Jackson Township crews battle blaze on Benshoff Hill Road | WJAC

A house fire on the 3000 block of Benshoff Hill Road in Jackson Township Monday morning is being investigated.

According to the Jackson Township fire chief, the cause is undetermined.

He says they were called to the scene around 5 a.m. Monday and the house was nearly gone by the time crews got there.

Source: Jackson Township crews battle blaze on Benshoff Hill Road | WJAC

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Explosion, fire injure 37 at Houston-area ExxonMobil refinery | Fox News

An explosion and fire at an ExxonMobil oil refinery outside of Houston Wednesday left 37 people injured with minor burns, plant officials said.

Exxon Mobil Baytown Area said a unit processing propane and propylene burst into flames late Wednesday morning at the Olefins plant, forcing the city to issue a shelter-in-place order, according to Fox 26. Black smoke from the fire could be seen for miles. The explosion happened shortly after 11 a.m. and was contained by the afternoon.

Source: Explosion, fire injure 37 at Houston-area ExxonMobil refinery | Fox News

‘Suspicious’ fire destroys 100+ year-old hotel in Westmoreland County

OKLAHOMA, Pa. —The fire that destroyed the historic Hotel Belvedere in Oklahoma Borough, Westmoreland County early Wednesday morning was deemed suspicious.The fire chief told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter Chris Lovingood that the fire has been deemed suspicious because no utilities were on at the hotel.

The fire broke out shortly after midnight on Orr Avenue. The building is more than 110 years old, and the fire chief said it has been empty for at least two years.

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Museum Fire in Arizona still out of control, already consumed more than 1,000 acres

wildfire in northern Arizona has charred more than 1,000 acres, as hundreds of firefighters vowed Tuesday to save homes and utility lines that could be in the blaze’s path.

The so-called Museum Fire, just north of Flagstaff in the Coconino National Forest, hasn’t been dented yet, despite the efforts of hundreds of firefighters from multiple local, state and federal agencies.

“We have close to 600 personnel on the fire right now as we speak, we have zero containment at this point,” the incident commander, Rich Nieto, told reporters Tuesday morning. “I expect as we go further with this, that’ll go up. For right now, that’s what we’re looking at.”

Source: Museum Fire in Arizona still out of control, already consumed more than 1,000 acres

Multiple homes catch fire in North Braddock

Three homes caught fire along Ridge Avenue in North Braddock on Thursday afternoon.

Officials said the blaze was a three-alarm fire. North Braddock fire Chief Anthony Rydzak said three firemen were treated for hand injuries on scene. No one was taken to a hospital.

The cause of the fire is unclear at this time and the Red Cross is at the scene assisting.

The homes are along the 1500 block of Ridge Avenue.

Source: Multiple homes catch fire in North Braddock

Neighbor says fireworks were going off inside Derry Township duplex during late-night fire

Cause of fire is under investigation

Firefighters worked for about three hours to get the fire under control.

“The house has fireworks in it,” said Derry Township Fire Chief Mark Piantine. “We haven’t found them yet, but the neighbor, who was the first one here, said the fireworks were going off when he came across the yard.”

The fire marshal is working to figure out what sparked the fire and what role, if any, those possible fireworks may have played.

Five people, including children, were able to escape safely.

Source: Neighbor says fireworks were going off inside Derry Township duplex during late-night fire

Massive explosion at refinery in Philadelphia: reports | Fox News

A massive fireball lit up the night sky in South Philadelphia early Friday in what was apparently an explosion at a local refinery. Early reports gave the location as 31st Street and Passyunk Avenue, not far from the city’s sports complex.

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Officials in Philadelphia confirmed that the early morning fire started at the 150-year-old Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex.

Shortly after 5 a.m. Friday, Philadelphia’s FOX 29 reported that the fire had been contained with no reports of injuries or evacuations.

Reports of the fire began spreading on social media shortly after 4 a.m. Friday.

Source: Massive explosion at refinery in Philadelphia: reports | Fox News

Police: Greensburg man set fire at his house, went to hotel | TribLIVE.com

A Greensburg man set a fire at his house Saturday evening and then went to stay at a nearby hotel, according to police.

Jeremiah Nathanial Morgan, 40, was arrested shortly after firefighters extinguished the flames at his Franklin Drive home. He was arraigned Sunday morning on arson and related charges.

Morgan was being held at the Westmoreland County Prison on $75,000 bail.

Source: Police: Greensburg man set fire at his house, went to hotel | TribLIVE.com

Crews battling 7-alarm fire at large warehouse in Etna, area evacuated

Engineers met with fire officials to inspect the building on Friday. They do not think the building has to be torn down. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office identified where the fire started but could not get to the area because of debris and the structural integrity of the building being unsafe.

The Etna Fire Chief Greg Porter said that when the building was renovated several years ago, it had to meet the international construction code in areas including occupancy, fire suppression and smoke alarms, but once they are in and it is occupied there is no requirement to have it checked every year.

Source: Crews battling 7-alarm fire at large warehouse in Etna, area evacuated