082914-mckeesport-truck-fire

Electrical problem sparks fire

By Eric Slagle - Trib Total Media An electrical problem is believed to have caused a truck fire in McKeesport on Thursday. Marlon Barnes said he was...

082914-pittsburgh-allentown-church-fire

Roofers Making Repairs May Have Spa...

By David Highfield - KDKA PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Flames were relentless as they spread through the roof of the Hill Top United Methodist Church in Pit...

FIRE-Headline

Large Home in West Mifflin Catches ...

By WPAFN Crews were dispatched to a house fire in West Mifflin this morning at the intersection of McClure Avenue and Skylark Avenue.  The fire was...

082814-monroeville-calendar

Monroeville firefighters hope hot p...

By Gideon Bradshaw Trib Total Media - photo by 445photography Monroeville firefighters said they'll try turning up the heat to raise money by selling...

Incidents

082914-mckeesport-truck-fire

Electrical problem sparks fire

By Eric Slagle - Trib Total Media An electrical problem is believed to have caused a truck fire in McKeesport on Thursday. Marlon Barnes s...

Fire News

082814-monroeville-calendar

Monroeville firefighters hope hot photo calendar will help raise money

By Gideon Bradshaw Trib Total Media - photo by 445photography Monroeville firefighters said they'll...

Police News

082214-pitcairn-police

Pitcairn police department 1st in Western Pennsylvania to carry Narcan for heroin overdoses

By WPXI PITCARIN, Pa. — Pitcairn police will become the first department in Western Pennsylvania to be equipped to administer a potent...

EMS News

082714-stage-ae

Nearly 40 treated for heat exhaustion at Stage AE concert

By WTAE PITTSBURGH —Dozens of people were treated after showing signs of heat exhaustion during a concert Tuesday night at Stage AE on th...

Blog

Breast Cancer Tshirts

Central VFC Breast Cancer Charity T-Shirt Sale

By WPAFN Central VFC of Elizabeth Twp  is selling shirts to raise money to be donated to a local breast cancer charity. There are choices...

Electrical problem sparks fire

082914-mckeesport-truck-fireBy Eric Slagle – Trib Total Media

An electrical problem is believed to have caused a truck fire in McKeesport on Thursday.

Marlon Barnes said he was driving the Ford F-150 pickup across the Jerome Bridge at about 12:20 p.m. when “smoke started coming from the hood.”

Barnes said he didn’t want to abandon the vehicle on the bridge. So he kept driving until he could get it off Lysle Boulevard. Barnes made the first available right and parked across from the Family Dollar store.

He said he ran into the store and asked someone to call for help.

Fire crews were on the scene quickly but not before the fire burned a hole through the hood.

Barnes said he was taking a load of wood and other debris from a demolition project in Glassport to Homewood when the incident occurred.

Read more

Roofers Making Repairs May Have Sparked Allentown Church Fire

082914-pittsburgh-allentown-church-fireBy David Highfield – KDKA

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Flames were relentless as they spread through the roof of the Hill Top United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood Thursday afternoon.

Church members were forced to watch a building burn where so many memorable moments in life have happened for them.

Rev. Sue Hutchins says some workers were resealing part of the roof when it’s believed the fire started.

“Using a hot torch or something, and in that process they caught the church roof on the fire, and as they tried to put it out it was engulfed almost immediately,” said Rev. Hutchins.

She says the church is also the Allentown Senior Center, and she rushed over to make sure the few seniors inside at the time got out safely.

Pittsburgh Fire Chief Darryl Jones says he was concerned for his firefighters’ safety because of a fear of a backdraft or that the roof would collapse.

Read more

Large Home in West Mifflin Catches Fire

FIRE-HeadlineBy WPAFN

Crews were dispatched to a house fire in West Mifflin this morning at the intersection of McClure Avenue and Skylark Avenue.  The fire was in a large two story house, with fire through the roof.

Units from West Mifflin, Munhall, Homestead, Duquesne, Glassport, and Whitaker are all on scene working to contain the fire with numerous other departments providing standbys.

Check back for further updates.

Here is some coverage from around the web:

 

Monroeville firefighters hope hot photo calendar will help raise money

082814-monroeville-calendarBy Gideon Bradshaw Trib Total Media – photo by 445photography

Monroeville firefighters said they’ll try turning up the heat to raise money by selling a calendar that features photos of scantily clad women posing on trucks and in stations.

Fire Company 5 Chief Ron Harvey said the five all-volunteer fire companies that cover Monroeville think relying on taxpayers to upgrade the public safety training center on Johnston Road is not an option, particularly in light of other pressing public infrastructure needs and financial constraints.

Monroeville firefighters and first responders from other departments train at the center.

Harvey, who also is a Monroeville councilman, and the other fire chiefs plan to prepare a sample calendar before taking their proposal to elected officials “rather than give everybody the impression that this is some sort of porn calendar.”

