Several people escape house fire in Armstrong County

Fire broke out late Monday night

Several people escaped when fire broke out inside a home in North Apollo, Armstrong County.

The fire was reported around 11 p.m. Monday at a home on Wysocki Avenue

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2 adults, 2 children with gunshot wounds found dead at scene of SW Houston house fire, police say

 

HOUSTON – A man, woman and two children with gunshot wounds were found dead at the scene of a house fire Sunday, authorities said.

At approximately 8:10 a.m., fire crews with the Houston Fire Department were dispatched to a residence in the 7500 block of Imogene Street in response to reports of a house fire. Firefighters put the fire out shortly after arriving.

During a search of the home, firefighters found two adults and two children dead.

Investigators believe the deaths were the result of a domestic violence incident as there were no signs of forced entry into the home.

As of 11 a.m., police had not yet identified the victims.

The case remains under investigation by the Houston Police Department. The investigation is in its early stages.

Source: 2 adults, 2 children with gunshot wounds found dead at scene of SW Houston house fire, police say

Truck goes off road, catches fire on Pennsylvania Turnpike

A truck went off the road and caught fire on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Wednesday.

The accident happened eastbound between Exit 48 (Allegheny Valley) and Exit 57 (Pittsburgh).

The truck has the name “N2 Solutions” written on it. N2 Solutions is a nitrogen services company.

Turnpike officials say the accident is affecting the right lane and drivers should expect delays.

No additional details have been released.

Source: Truck goes off road, catches fire on Pennsylvania Turnpike

Fire damages home in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood

A family of six is getting help from the American Red Cross after flames ripped through their Carrick home late Saturday night.

Emergency crews were called the home in the 300 block of Carrick Avenue at 11:55 p.m.

County officials said no one was hurt in the fire.

The American Red Cross said they provided comfort kits and financial assistance to the two adults and four children who lived in the home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Source: Fire damages home in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood

GM recalling another 70,000 Bolt electric cars – CNN

(CNN Business)General Motors is recalling another 73,000 Bolt EV and EUV electric vehicles in the United States and Canada for a problem that could cause the vehicles to catch fire.

GM had earlier announced that the recall would cost $800 million, but that was before the recall was expanded to cover all remaining Bolt vehicles. The recall is now expected to cost an additional $1 billion.
The recall comes after GM had previously recalled about 70,000 Bolt vehicles for the same potential problem. The recall now covers Bolt EV and EUVs from 2017 to 2022.
The recalled Bolt vehicles can catch fire after being charged due to a manufacturing defect, the company said. Until the batteries in the recalled vehicles can be checked and replaced, if necessary, GM recommends the vehicles be set to charge to only 90%. Owners should also charge their vehicles more frequently and avoid allowing the battery to be depleted to less than about 70 miles of driving range. The vehicles should also be parked outdoors right after charging and should not be charged indoors.
GM now says it is pursuing reimbursements from Korean battery manufacturer LG, the company that made the batteries that, GM said, are the cause of the problem.
LG did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
GM had previously said that the problem with the Bolt batteries was caused by two rare battery manufacturing errors in model years 2017 to 2019 vehicles, and that more recent models did not undergo the same battery manufacturing process and so were not included in the recall. Now, though, GM is recalling 9,335 more model year 2019 Bolt EVs and another 63,683 model year 2020 through 2022 Bolt EV and Bolt EUV models. The Bolt EUV is a taller crossover SUV version of the Bolt EV.

Source: GM recalling another 70,000 Bolt electric cars – CNN

Thousands of holidaymakers and locals evacuated as ‘huge’ wildfire rages around St Tropez | Daily Mail Online

Thousands have been evacuated from their homes on the French Riviera after huge wildfires broke out in St Tropez, as firefighters battled to control the blaze.

BBC news presenter Geeta Guru-Murthy and her husband Philip Collins had to abandon their burning villa and their car as they escaped the raging fires bringing horror to holidaymakers.

As many as 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and holiday sites while others were locked down in a holiday centre for Air France employees.

