Laptop battery blamed for garage fire near Fort Pitt Tunnel | Reading Eagle – AP

February 22, 2018 wpanews 0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities are blaming a laptop battery for causing a fire that forced the shutdown of the westbound lanes of Pittsburgh’s Fort Pitt Tunnel. Pennsylvania’s Transportation Department says the fire broke out in a PennDOT maintenance garage near the tunnel on the Parkway West around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday. The westbound lanes were closed for about two hours. Source: Laptop battery blamed for garage fire near Fort Pitt Tunnel […] READ MORE

Couple rescued from burning Neville Island home | WPXI

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First responders rescued a couple from their burning home on Neville Island early Monday morning. “We immediately did an attack on exterior in the back, knocked down a little bit and we got inside and started on the inside,” said Neville Island Fire Chief Michael Thomas. Neighbors tell Channel 11 smoke surrounded the home, and then they began hearing explosions and the home went up in flames. Bichri Lee lives next […] READ MORE

Intense Fire Destroys South Side Warehouse

February 20, 2018 wpanews 0

A warehouse on the South Side was destroyed after a fire broke out Sunday night. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it appears that the flames and water destroyed the stoves, refrigerators and other items inside The Appliance Warehouse. Crews set up white sawhorses to block off the road. Fallen bricks and glass now line the sidewalk and street below. Fire Chief Darryl Jones said the […] READ MORE

Fire crews respond to smoke at North Hills Middle School | WPXI

February 20, 2018 wpanews 0

Fire crews responded to smoke at North Hills Middle School in Ross Township on Monday around 10:40 p.m. The smoke started in the home economics room, according to Lauren Gardens VFD Chief Ray Hilldenbrand. Hillenbrand believes either a cooktop was left on or there was an electrical short.   Source: Fire crews respond to smoke at North Hills Middle School | WPXI

Fire breaks out in building along Indiana’s main street – Indiana Gazette

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  Fire destroyed the building housing Sun City Tanning and a student rental apartment upstairs early this morning at 952 Philadelphia St. in Indiana. It was unclear whether anyone was living in the apartments. The fire in the attic of the structure produced heavy smoke before flames burst through the roof after firefighters cut holes in the roof to ventilate. Source: Fire breaks out in building along Indiana’s main street

96-year-old woman identified as victim in Leechburg house fire | WPXI

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A 96-year-old woman was killed in a house fire in Armstrong County on Wednesday. The Armstrong County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as Pearl Sendry, 96, of Leechburg. Firefighters said they had a tough time getting the fire out because there was so much stuff inside the home. Officials said Sendry was found on her couch on the first floor. Source: 96-year-old woman identified as victim in Leechburg house fire | […] READ MORE

Man burned in New Kensington fire, jumps from roof to escape | TribLIVE

February 5, 2018 wpanews 0

  The fire was reported in the 1200 block of Victoria Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. Westmoreland County 911 supervisors said one person had been in the house, but jumped from the roof to escape. Tribune-Review news partner WPXI-TV said the man who jumped suffered burns and was transported to a hospital. Source: Man burned in New Kensington fire, jumps from roof to escape | TribLIVE

Apartment fire displaces south side residents

February 5, 2018 wpanews 2

  INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – A two-alarm apartment fire at the Stone Lake Lodge complex on Hanna Avenue damaged 12 units and left more than 20 residents homeless Sunday night. Fire crews were called just after 6:00 p.m. and found flames out the roof of the building at 4051 El Lago Boulevard. After getting the fire under control, crews tried to account for which residents were home and check for injuries. […] READ MORE

Fire destroys restaurant in Westmoreland County | WPXI

February 4, 2018 wpanews 1

A fire destroyed a restaurant in Westmoreland County early Sunday morning, officials said. Source: Fire destroys restaurant in Westmoreland County | WPXI Gigi@wpxigigi This is all that is left of the Kiski Valley Inn in an early morning fire. This will affect the community. @WPXI_Lori #WPXI 10:31 AM – Feb 4, 2018  11 Reply  33 Retweets  22 likes

One dead after Brentwood house fire

February 3, 2018 wpanews 0

  A Brentwood man was found dead after a fire at his home Thursday afternoon, officials said. The fire started in the garage of a home on Hillman Street and spread to a second house. The medical examiner’s office identified the victim as Michael Festa, 56. An autopsy will determine the cause of death. The cause of the fire remained under investigation Friday. Source: One dead after Brentwood house fire

1 person dies in Clearfield County mobile home fire, officials say | WJAC

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  GULICH TOWNSHIP – One person died in a mobile home fire Thursday afternoon in Clearfield County, according to Houtzdale Fire Company officials. No one else was inside the mobile home on the 2500 block of Cambria Street in Gulich Township. Source: 1 person dies in Clearfield County mobile home fire, officials say | WJAC

Fire rips through Indiana area house

February 2, 2018 wpanews 0

Volunteers from four Indiana County fire departments this morning battled an intense fire that destroyed a vacant two-story house in White Township and showered neighboring homes with burning embers. Crews from Indiana, Clymer, Homer City and Cherryhill Township divided their duties between pouring water on the inferno in a house along Shady Drive and hosing down neighboring homes to keep them from catching fire. Indiana Fire Chief Paul Koons said […] READ MORE