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Friday, August 23, 2019

Longtime North Sewickley Township employee, firefighter dies in work accident

It was a call he had answered hundreds of times over the last three decades, helping others in the community. And that is how he will be remembered, community members said Thursday. North Sewickley Township Assistant Road Foreman Randy Syphrit was clearing damaged tree branches on Collins Road, brought down Tuesday night in the latest round of storms to strike the community this summer, when he was struck hard by another tree limb, resulting in devastating injuries, officials said. The 52-year-old lifelong township resident was taken to an area hospital for treatment, but succumbed to his injuries Wednesday. His unexpected death sent shockwaves through the community and devastated those who have known him through his work with the township and his role as an assistant chief for the local fire department.
Beaver County Times

18 Volunteer Firefighters Graduate From Bucks County Community College

Bucks County Community College recently recognized 18 volunteer firefighters who completed Fire Fighter I national certification training through the college-run Bucks County Public Safety Training Center. Bucks instructors led one daytime class this summer at the Lower Bucks Public Safety Training Center in Croydon. The firefighters, who hailed from departments in Bucks, Montgomery, and Northampton Counties, were honored at an August 14 ceremony at the college's Newtown campus. Brent Vosseller of the Hecktown Volunteer Fire Co., Lower Nazareth Township, Northampton County, was named outstanding student by instructor Robert Hershman. BCCC is the third-largest public-safety training provider in the U.S., according to the college.
Newtown Patch

Update: Man dies days after being rescued from Berks County fire

A 75-year-old Berks County man died Thursday, days after being rescued from a house fire. Firefighters rescued Richard Minford from a Sunday afternoon fire at his Washington Township home. Minford and his wife were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he died at 2:32 a.m. Thursday, according to the Lehigh County coroner’s office. The coroner’s office said the cause of death was “injuries and smoke inhalation” and ruled the death accidental. The fire initially was reported as a garage fire. The house was destroyed.
Allentown Morning Call

Fire destroys Mechanicsburg house, but neighbor successfully rescued

A house in Mechanicsburg is a total loss after an early morning fire Thursday that quickly led to the home’s collapse. Mechanicsburg Fire Chief Gary Neff said he arrived on-scene at 4:15 a.m. to a fully involved house fire in the 400 block of Glen Street, near Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School, as well as a fire at a neighboring home. The front of the house completely collapsed before firefighters even began to battle the blaze. To make matters even more complicated, a person had to be rescued from the neighboring home that had also caught fire. “It was a very good team effort from two police officers and two firefighters to locate that victim in the basement of the home,” Neff said. Fire crews successfully rescued the woman, and no firefighters or residents were injured as a result of the fire, he said.
Carlisle Sentinel

Crews battle three-alarm blaze at Yorktown Mall in York City

VIDEO: Crews are at the scene of a three-alarm fire that broke out early Friday morning at a shopping center on North Duke Street in York City. The fire at the Yorktown Mall in the 100 block of North Duke Street was reported around 4:50 a.m. Aug. 23, according to York County’s Department of Emergency Services. One person was injured, according to a 911 Center supervisor. The shopping center houses a CTown Supermarket, a Family Dollar store, a state Wine and Spirits store and Pandaria Bakery among other businesses. The fire reportedly began in the bakery. By 9 a.m., all of the shopping center stores visible from the outside had been marked condemned and unsafe.
York Dispatch

Man burned in apparent meth-making incident in Stroudsburg, police said

A man is in critical condition after sustaining burns in a meth-related incident in Stroudsburg, police said. The man claimed he was burned by someone throwing acid on him in an alley, but it now appears that was not the case, Stroud Area Regional police said in a news release Thursday. Officers found a man with severe burns in an alley between North Sixth and Seventh streets around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, police said. He told police an unknown person dumped acid on him, but police said in an updated news release it appears the incident happened in a home on North Sixth Street. Responding officers learned there may have been a fire in the back of the house. When firefighters went inside, they reported a strong odor of butane and found burns on the floor near the back door, police said.
WFMZ-TV Channel 69

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Firefighters treated for heat exhaustion, families displaced, restaurant closed after fire in Lebanon County

