smoke detector are two different things," Delaney said. Having working smoke detectors in a home gives occupants a 50% higher chance of survival if a fire breaks out.
WOLF-TV FOX 56 Hazelton

Erie County: West Ridge Fire Department Looking For New Junior Recruits

The West Ridge Fire Department will supply all needed safety equipment and provide training at no cost. When the Junior Firefighter turns 18, that individual would be able to apply to the Department as a probationary member. Prospective applicants must be 14-17 years old and be willing to learn the learn the skills to perform necessary tasks. Those responsibilities include, firefighting, emergency medical, and rescue. Interested applicants and their parents, can contact Junior Firefighter advisor, Rich Pietron.

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