Category: Allegheny Mtns

Covering: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, and Indiana

911 Vonage Problem

060515-cambria-911By Fox 8 WWCP

A desperate 911 call in Ohio ends with dispatchers in Cambria County. An important lesson for anyone using an internet based phone service. A 911 call placed Thursday morning to Cambria County 911 started off like any other medical emergency call but those at 911 say this call was anything but ordinary. The woman calling for help was in Streetsboro Ohio three hours away from the Cresson Township address attached to her phone service. 911 Officials say the woman had a voice over internet protocol phone service or VOIP. The service allows users to plug a modem into a computer and have service. The problem was Cambria County 911 Dispatchers don’t have readily available information for dispatchers in Ohio. 911 Dispatchers quickly searched for a number to reach Emergency Crews for the Akron suburb and soon learned the woman had called her daughter before dialing 911 and an ambulance was on the way. Cambria County says it took 22 minutes from the time they got the call before help arrived. The woman’s service provider Vonage states in their terms of service that 911 service is different for their subscribers than that of traditional wire line or cellphone 911 calls. The VOIP provider says tells customers when signing up for service that they must verify and confirm the address they will be using the service from and that they remind customers to update their address saying 911 calls may be sent to the emergency center near the old address. Cambria County urges all VOIP users to double check the information attached to their service to ensure their call is properly directed in an emergency situation.

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Officials Investigate Mobile Home Fire

060515-allegheny-twp-fireBy WTAJ News

ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP, BLAIR COUNTY – The cause of a mobile home fire in Allegheny Township is in question after one of the trailers in the Eldorado Mobile Home Park went up in flames this afternoon.

According to firefighters on scene, most of the damage occurred on the metal siding and the rear of the house. No one was inside at the time. Deputy Chief Charles Wolfie says that he has many concerns when he first arrives on a scene like this.

“[We need to monitor] how close [the other homes] are, whether I need to pull a secondary line to keep that house cool while we’re working on the other house,” he said.

The Red Cross is providing assistance for the family at this time.

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Altoona 3rd Street Fire

060415-altoona-fireBy Fox 8 WWCP TV

Four people are homeless after a fire tore through their home around 9:30 last night on Third Street. The Altoona fire chief says flames and smoke shot through the attic of the home. The chief says a lot of damage has been done to the roof and the upper part of the house. Fortunately, no one was hurt. The Red Cross is currently assisting the family.

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Huge Fire in Johnstown Consumes 4 Houses

121014-johnstownBy – Photo by WJAC

Crews battled a huge fire in Johnstown early this morning, that completely destroyed 3 houses, and severely damaged a fourth.

The fire occurred on Dorothy Avenue and the first house on fire was reported to be a vacant structure.

Crews are still investigating on the cause.

No injuries were reported.




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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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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.

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