BELLE VERNON, Pa. — A fire destroyed a home in Belle Vernon Thursday.
The fire was reported shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Rostraver Road, according to emergency dispatchers.
No injuries have been reported, dispatchers said.
The residential fire was reported around 4 a.m. on the 200 block of Robinson Street.
When firefighters arrived, they found the roof on fire and downed power lines on the roof, according to Chris Togneri, public safety spokesman.
Togneri said the blaze went to two alarms about an hour after it was reported, but crews were able to put it out after Duquesne Light shut off power to the lines.
The Fire Investigation Unit, which made up of police detectives and fire investigators, will determine the cause of the fire.
Firefighters were called Sunday afternoon to a blaze at an abandoned building in Jeannette, according to a Westmoreland 911 dispatcher.
The fire was reported at 4:28 p.m. on the second floor of a home along South 12th Street. No injuries were reported.
A pair of massive bushfires in southeastern Australia has merged into a “megafire” engulfing some 2,300 square miles — a single blaze more than three times as large as any known fire in California.
The merged fire, which straddles the country’s most populous states of New South Wales and Victoria, measures nearly 1.5 million acres, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. It is just one of some 135 bushfires in Australia’s southeast that have claimed the lives of at least 26 people, killed more than a billion animals and damaged or destroyed nearly 3,000 homes.
Police in Australia have arrested and charged two dozen people they say deliberately lit blazes during the wildfire season that has so far killed at least 18 people, destroyed thousands of homes and ravaged over 10 million acres of land.
New South Wales police said that since the beginning of November, 24 people have been charged over allegedly deliberately lighting fires as officers continue to investigate the role that arson has played in the devastation. Starting a wildfire can result in a jail sentence of up to 21 years.
“Investigations into the cause, origin and overall impact of fires are continuing and since the latest State of Emergency was declared…Strike Force Tronto has provided expertise to six police area commands and eight police districts,” NSW police said in a statement.
Officials confirmed the fire is happening in the 400 block of Freeport Road.
According to officials, the fire started when a vehicle hit another vehicle, and then hit a gas line that ignited the fire.
Video from the scene showed firefighters working to put out flames.
One house was destroyed by the fire. At least one vehicle was also destroyed.
Three homes in total were impacted by the fire.
Everyone inside the homes got out safely.
ALL Westbound lanes are now OPEN and the detour has been lifted at Somerset Exit #110. Emergency units continue to operate in the area of the New Stanton Exit #75. Stay alert for units on the shoulder. https://t.co/3xCbVPACi4
— PA Turnpike Alerts (@PATurnpikeAlert) December 24, 2019
The accident happened on the westbound part of I-76 between New Stanton (Exit 75) and Irwin (Exit 67).
SKY 4 OVER TURNPIKE CRASH: This is a view @SamDHallJr had in Sky4 today. @Firechief26 says the tractor trailer that caught fire was carrying car batteries. @Elena_WTAE says the area closed has started to see a slow flow of traffic move through. pic.twitter.com/o6vCQV54Ra
— Chris Lovingood WTAE (@CLovingoodWTAE) December 24, 2019
A large portion of Australia is on fire after weeks of extreme heat, strong winds and drought that have created ideal conditions for hundreds of bushfires to thrive across the country. Several fires have been burning since November, particularly in the eastern state of New South Wales.
The fires threaten many of Australia’s largest population centers, including Sydney, a city of more than 5 million, which has been cloaked in smoke. Blazes have destroyed hundreds of homes and almost 3 million acres of bushland, threatening the habitat of countless wildlife, including already endangered koalas. One fire in the state of Victoria has reportedly become large enough to generate its own weather.
The fires come after years of drought in parts of the country and record-breaking heat. Earlier this week, Australia had its hottest day on record — only to break that record the following day. And fire season has just begun, leaving many bracing for worse.
A Hempfield man suffered minor burns to his hands while attempting to remove equipment from his burning garage Saturday morning, firefighters said.
The block building, which contained woodworking equipment, was a total loss, according to Midway-St. Clair Fire Chief Rich Kepple.
A township fire investigator will look into the cause of the blaze that was reported at about 7:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Fry Hollow Road.
The owner was treated at the scene by an ambulance crew.
