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Gator’s Old Flames


Gator’s Old Flames – Ross Twp Baron-Wheeler Inc. Fire 5/28/1985

Ross Twp Fire 05/28/85 - Photo by Ed Burik

Ross Twp Fire 05/28/85 - Photo by Ed Burik

Berkeley Hills, Laurel Gardens, and Perrysville responded in the middle of the night to a Commercial Structure Fire at Baron-Wheeler, Inc. on Babcock Boulevard in Ross Township.

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Gator’s Old Flames – Stowe Twp Structure Fire – 12/04/1986

Stowe Twp House Fire - 1986
Stowe Twp House Fire – 1986

West Park, Flemming Park, Presston and McKees Rocks responded in the early evening hours for a residential structure fire in the 500 Block of Woodward Avenue, Stowe Township.

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Gator’s Old Flames – McCandless Structure Fire – 01/28/1986

McCandless Fire - 1986

McCandless Fire - 1986

Editor note: This is another installment of Gator’s Old Flames, a look back at some fire incidents from the past

Residential Structure Fire in the 1300 Block of Duncan Avenue in the Town of McCandless. Call received at 11:51am. Peebles, Highland, Ingomar, and North Hampton Responding.

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Gator’s Old Flames – Ross Twp Best Feeds Store Fire – 1/19/82

At 8:33am, the initial alarm was received for a fire at the Best Feeds store on McKnight Road in Ross Township. Companies on scene included Berkeley Hills, Laurel Gardens, Perrysville, Quaill, Highland, and Fairview’s Air Truck. Sub-freezing temperatures and hazardous materials inside the building contributed to the fireground difficulties. The building was a total loss and the building was rebuilt with a new building on the same spot – now occupied by Jared’s Jewelry next to Denny’s.

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Gator’s Old Flames – Emsworth Structure Fire – 04/07/1983

Fire gutted unit 100 of the Cliffside Manor Apartment Complex off of Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth. Companies included Em sworth, Ben Avon, and Avalon. (When was the last time you saw an AMC Gremlin, much less a Gremlin fire chief’s vehicle?)

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Gator’s Old Flames – Structure Fire Brighton Heights, Pittsburgh, PA (12/20/1981)

At approximately 11:30pm, a suspicious fire destroyed a vacant funeral home at the corner of California Avenue and Termon Avenue in the Brighton Heights section of the City of Pittsburgh. 55 Engine (now known as 35 Engine) was first due and originally reported nothing showing upon arrival. Upon further investigation, the engine crew found smoke coming from the roof. Four alarms later, the fire was brought under control. This is yet another strange intersection that has seen four of five buildings destroyed by fires, some suspicious, in the past two decades.

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Gator’s Old Flames – House Fire – Bellevue 4/29/1981

In the midd le of the night, a fire destroyed the top floor of a 2-1/2 story frame and aluminum siding residence on North Balph Avenue. Bellevue and Fairview Fire Departments responded.

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