Source: Thousands of holidaymakers and locals evacuated as ‘huge’ wildfire rages around St Tropez | Daily Mail Online

Well-known bakery in Latrobe badly damaged by fire

A well-known bakery in Latrobe was badly damaged when flames ripped through the building Thursday night.

The fire started at Dainty Pastry Shoppe on Depot Street around 9:45 p.m.

When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting out of the back of the building.

The bakery has been in Latrobe and run by the same family for 75 years.

Source: Well-known bakery in Latrobe badly damaged by fire

Westmoreland County woman accused of embezzling $340K from credit union, setting fire as cover up

A Westmoreland County woman has been indicted on charges that she embezzled $340,000 from Valley 1st Community Credit Union, where she worked as a branch manager, and later setting a fire in the credit union’s safe to try to cover up the theft.

Patty Lynn Mavrakis, 63, faces charges of embezzlement from a federal credit union, wire fraud and use of fire to commit a federal felony.

Prosecutors said Mavrakis embezzled the money in September 2016 and later set the fire, after which she allegedly claimed the fire destroyed the missing currency.

She also allegedly made an insurance claim on behalf of the credit union for the missing currency.

If convicted, Mavrakis could face a maximum total sentence of 60 years in prison, a fine of $1.5 million or both.

Source: Westmoreland County woman accused of embezzling $340K from credit union, setting fire as cover up

Police: Fire that damaged popular Swissvale hot dog shop intentionally set – WPXI

SWISSVALE — A popular hot dog shop in Swissvale was damaged by a fire early Sunday morning, which police believe was intentionally set.

Emergency crews responded to D’s Six Pax & Dogz in the 1100 block of Braddock Avenue around 2:30 a.m. for a reported dumpster fire. The fire spread to the building, damaging the back area of the restaurant.

The business in the Swissvale section of the Regent Square neighborhood that also includes parts of Edgewood and Pittsburgh, was not open at the time and no injuries were reported.

The location will remain closed on Monday while the business assesses the damage and how to move forward.

Police said they believe the fire was set intentionally and the investigation is ongoing.

No information about possible suspects was released.

Source: Police: Fire that damaged popular Swissvale hot dog shop intentionally set – WPXI

Man arrested, charged with arson after Indiana County house fire

ARMSTRONG TOWNSHIP, Pa. —Pennsylvania State Police said a Shelocta man has been arrested on arson charges following a house fire in Armstrong Township, Indiana County, on Monday morning

Police said Kevin P. Olechovski, 37, was arrested without incident outside his 240 Vista Lane home after troopers learned that he had intentionally set fire to the home following a verbal argument with a family member.

Firefighters said one person had to be rescued from the home but no injuries were reported.

Police said the home is believed to be a total loss.

The Red Cross is assisting two adults following the fire.

“We were able to provide comfort kits, blankets and resources for immediate needs,” the Red Cross said in a tweet.

Police said Olechovski was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Susanne Steffee at 3:15 p.m. and was remanded to the Indiana County Jail in lieu of $50,000 monetary bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 24.

Source: Man arrested, charged with arson after Indiana County house fire

Thousands Are Evacuated As Fires Rampage Through Forests In Greece : NPR

THRAKOMAKEDONES, Greece — Wildfires rampaged through some of Greece’s last remaining forests for yet another day Saturday, encroaching on more inhabited areas after burning scores of homes, businesses and farms during the country’s worst heat wave in three decades.

One of the massive fires advanced up the slopes of Mount Parnitha, a national park north of Athens and one of the last substantial forests near the Greek capital. The blaze sent choking smoke across the capital region, where authorities set up a hotline for residents with breathing problems. Throughout the day, fire crews struggled to contain constant flare-ups.

Thousands of residents and vacationers in areas where fires broke out days ago have fled by land and by sea as firefighters and volunteers battled through the night.

In apocalyptic scenes overnight and into Saturday morning, ferries evacuated 1,153 people from a seaside village and beaches on Evia, an island of rugged, forested mountains popular with holidaymakers and campers, after approaching flames cut off other means of escape. People clutched babies and helped elderly people traverse a pebble beach to the small ferries. Behind them, towering flames and smoke blanketed the forested hills.

