14-Year-Old Girl Killed In West Deer Township Fire, Family Says – CBS Pittsburgh

WEST DEER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – A 14-year-old girl is dead after a fire in West Deer Township, a family member says.

Officials have not confirmed the death, but according to the family, a 14-year-old Dayanna Shaffer did not make it out. She was an eighth grader at Deer Lakes Middle School.

“I’m just in utter shock. This happened and it shouldn’t have happened. I can’t even believe what she went through,” Brian Shaffer, Dayanna’s father, said. “I’ve never felt so numb in my life. I can’t believe my baby’s gone.

Firefighters say the flames were so intense, they couldn’t get inside the single-family home.

KDKA’s Paul Martino was told there had been some renovations going on in the house, but the fire marshal has not said if that could have been a factor.

The family’s dachshund, named Nessie, was also lost in the blaze.

Anyone with information concerning the incident is asked to call the County Police Tip Line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS.

Source: 14-Year-Old Girl Killed In West Deer Township Fire, Family Says – CBS Pittsburgh

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One Person Dead, One In Serious Condition Due To House Fire On Bigelow Street – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A woman has died and another person is in serious condition due to a house fire on Bigelow Street.

The person injured was taken out of the home and transported to a local hospital where they are currently in serious condition.

No further details have yet been made available regarding the woman who died from her injuries.

A third person was outside of the home at the time of the fire and they onl

Source: One Person Dead, One In Serious Condition Due To House Fire On Bigelow Street – CBS Pittsburgh

Explosion and ‘heavy fire’ injures at least 3 in Los Angeles, fire officials say | abc13.com

LOS ANGELES, California — At least three people were injured in an explosion and “heavy fire” in an industrial area of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, officials said.

The explosion occurred about 12 p.m. at a textile business located in a row of commercial structures, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement.

The victims were described as three males, two of whom were severely burned, the LAFD said. The third patient was in fair condition after suffering unspecified injuries.

Source: Explosion and ‘heavy fire’ injures at least 3 in Los Angeles, fire officials say | abc13.com

Man facing arson charges in dump truck fire in Pittsburgh

Police have issued a warrant for 62-year-old Terry Washington. He is facing charges of arson and criminal mischief.

Police found the burning truck along Lyric Street in Pittsburgh’s Larimer neighborhood on Jan. 31. Police said there were smoke and flames coming from the driver’s side truck of the car.

The woman at the home told police she saw the man park his truck across from her house. She said he walked over and stood by the truck for approximately 10 minutes before he walked back to his truck and drove away.

She said her neighbor called her shortly after to tell her the truck was on fire. Police said they found a disposable lighter and a small plastic container near the cab of the truck.

Source: Man facing arson charges in dump truck fire in Pittsburgh

UPDATE: Firefighters rescue residents from high-rise apartment fire in L.A.

9A fire at a high-rise apartment building in Los Angeles has reportedly trapped multiple people inside, according to news reports.

Source: UPDATE: Firefighters rescue residents from high-rise apartment fire in L.A.

Tanker Plane Fighting Australia’s Bushfires Crashes, Killing Crew Of 3

The crash occurred south of the capital, Canberra, as Australia continues battling massive fires that have scorched a Pennsylvania-sized section of the country.

Source: Tanker Plane Fighting Australia’s Bushfires Crashes, Killing Crew Of 3

Suspect fatally shot 2 Honolulu officers, set fire that destroyed several homes: Sources

“This is an unprecedented tragedy for not only the City and County of Honolulu but the entire state of Hawaii.”

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WATCH LIVE: Explosion, fire reported at commercial garage in Westmoreland County

The commercial garage is at 1500 New Stanton Ruffsdale Road.

Source: WATCH LIVE: Explosion, fire reported at commercial garage in Westmoreland County

Fire destroys home in Belle Vernon

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.

Source: Fire destroys home in Belle Vernon

No one hurt when roof catches fire in Oakland | TribLIVE.com

2179486_web1_web-firetruckThe 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.

Source: No one hurt when roof catches fire in Oakland | TribLIVE.com

Fire damages abandoned home in Jeannette | TribLIVE.com

2180192_web1_web-firetruck3Firefighters 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.

Source: Fire damages abandoned home in Jeannette | TribLIVE.com

Garage fire guts Shenango Township home | Local News | ncnewsonline.com

A fire that gutted a Shenango Township home Wednesday afternoon is being ruled an accident.

Source: Garage fire guts Shenango Township home | Local News | ncnewsonline.com

Enormous ‘Megafire’ In Australia Engulfs 1.5 Million Acres : NPR

Two fires have merged into a single blaze more than three times as big as California’s largest-ever known fire. A quarter of a million people have been urged to evacuate towns south of Sydney.

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.

Source: Enormous ‘Megafire’ In Australia Engulfs 1.5 Million Acres : NPR

What Caused the Wildfires in Australia? Amid Worst Blazes for a Decade, 24 People Are Charged With Arson

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.

Source: What Caused the Wildfires in Australia? Amid Worst Blazes for a Decade, 24 People Are Charged With Arson

$30 million fine issued over pipeline explosion that destroyed house in Center Township, Beaver County

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announces fine against ETC Northeast Pipeline over 2018 Revolution Pipeline explosion and fire

Source: $30 million fine issued over pipeline explosion that destroyed house in Center Township, Beaver County