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Here is a look at fire incidents from around the western Pennsylvania region over the last couple days.

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October 26th – Duquesne Structure Fire With Entrapment

102614-DuquesneBy WPAFireNews.com

At approximately 9:45am on Sunday, October 26, 2014, emergency crews were dispatched to a residential structure fire with entrapment in the 600 block of Grant Avenue in the city of Duquesne.

Duquesne fire units arrived on scene to find heavy black smoke and flames showing and requested a second alarm.

Initial interior crews were able to find the fire and get the fire knocked down in about 15 minutes.  Truck crews cut a hole in the roof for ventilation.

The trapped person was rescued and transported to a Pittsburgh hospital.

Units on scene from 1st alarm: 133 Duquesne, 294 Duquesne Annex, 161 Glassport, 171 Homestead, 184 Lincoln, 195 Monroeville 5.

Units on scene from 2nd alarm: 293 Homeville, 131 Dravosburg, 200 Munhall #1.

 

Vehicle Accident Slows Traffic on Lovedale Road

111814-lincoln-lovedaleBy WPAFireNews.com

Around 8:30am on Tuesday November 18th, crews were dispatched to Lovedale Road at Mill Hill Road in Elizabeth Twp for a single vehicle accident with injuries.

Police arrived and updated the call to be on the Lincoln Borough side of Lovedale Road.

Fire crews arrived to find one vehicle against a hillside and utility pole with one person injured.

Elizabeth Twp EMS transported the driver to a local hospital.

Lincoln Engine 184, Central 140 Rescue 7, and Greenock 140 Squad 4 handled duties on scene.

Elizabeth Twp and Lincoln police departments were also on scene.

One lane was shut down during the incident, and one person was cited for driving too fast through the emergency scene.

The vehicle was towed and the roadway was reopened shortly after 9am.

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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