Source: Thousands Are Evacuated As Fires Rampage Through Forests In Greece : NPR

Dixie Fire becomes largest single wildfire in California history – POLITICO

The Dixie Fire burning in two Northern California counties is now the largest single wildfire in recorded state history, exploding in size overnight as drought-stricken lands continue to fuel the flames.

The fire, which has burned for 23 days and forced mass evacuations, razed the Gold Rush town of Greenville on Thursday, destroying 91 buildings and damaging five others. Smoke from the blaze has blown to lower parts of Northern California, including the state capital of Sacramento where the air quality index on Friday reached “unhealthy” levels.

The troubling development reflects not just the dire effects of climate change and neglected forest management, but also that the electric grid remains prone to sparking wildfires. Pacific Gas & Electric disclosed last month that its equipment may have caused the catastrophic blaze.

The Dixie Fire is eerily similar to the 2018 Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive blaze in state history — and sparked by PG&E. The two fires started less than 10 miles apart from each other in the Feather River Canyon, a heavily wooded area with decrepit transmission lines.

The Camp Fire leveled the towns of Paradise and Concow, destroying nearly 19,000 structures and killing 85 people. The blaze pushed PG&E to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Last summer, the utility pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges for the disaster.

By Friday morning, the Dixie Fire had burned 432,813 acres and was just 35 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The blaze’s overnight growth gave it the grim distinction of becoming the largest standalone fire in state history, but it still ranks behind two multi-fire conflagrations.

The lightning-ignited 2020 August Complex burned over 1 million acres in seven counties, and the 2018 Mendocino Complex burned more than 459,000 acres in four counties. The latter was infamously caused by a man trying to plug a wasp’s nest with a hammer and stake.

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1 dead after tanker crashes, spilling fuel and causing large fire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – One person was killed and a large fire broke out following a fuel tanker crash on Sunday afternoon.

According to authorities, the driver of a large fuel tanker lost control of the vehicle, causing it to fall off of the ramp from I-595 westbound to the Turnpike southbound.

There has been no word from officials on whether any other vehicles were involved.

Authorities have also not provided any information on the identity of the person who died.

All eastbound lanes of I-595 in the area of Davie Blvd. were closed, as was the southbound entrance ramp from the Florida Turnpike to I-595, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Source: 1 dead after tanker crashes, spilling fuel and causing large fire

Wildfires in southern Turkey leave 3 dead, 58 hospitalized

 

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Thursday began investigating the cause of a string of forest fires in Turkey’s Mediterranean and southern Aegean regions, including two near the coastal resort town of Manavgat that killed three people and sent over 50 others to the hospital as homes burned down.

A wildfire that broke out Wednesday in Manavgat, in Antalya province, and was fanned by strong winds and scorching temperatures, was largely contained, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said. But another fire that started overnight and swept through the district of Akseki, 50 kilometers (30 miles) north, kept firefighters engaged.

Three people were killed in those fires, and authorities evacuated nearly 20 neighborhoods or villages.

The Antalya region is a popular vacation destination for tourists from Russia and other parts of Europe.

Fires also broke out Thursday in 16 other locations, including in the Icmeler region, close to the resort of Marmaris, 320 kilometers (200 miles) west of Antalya, that briefly threatened holiday homes and hotels. A hotel in the Aegean beach resort of Guvercinlik, near the town of Bodrum, was also evacuated, Pakdemirli said.

Source: Wildfires in southern Turkey leave 3 dead, 58 hospitalized

Boat fire reported at Pittsburgh marina

Dark smoke could be seen coming from Branchport Boat Club in the Chateau neighborhood early Tuesday afternoon.

Marina owner Wayne Jones told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter David Kaplan that two boats were totaled. One boat caught fire and sank.

Jones said no one was at the marina when the fire started and no injuries were reported.

