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.
By 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.
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.
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.