Officials on scene called it the worst fire they’ve seen in 10 years. At least 10 people are displaced after flames scorched a building in Lebanon County. Those families are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross. The fire sparked around 8:30 a.m. on August 21 at Corvette Grille in the 200 block of West Main Street in Annville Township. "A lot of pride, all up in smoke," said Carl Martz, who lives across the street from the restaurant. "It's a busy place, you know, they sell a lot of food. They just remodeled the whole place, did a lot of work in there.” Some neighbors even went as far as to call the restaurant a 'local legend'. After sparking in the restaurant, flames quickly spread; the smoke damaged two apartment buildings next-door.
WPMT-TV Fox 43

Plymouth fire house getting "Jaws of Life" thanks to 10-year-old boy

He did it. The 10-year-old boy with autism who sold lemonade for weeks to buy the “Jaws of Life” tool for his neighborhood firehouse will be presented with the device on Thursday night, the station’s fire chief announced on Facebook. Brian Lyons, who holds the ceremonial title of “junior fire chief” in the borough, raised more than $7,500 to buy the vehicle extraction tool. While he’s a bit short of his $9,500 goal, the owner of Genesis Rescue Systems wanted to give the “Jaws of Life” to the fire station in Brian’s honor immediately while the remaining funds are being raised, according to Fire Chief Brian Oppelt of the Elm Hill Hose Co. No. 3. A representative with Genesis will deliver the device to the firehouse at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice

State Fire Marshal Investigates Ford City VFW Fire

Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Trooper Duwayne Baird conducted an investigation yesterday following a fire at the Ford City VFW Post 4843 that caused damage to the bar area. An automated fire alarm sounded at 3:45 AM Tuesday from the Post home at 2125 Bailey Avenue in Pattonville. When firefighters arrived, smoke was coming out of the building. The fire was contained to the bar area. Except for smoke damage, the banquet hall and upstairs apartment were not affected. Baird spoke with the Kittanning Paper as he concluded his investigation. “It appears like it starts in the center of the bar area behind the bar. I can’t rule out an electrical fire at this point,” he said. Baird pulled surveillance video to examine the room just before the fire started to determine if anyone was in the building at that time.
The Kittanning Paper

Update: Arrest made following fire at Bucks County apartment complex

An arrest has been made following a fire at a Bucks County apartment complex on Tuesday morning. Officials confirmed the arrest on Wednesday morning of 33-year-old Frank Milles of Feasterville. Investigators say Milles is accused of intentionally starting the fire and is charged with arson. The fire broke out around 7:45 a.m. at the Croftwood Apartments in the buildings located in the 400 block of East Street Road in Feasterville. Chopper 6 was overhead as firefighters were on the roof looking for hot spots. Officials said the fire was a one-alarm fire but it proved difficult to put out. There are no reports of injuries at this time. The incident remains under investigation.

Bedford vandals open 4 fire hydrants; police say 150,000 gallons of water was wasted

Vandals opened four fire hydrants in the Bedford area early Monday morning wasting about 150,000 gallons of borough water, Bedford Police Chief Craig Bowman said. About 4 a.m. Monday, there were three opened hydrants in the borough and one opened hydrant in Bedford Township, Bowman said. Bowman is investigating. If suspects are found, Bowman said he would consult the district attorney on charges. “For now, I’m investigating this as basically a theft, depriving the borough of water and obstructing governmental function because it’s possible if firefighters would have needed to pull water out of a hydrant, it could have caused an issue for the fire department.” The hydrants affected in the borough were located at Bedford and Watson streets Bedford and Simpson streets, and Simpson and South Richard streets.
Altoona Mirror

Damascus Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps marks 50 years

The Damascus Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps celebrates 50 years of service to northeastern Wayne County this year. Members of the public are invited to celebrate with the hard working volunteers at their annual Chicken BBQ take out dinner on Saturday, August 24, from 1-4 p.m.. Those interested can pick up some tasty chicken at the ambulance building (1290 Cochecton Turnpike, Tyler Hill, PA). Commemorative 50th Anniversary tee-shirts will also be available for sale. “It’s quite an accomplishment,” said Treasurer Steve Adams of the corps’ turning 50. “Time goes by really fast.” The same year music rocked Bethel, New York for three days straight, the same year two Americans touched down on the lunar surface, a group of community-minded individuals gathered in Damascus to help those in need reach medical services.
Honesdale Wayne Independent

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