Source: Boat fire reported at Pittsburgh marina

Fire burns through auto body shop in Westmoreland County

LOWER BURRELL, Pa. —An electrical issue may have been the cause of a fire that broke out in an auto body shop in Lower Burrell, Westmoreland County, on Sunday night.

The fire was reported at around 11:10 p.m. at Sharpe Auto Repair on Chester Drive, just off of Leechburg Road.

Firefighters said the fire started in a back room that had a refrigerator and a hot water tank inside.

The flames spread all the way up to the rafters.

No one was hurt.

Source: Fire burns through auto body shop in Westmoreland County

GM again recalls its US electric vehicles over fire threat – CNN

GM is once again recalling nearly 70,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles because of a risk that the battery will catch fire when the car is parked.

New York (CNN Business)GM is once again recalling nearly 70,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles because of a risk that the battery will catch fire when the car is parked.

The company does not have a fix for the problem that has been tied to at least nine fires nationwide since early 2020. The new fix will likely involve replacing battery modules or perhaps the entire battery pack, said GM spokesperson Dan Flores.
GM and federal safety regulators are providing steps that Bolt owners should take before their cars can be repaired. These include not parking it in a garage or next to another structure such as a home or other building due to the risk of a fire spreading. All the fires occurred when the cars were parked, and there were two reports of injuries.
While the number of cars is relatively small for a recall, GM’s action is significant given how pivotal the Bolt is to its efforts to shift from gasoline-powered cars and trucks to an all-electric future.
The Bolt is the only EV that GM currently sells in North America, though it has other EVs it sells elsewhere, including China. US sales of the Bolt have been climbing rapidly, rising 142% to 20,000 in the first six months of this year compared with the first half of 2020. The model year 2020 and 2021 Bolts have a newer type of battery than the ones that caught fire.
This latest fire risk is comes just as GM is trying to expand its EV business.
Over the next four years, GM plans to invest $35 billion to unveil 30 different electric vehicles, 20 of them slated for the US market alone. The company has said it expects to be selling 1 million EVs annually by 2025 and has set a goal of selling only emission-free vehicles by 2035.
The new versions of the Bolt, the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV debuted earlier this year. The GMC Hummer EV pickup is due to go on sale later this year, and the Cadillac Lyriq, the luxury brand’s first EV, is scheduled to hit dealerships late next year.
GM first announced a recall of the affected Bolts in November 2020 but, then as now, it said it did not know how to fix the problem. In May it announced a software repair but then there were two fires involving vehicles that got that software fix, prompting the latest recall.
Battery packs are the most expensive component of an electric vehicle, and replacing them could prove very costly. Hyundai recalled 82,000 electric cars globally earlier this year to replace their batteries after 15 reports of fires involving the vehicles, at a cost of about $11,000 per vehicle.

Source: GM again recalls its US electric vehicles over fire threat – CNN

Crews make progress on huge Oregon wildfire, homes threatened in California

The nation’s largest wildfire raged through southern Oregon on Friday, but crews were scaling back some night operations as hard work and weaker winds helped reduce the spread of flames even as wildfires continued to threaten homes in neighboring California.

In Montana, five firefighters remained hospitalized a day after a thunderstorm and swirling winds blew a lightning-caused wildfire back on them, federal officials said.

The five had joined other crews working on the 1,300-acre Devil’s Creek fire burning in rough, steep terrain near the rural town of Jordan. The firefighters were building a defensive line Thursday when the weather shifted, Bureau of Land Management spokesperson Mark Jacobsen said.

Jacobsen declined to release the extent of the firefighters’ injuries but said they were still being evaluated and treated Friday. The firefighters included three U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crew members from North Dakota and two USDA Forest Service firefighters from New Mexico.

The blaze is among a number burning across the U.S. West, where extremely dry conditions and recent heat waves tied to climate change have made wildfires harder to fight.

In Oregon, the Bootleg Fire has destroyed an area half the size of Rhode Island. It was 40% surrounded after burning some 70 homes, mainly cabins, fire officials said. At least 2,000 homes were ordered evacuated at some point during the fire, and an additional 5,000 were threatened.

