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Fire Sends Residents, Firefighters to Hospital

091914-altoona-house-fireBy Ashley Doerzbacher – WTAJ

ALTOONA – The fire inspector has ruled an early morning fire in the City of Altoona accidental. Tim Hughes, fire inspector for the Altoona Fire Department, said the fire started after a child inside this house here caught the couch on fire, while playing with a cigarette lighter.

Fire broke out here in the 300-block of Lexington Avenue. The fire was fully involved by the time crews arrived. It took about 40 minutes to get that fire under control, nearly two hours to put out completely.

A family of 7 lived inside the home, and everyone was out of the house by the time crews got there. At least four of them were taken to UPMC Altoona and treated for minor injuries.  The Red Cross is helping the family.

Three fire fighters were also were taken to the hospital and treated for ankle sprains and heat exhaustion. Those fire fighters are at home recovering.

“I’m glad that our firefighters only had minor injuries,” said Deputy Chief Mike Tofano, of the Altoona Police Department. “It’s certainly a strenuous and dangerous job, but it’s one that our guys are trained to do.”

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3-Alarm Fire Damages 2 South Oakland Homes

091914-oakland-structure-fireBy Brenda Waters – KDKA

SOUTH OAKLAND (KDKA)- Fire crews had their hands full with a quick-moving fire in South Oakland Friday morning.

The fire started around 2:30 a.m. at a home on Orpwood Street, near the intersection with Parkview Ave.

Neighbors tell us that the two homes are used as apartments for students at nearby colleges like Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University.

Those students watched as flames lit up the Oakland sky, as firefighters battled what seemed like never-ending flames.

Fire fully engulfed one home and by the time firefighters got on scene, a second home caught fire too.

Only two charred frames were left by Friday morning.

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Volunteer fire companies always searching for funding

091514-farmingtonBy Miles Layton and Steve Barrett – photo by Amanda Steen – Herald-Standard

When a fire breaks out, people expect a prompt response from the area men and women who, almost always, are volunteers that risk their lives.

But what many don’t consider is the cost to the departments, which, oftentimes, get by financially by selling hoagies, holding car washes, or spaghetti dinners, and selling tickets to gun or cash bashes.

First Assistant Chief George Matis at Republic Volunteer Fire Department in Fayette County said fundraising in these lean times is a challenge.

“It’s becoming more difficult to pay for everything, so we have to have fundraiser after fundraiser,” he said. “We have to work, work, work to get everything we need. But we have to do it to get the most professional and provide the best service that we can.”

Matis said the firefighting gear is expensive. For example, he said, one air pack, which is an essential part of firefighter’s gear, costs $8,000; special fire resistant pants and a jacket cost more than $2,300; portable radios — $1,300 to $3,500 each. Matis said a fire department can pay upwards of $500,000 for a truck.

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Man Killed In Westmoreland Co. Pedestrian Accident

091514-sewickley-fatal-crashBy Amy Wadas – KDKA

SEWICKLEY TOWNSHIP (KDKA/AP) – Authorities say a man apparently lying in the road in front of a western Pennsylvania high school was struck and killed by a car.

Officials in Westmoreland County said the accident happened shortly after 1:40 a.m. Monday in front of Yough High School in Sewickley Township.

State police said the pedestrian was apparently lying in the northbound lane of Lowber Road when he was hit by a car.

Police said the driver reported seeing what appeared to be an object in the road and swerved, but hit the man’s torso and head. State police said the driver stopped and called 911.

The victim has been identified as David Pedder, 54, of North Huntingdon Township.

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Accident Sends One Person to Hospital

091514-wayne-twp-accidentBy YourErie.com

A car accident near Corry on Sunday sent one woman to the hospital.

The accident happened just before 6 p.m in Wayne Township.

The car was heading east on Route 6 when it hit a guardrail and flipped over, landing upright in Baskin Run.

Fire officials at the scene tell us the driver was an elderly woman who may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Emergency crews took the victim to Corry Hospital with what they say are minor injuries.

