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Vacant House Fire in Elizabeth Borough

Photo by KDKA

Crews were alerted to a working structure fire at 7:05am this morning in Elizabeth Borough on Water Street near Park Alley under the Elizabeth Bridge. 

Initial crews were met with heavy fire conditions and it was determined that the building was vacant.  

Due to some water issues, Tankers from Lincoln Boro VFRC, Valley Inn VFD, and Washington Twp VFD were requested to scene to assist.

Crews fought the fire in a defensive nature due to the condition of the structure and lack of water pressure from the hydrants.

No injuries were reported.

Elizabeth Borough VFC was assisted on scene by units from Clairton, Blaine Hill, Glassport, Lincoln, Central, Valley Inn, and Washington Twp. The Salvation Army was also on scene providing food and drinks to the firefighters.

Allegheny County Fire Marshal office is investigating the cause.

House Explosion in Moon Township

Moon Twp House Explosion – photo via WTAE

A house on Convair Drive in Moon Twp exploded today just before 4pm.

The explosion occurred right after children got off a school bus, causing them to scatter.

Reports are that no one was home at the time of the explosion, and there were no injuries reported.  Two dogs were inside at the time of the explosion and they were transported to a local vet office and are believed to be in good condition.

This is the second home to explode in Moon in recent years, with one occurring in 2013 on Charlton Heights Road see article here.

The cause is under investigation.

Possible Structure Fire at The Lighting Store on Old William Penn Highway on January 30, 2011

The Lighting Store

Photo By: Sardis Vol. Fire Co.

On Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 16:19, there was a reported structure fire at 3700 Old William Penn Highway at The Lighting Store.  It was reported that there was smoke showing from the roof and the interior was charged with a moderate smoke condition.  Station 78 roof’s crew opened up 2 vents on the roof and had a significant smoke condition in the attic area.  Division 2 crews investigated the interior and found some plastic PVC piping on fire in the furnace area.  After a lengthy investigation, command returned the companies.

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Picture of Smoke in Barri Avenue Residence on January 9, 2011 – Penn Township

Photo by: Firefighter Mark Ferguson of the Harrison City Fire Dept.

Harrison City Station 87 was dispatched to a home on Barri Drive in Penn Township on January 9, 2011 for a report of smoke in the structure.  Truck 87 arrived to find a moderate smoke condition in the house.  Truck 87 was utilized to check the chimney while interior crews check the fireplace and interior walls with thermal imaging cameras.  The cause of the smoke was due to a malfunctioning chimney clean-out.  All units returned in service in approximately 45 minutes.


Picture of Fire on Kenmont Avenue, Lower Burrell on January 23, 2011


Photo by: Lower Burrell Vol. Fire Co.

Around 3:20 am on January 23, 2011, Lower Burrell Station 69 was activated for a possible kitchen fire on Kenmont Ave.  The Chief for Station 69 requested the first alarm, bringing 54, 56-5, 115, and 95-2 (RIT).  Engine 69-1 and 3 arrived on scene and proceeded to pull 2 cross-lays off of Engine 3.  The Interior crew made entry, proceeded to the 2nd floor, and found a working bedroom fire.  Crews from Engine 1 ventilated the structure.  Crews made quick work of the fire, and performed salvage and overhaul for about an 1 1/2 after the fire was knocked down.  Units operated on scene for about 3 hours.


Suspicious Fire in Elizabeth Borough – Update 8/11/2009

Elizabeth Boro Fire

Elizabeth Boro Fire

Update 8/11/09 – Per Elizabeth VFC’s website, the Fire Marshal deemed this fire as accidental, and confirmed that nothing was thrown onto the porch.

Early on Wednesday morning, August 5th,  Allegheny County 911 received a call from a homeowner stating someone threw something onto their back porch and their house was on fire.

Elizabeth Borough Station 139 and their first alarm were alerted for the house on South 3rd Avenue, in the Walker Heights section of Elizabeth.  Initial crews on scene reported a working fire.  Crews stretched a 2 1/2″ handline to the rear of the structure and another crew advanced through the front door.  There was a nice knockdown and the initial crews did a great job of containment.

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Lincoln Boro – Vacant House Fire – 07/04/2009

Lincoln - Liberty Way Fire

Lincoln - Liberty Way Fire

Lincoln 184, Liberty 183, and Port Vue  237 were dispatched to a possible residential structure fire shortly after 10pm on Saturday July 4th.  Updates by police and Elizabeth Twp EMS reported flames showing and possible explosions or fireworks going off.

Engine 184 responded with 4 crew members and Tanker 184-1 responded at the same time as well.  Engine 184 crew started fire attack with a hand line and deck gun.  Engine 183 and Engine 237 arrived shortly after and assisted with establishing a water supply and fire attack.  Due to the age of the structure, and amount of fire load, Chief 184 requested Central 147 and Elizabeth Boro 139 to the scene for additional manpower.

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