The upper eastern edge of the fire continued to move toward Summer Lake, jumping fire lines Thursday and prompting an evacuation order for some portions of Lake County to be raised to “Go now!” fire officials said.

Winds up to 10 mph (16 kph) could drive the flames through timber but not at the pace seen last week, when the wind-driven blaze grew exponentially, fire information officer Angela Goldman said.

The fire, which was ignited by lightning, had been expanding by up to 4 miles (6 kilometers) a day, pushed by strong winds and critically dry weather.

Source: Crews make progress on huge Oregon wildfire, homes threatened in California

Fire breaks out inside auto body shop in Beaver County

Fire crews spent about two hours at the scene after a two-alarm fire broke out inside an auto body shop in Pulaski Township, Beaver County.

The fire was reported early Wednesday morning on the 3300 block of Sunflower Road.

The Beaver Falls Fire Department said crews quickly arrived on the scene and worked to extinguish the fire.

There were no reports of any injuries.

 

Source: Fire breaks out inside auto body shop in Beaver County

Firefighter injured at scene of fire in Vandergrift

A firefighter was taken to the hospital with a leg injury after a fire that damaged at least two buildings in Vandergrift, Westmoreland County.

The fire was reported around 11:50 p.m. Monday on Longfellow Street.

One of the structures was vacant but another was a home with two adults inside.

Those people were not hurt.

The fire caused the roofs of two buildings to partially collapse.

Crews on the scene said it was too early to tell what caused the fire.

Source: Firefighter injured at scene of fire in Vandergrift

Auto body shop catches fire after powerline falls in McKeesport

MCKEESPORT, Pa. —An auto body shop caught fire after a powerline fell on it in McKeesport Friday.

Flames and smoke billowed from the McKeesport Auto Body on Rebecca Avenue.

“Half the building, you can see the flames behind the smoke. It’s noticeably above the building, so it had to be something serious,” said witness Justin Bowers.

At least one person was sent to the hospital for a medical emergency.

Fire crews from across the Mon Valley assisted McKeesport. There were several water tanks at the scene.

The McKeesport emergency management coordinator said initially there was no water pressure and high tension wires fell on the building.

Source: Auto body shop catches fire after powerline falls in McKeesport

17 women escape Somerset County house fire

SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)– Crews responded to a house fire in Somerset County at a rental property that 17 women were able to safely escape.

The fire happened at a rental property at 145 Robert Brown Road, Confluence, Pa. in Somerset County, Sunday, July 11.

There were 17 women inside sleeping when the fire happened. One girl woke up to the smell of smoke and got all the other women out safe.

Source: 17 women escape Somerset County house fire

At least 52 killed in Bangladesh factory fire as workers trapped inside by an illegally locked door – CBS News

A fire engulfed a food and beverage factory outside Bangladesh’s capital, killing at least 52 people, many of whom were trapped inside by an illegally locked door, fire officials said Friday.

The blaze began Thursday night at the five-story Hashem Foods Ltd. factory, in Rupganj, just outside Dhaka, sending huge clouds of black smoke billowing into the sky. Police initially gave a toll of three dead, but then discovered piles of bodies on Friday afternoon after the fire was extinguished.

Source: At least 52 killed in Bangladesh factory fire as workers trapped inside by an illegally locked door – CBS News

Woman killed in Etna fire

The woman who died was found in a second-floor bedroom.

Her identity has not been released.

Her adult-aged son made it out of the home and was then taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation.

A person in a neighboring duplex that the fire extended to was able to make it out safely.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

Source: Woman killed in Etna fire

Juvenile Charged In Connection With 4 ‘Suspicious’ Fires In Kittanning – CBS Pittsburgh

KITTANNING (KDKA) — A juvenile is facing charges in connection with four fires Kittanning police and fire crews called suspicious.

Police say thanks to tips, they were able to charge a juvenile male in the fires. Police say they believe he acted alone.