Firefighters were able to limit damage to the roof of a second, larger garage containing a tractor that was separated from the destroyed building by a walkway, Kepple said.
A fire in a three-story Las Vegas apartment building killed six people and injured 13 others, The Associated Press reported Saturday.
Fire department spokesman Tim Szymanski said that it was “the worst fire fatality that we’ve had in the city of Las Vegas since the inception of the fire department.”
Szymanski said that the fire was accidentally caused by a first-floor unit’s stove. Residents told investigators that some residents used their stoves for warmth because the building lacked heat.Most of the injuries were from smoke inhalation, though Szymanski said one victim had broken legs and a possible broken back after falling or jumping from an upper-floor window to escape the heavy smoke.
The fire was largely contained to that one unit, although smoke did reach the rest of the building, according to Szymanski.
Because of the smoke damage, Szymanski said the building is uninhabitable. Around 30 people have been displaced as a result.
The Southern Nevada Red Cross said it sent a team to provide assistance, the AP reported.
Indian authorities investigated the cause of a devastating fire Sunday that killed at least 43 people in a crowded grains market in central New Delhi while chaos unfolded outside a hospital where some of the victims were taken.
NEW DELHI — Indian authorities investigated the cause of a devastating fire Sunday that killed at least 43 people in a crowded grains market in central New Delhi while chaos unfolded outside a hospital where some of the victims were taken.
Firefighters fought the blaze from 100 meters (yards) away because it broke out in one of the area’s many alleyways, tangled in electrical wire and too narrow for vehicles to access, authorities at the scene said.
MCMURRAY (KDKA) — Multiple fire companies respond for hours Monday night in Peters Township.
The fire broke out in a home at the end of a secluded road where an elderly couple lived.
When firefighters arrived the wife was out of the home but her husband was not able to make it out.
Firefighters had to go in to rescue him. The first time they tried to reach him, the smoke was heavy and they had to wait for a pumper truck to arrive.
“And they had said that there was entrapment inside the house,” said Chief Michael McLaughlin, of the Peters Township Fire Department.
A neighbor called 911 shortly before 5:30 p.m. after seeing smoke coming from the home at the end of the street on Clara Lane.
Neighbors told fire crews that an elderly couple lived at the end of the cul-de-sac. The wife had made it out, but her husband was still inside.
“We stretched the line into the house and we were able to stretch the line and continue our search, they found a victim at that time, inside of the house,” Chief McLaughlin said.
No one was harmed by the fire. The fire happened at 46 Sygan Road at a two-story house.
FOLLANSBEE, W.Va. — Officials with Mountain State Carbon are still working to determine the cause of a fire at its Follansbee plant over the weekend that damaged equipment and parts of the building.
Follansbee Fire Chief Larry Rea, whose department responded first to the scene, told MetroNews that in over 45 years of working with the department, says the size of the Saturday blaze was rare.
“They will have fires on the belt but they are usually small and the employees will handle it themselves,” he said. “On occasion, it will be big enough to where they will call us in. But this was one of the bigger ones that I have ever seen.”
Rea said on Monday that the plant is in the middle of its own investigation into what happened that left “extensive damage” to around 80 feet of a coal handling belt.
No injuries were reported.
Conveyor Fire at Furnace Coke Plant
A fire damaged conveying equipment and sections of a building last Saturday morning at the Mountain State Carbon furnace coke plant in Follansbee, WV, local news organizations reported.
“We had a fire on one of the belts that were shut down for maintenance,” Mountain State Carbon’s owner, AK Steel, said in a statement to television news station WTOV. “There were no injuries and no interruption to operations is expected.”
The blaze ignited at about 8 a.m., according to the company. Crews from several fire departments responded to the Brooke County facility.
Follansbee Fire Chief Larry Rea told WV Metro News that about 80 ft of conveyor belt used to transport coal received “extensive damage” and the top floor of a coal handling building at the site was left with “moderate damage.” The official said that coal dust, the conveyor belt, and coal burned in the fire.
No injuries occurred during the blaze.
Mountain State Carbon’s plant in Follansbee has a total coke production capacity of more than 1 million tn/yr, information on the company’s website said. The site produces furnace coke, foundry coke, and coke breeze and fractions.