Read more: http://www.yourerie.com/news/news-article/d/story/accident-sends-one-person-to-hospital/65217/NBVu2LHAcE2JRj40y_NVrA

Crews Called to Cambria County House Fire

By WTAJ News

ADAMS TOWNSHIP, CAMBRIA COUNTY – Crews in Cambria County were called to the the scene of a house fire late Sunday night.

A 911 supervisor told WTAJ three different fire departments were dispatched to a home located in the 100 block of Spruce Court.

That’s in Adams Township, Cambria County.

Crews remained on scene until around 11 pm Sunday night.

It’s unclear what started the fire or the extent of damage done to the home.

No injuries were reported.

Read more: http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/crews-called-to-cambria-county-house-fire/30039/G_8FxwlgF0GZSRTOm0Yy5w

Woman Pulled from Car Moments Before Fire

091514-cambria-car-fireBy Christian Heilman – WTAJ News

PRINCE GALLITZIN STATE PARK, CAMBRIA COUNTY — A woman crashes her car, power lines fall, and it catches fire. But not before a Good Samaritan pulls her to safety. Witnesses say the crash happened on September 8 around 3:00 along Beach Road in Cambria County.

Pieces of Larina Hoppel’s car are still thrown all over this field — even parts of her headlight are here more than a week after her car crashed and went up in flames. And one person caught it all on camera.

A car fully engulfed inflames just moments after a woman was pulled from the vehicle.

Steve Martin, who pulled her from the car, said, “I just took a chance and reached in, grabbed her and started pulling her out.”

Pulling her from a car covered with electrical wires and taking Hoppel to safety. Mark Stahl shot this video — he’s been a firefighter for 25 years and says it’s a miracle Martin is safe and pulled Hoppel out alive.

Mark Stahl said, “Once that car got engulfed — there’d be no saving her at that point. ”

Melissa St. John, Martin’s girlfriend who was at the accident, said, “How she walked out of there, I don’t know. ”

Martin and his girlfriend recently met some of Hoppel’s family and explored  the scene of the crash.

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Couple escapes New Castle house fire without injury

By WTAE

Emergency dispatchers said the fire started in the attic of the home on Sheraden Avenue.

A man and a woman got out safely, along with their pets.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Read more: http://www.wtae.com/news/couple-escapes-new-castle-house-fire-without-injury/28056524#ixzz3DOVUtZ8t

Fire hits Swissvale apartment building

091514-swissvale-apartment-fireBy Brian Bowling – photo by Andrew Russell – Trib Total Media

Sitting on a doorstep across the street from his burning home in Swissvale, Larry Knox said he was glad everyone got safely out of the three-story apartment building.

“Thank God, I’m out of there,” said Knox, who is visually impaired. “This young man named James on the second floor came and got me.”

Two firefighters suffered injuries while battling the four-alarm blaze on Saturday in the 2000 block of Monongahela Avenue, said fire Chief Clyde Wilhelm. He said he had no reports of any residents being injured.

Firefighters thought at first they had a roof fire, Wilhelm said. As it turned out, the blaze probably started on the second floor but quickly spread through the voids between the exterior and interior walls to the third floor.

An Allegheny County fire marshal is investigating the cause, he said.

One firefighter went by ambulance to UPMC Mercy for treatment of second- and third-degree burns on his neck, Wilhelm said. Emergency medical techs treated the other firefighter at the scene for minor injuries, he said.

Wilhelm asked Duquesne Light Co. to cut power to the neighborhood because high-voltage power lines pass in front of the building and posed a hazard to firefighters, he said.

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Nanty Glo Accident

090214-nanty-glo-accidentBy Fox8tv.com

A car rolled over on Cardiff Road in Nanty Glo in Cambria County on Monday afternoon.

The calls came in to the Police shortly after noon on Monday.

The driver was able to get out of the car but was taken to the hospital. Cardiff Road was closed for a short time as the Police cleaned up the wreckage. 

The Police believe the wet roads may be to blame.

Read more: http://www.fox8tv.com/News/NewsDetails.asp?NewsID=15152