READ MORE:Man Taken Into Custody After Pittsburgh SWAT Situation

Around 6:45 Monday morning, Kittanning’s Assistant Fire Chief Mike Schwartz said a neighbor started pounding on his door to alert him to one of the fires.

“When I come out the back door, and come down the alley, I confirmed the fire and nobody had been dispatched yet so I called 911,” he said while investigating.

Fire crews believe the four fires were not an accident.

“I think somebody had walked through. Probably had some intention and made a round,” Assistant Chief Schwartz said.

Police said garbage and debris were set on fire at two homes on Woodward Avenue and Hawthorne Avenue.

READ MORE:Teen Killed, 11 Hurt In Ohio Fourth Of July Block Party Gunfire

Source: Juvenile Charged In Connection With 4 ‘Suspicious’ Fires In Kittanning – CBS Pittsburgh

Exact cause of fire at Unity business still under investigation, but ‘not suspicious’, fire chief says

The fire at Specialty Seal Group at 1001 Lloyd Ave., off of Route 981 and near Saint Vincent College, was reported around 4:40 a.m. and was quickly doused, according to Lloydsville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brian Schultheis.

Westmoreland County dispatchers reported the fire was out just after 5 a.m.

Although an exact cause is still under investigation, Schultheis said it was not suspicious.

“We believe it was electrical. The company is investigating the cause,” he said.

A fire was confirmed on the second floor of the building.

A damage estimate was not available.

Source: Exact cause of fire at Unity business still under investigation, but ‘not suspicious’, fire chief says

Flames burn out home in Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington neighborhood – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — A fire burned out a home in Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington neighborhood early Thursday morning.

The fire was reported shortly after 4 a.m. on Wyoming Street.

Flames charred the first and second floors of the home and caused siding to melt. Windows were also broken out.

No one was hurt.

Source: Flames burn out home in Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington neighborhood – WPXI

Hundreds of firefighters battle massive flames in Phoenix – YouTube

June 6, 2021

Hundreds of firefighters are working to make sure a massive fire doesn’t spread to more businesses near downtown Phoenix.

Phoenix fire officials say a sixth alarm fire at a recycling yard near 35th Avenue and Buckeye prompted the largest response in the department’s history on June 5.

“I can’t remember the last time we had a sixth alarm,” said Phoenix Fire Captain Todd Keller. “We’ve had a couple two, three alarms in the last couple of months, but this is a big one.”

 

The fire was originally a first alarm early Saturday afternoon, but it quickly escalated. According to Phoenix Fire officials, the fire started at around 12:30 p.m.

By the time firefighters arrived, Officials say they found multiple pallets of cardboard and paper on fire.

 

“Went out to get the mail and we just pretty much saw, like, a cloud of smoke,” said Cindy Ramirez.

“I could see it from miles away out my window, and I’m like ‘I better go check that out,’” said Jason Feder.

Residents say that the smoke can be seen from as far as Mesa and Ahwatukee. Meanwhile, fire officials say 150 residential and commercial customers were without power for about 10 hours. The smoke plume from the fire was so large, it even showed up on National Weather Service radar.

At one point, fire officials say the fire jumped 35th Avenue, causing multiple cars at a small junk yard to catch fire.

Phoenix Fire officials say 35th Avenue will be closed until further notice from Buckeye to Van Buren. Officials also say over 200 firefighters and 10 different agencies were involved in firefighting efforts. One of the firefighters suffered a leg injury, and is now in the hospital in stable condition.

Besides the massive blaze, firefighters also had to deal with 108°F temperatures.

“We have to layer our resources. we keep upgrading assignments so we can recycle our crews. Our firefighters train for situations like this. This is not their first time in the summer,” said Cpt. Keller.

Fire officials say multiple businesses adjacent to the recycling yard were lost, including a recycling center, a lumbar company, and a tire shop.

By 7:12 p.m. on Saturday, Phoenix Fire officials say crews will remain on scene throughout the night to extinguish remaining hotspots.

Source: https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/massive-recycling-yard-fire-in-west-phoenix-prompts-largest-response-in-fire-departments-history