At approximately 2:40am, Alray Tire Company at 2002 Babcock Boulevard was destroyed by a fire fed by hundreds of rubber tires. Flames shot into the sky approximately 100 feet into the air. Numerous explosions created a near BLEVE effect. Companies on scene included Evergreen, Laurel Gardens, Berkeley Hills, Keating, Bauerstown, and Millvale. A business just to the sector 2 side suffered exposure damage. the main fire building was completely destroyed.
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Gator’s Old Flames
Apartment Building Fire – City of Pittsburgh (1/30/1986)
On January 30, 1986, this apartment building was destroyed by a fire and natural gas explosion in the Lincoln-Lemmington section of the City of Pittsburgh.
Zone 3-12 was dispatched at 1218 hours to Shetland Avenue. 15 Engine was first on scene and reported heavy smoke and fire form the first floor. The second alarm was dispatched at 1224 hours with 8 Truck on special assignment. A third alarm was dispatched just two minutes later. The fourth alarm came just two minutes after that. The fifth alarm and an additional engine company were dispatched later.
Note: These are being republished in the new site format. Enjoy a look back at some classic fires from the Pittsburgh area courtesy of Ed “Gator” Burik.
Structure Fire – McKees Rocks (2-14-1981)
In the early morning hours of February 14th, 1981, McKees Rocks Fire Department was summoned for a structure fire on Island Avenue at the corner of Bradley Street. First in units found a large dilapidated 3-1/2 story rooming house fully involved. McKees Rocks was assisted with mutual aid from Presston, West Park, Flemming Park, Kennedy Township, and Neville Township.