“It’s an honorable project,” Harvey said. “It doesn’t insult anybody. It’s a fundraiser that doesn’t cost the taxpayers a penny.”

Female models donned firefighting gear and smoldering looks last weekend for a revealing shoot at two Monroeville fire stations.

Monroeville firefighters are not the first to think of using a racy calendar to save on public funds.

Read more

Irwin VFD expecting new ladder truck by end of year

wpafn-logo-300By Tony LaRussa – Trib Total Media

The Irwin Volunteer Fire Department is expected to take delivery by year’s end on a new $700,000 ladder truck that is being built to order.

“We’ve just learned that the chassis, which took six weeks to build in Michigan, has been completed and transported to be finished in Nebraska,” Chad Mower, the fire company’s president, told borough council last week. “So, hopefully, we’ll be getting the new truck by no later than the end of the year.”

The truck, which is being financed, is being built by Smeal Fire Apparatus in Snyder, Neb., Mower said.

It will replace a 20-year-old vehicle that recently was sold for about $135,000 through a broker to the Wilder Rural Fire Protection District in Wilder, Idaho, he said.

A payment of $243,652 was wired to Smeal to cover the cost of the vehicle’s chassis, Mower said.

Read more

Aspinwall Fire Department program to show children ins and outs of firefighting

082814-aspinwallBy Tom McGee – photo by Jan Pakler – Trib Total Media

The Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Department will show local children the ins and outs of being a firefighter.

The department will host a firefighter-exploration program for youths Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fire Chief Gene Marsico said children between the ages of 9 and 14 will learn about different aspects of working with the department.

“They’ll get a little taste of what it is to be a volunteer fireman,” Marsico said.

The five stations setup will be — a demonstration with Gage, the department’s dog; a fire-extinguisher demonstration; a hose-line station; a safety trailer; and a rescue demonstration.

Participants will learn basic safety and first-aid tips throughout the day, Marsico said.

For older children, the hope is that some might decide to join the department.

Youths can begin to sign up to be a junior firefighter when they are 15. Four people currently serve as junior fire fighters in Aspinwall.

Read more

Fire Rips Through Knoxville Home, 8-Year-Old Hailed A Hero

082714-pittsburgh-knoxville-house-freBy Christine D’Antonio – KDKA

KNOXVILLE (KDKA)- An 8-year-old girl is being hailed as a hero for getting her sister safely out of a fire in Knoxville Wednesday morning.

According to officials at the scene. the fire started around 2 a.m. at a home in the 100-block of Zara Street.

When crews arrived, heavy fire and smoke was coming out of the second floor.

An 8-year-old girl and her 18-year-old sister were sleeping on the second floor. The 8-year-old smelled smoke, woke up and began screaming and yelling to wake up her sister.

“We [were] asleep and the candle caught on to something. She woke up and woke me up out of my sleep, and got us out of the house,” said Naquala Crosby.

The girls’ mother, Nicole Dillard,  was not home at the time of the fire. But, she says her 8-year-old daughter saved her life too.

“Yeah, she saved my life because if I would have lost the life of them, I don’t know what would’ve have happened. So, yeah she saved my life too,” said Dillard.

Read more

Portage Bakery Fire

082714-portage-bakery-fireBy WTAJ News

PORTAGE, CAMBRIA COUNTY – A small town restaurant favorite went up in flames Tuesday afternoon.

For more than two hours, firefighters battled a fire at the Portage Bakery along Main Street.

Eight fire departments responded to the Cambria County blaze around 3:30pm.

The fire marshal will be on scene to determine what started the fire.

Two firefighters were hurt but not seriously.

One of those firefighters went to the hospital for heat exhaustion.

Read more: http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/update-portage-bakery-fire/15725/ZLqY3yMtKkqVuq8xY5rF6w

Crash in Bedford County Sends Four to Hospital

By WTAJ News

Four people were sent to the hospital after a two-car crash in Bedford County.

Police say it happened around 9:30 Tuesday night when two cars collided on Allegheny Road in Harrison Township. Four crews were called to the scene. Two people were flown to the Altoona Trauma Center while the other two were taken by ambulance.

No word yet on the condition of those involved or the cause of the crash.

Read More: http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/crash-in-bedford-county-sends-four-to-hospital/26084/ThAraFLGukqLIzWLwHZetA

 

 

Nearly 40 treated for heat exhaustion at Stage AE concert

082714-stage-aeBy WTAE

PITTSBURGH —Dozens of people were treated after showing signs of heat exhaustion during a concert Tuesday night at Stage AE on the North Shore.

People at the Austin Mahone concert began falling ill a little after 8 p.m.

Emergency responders treated 38 people, eight of whom were taken to the hospital.

One of the patients, a 14-year-old girl, was taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Read more: http://www.wtae.com/news/heat-exhaustion-at-stage-ae-concert/27751474#ixzz3Bb58Xl00