August 25, 2014- Erie Firefighters battled a house fire at 643 East 9th street for a structure fire early this morning – the third at that house in less than a month.
Heavy smoke and flames were reported just before 4 a-m; the fire fighters had the fire out in only a few minutes.
Crews on the scene say that vacant house also caught fire last Thursday around 4a.m. and crews worked quickly to ensure the safety of neighboring homes and residents in that area.
Chief fire inspector Guy Santone is looking into the cause of the blaze.
By Christine D’Antonio – KDKA
BRIGHTON HEIGHTS (KDKA)- A lawn care truck slammed into several vehicles, went through a yard and crashed into a home early Monday morning in Brighton Heights
According to police, the incident happened around 12:45 a.m. along Termon Avenue.
The A&N Lawn Service truck hit Lora Bray’s home.
“We were both sleeping, all of the sudden we heard a big crash – and my daughter screamed, ‘Mommy, mommy did you hear that?’ I jumped out, looked out the front bedroom window, that’s when I saw this truck,” said Bray.
By the time Bray got dressed and ran downstairs, the driver was already gone.
“I did hear the person try to back the truck up. They were trying to start it, but it kept stalling, so they weren’t able to move the truck. But, by the time I was able to get dressed, come out the front door, they were gone,” said Bray.
August 22, 2014- Erie firefighters battled a blazze at 453 west 6th street early this morning.
According to Erie County 911, police were called to that house for a domestic dispute; that’s when they discovered the house was on fire.
Residents were trapped in the building at the time of the blaze, fire fighters were able to get the people out.
Reports from the scene indicate that seven adults and a baby were treated on scene, but five of those adults were transported to UPMC Hamot; the baby was not injured.
Three fire fighters were treated at the scene, but two of them ended up being transported, and a police officer was also rushed to UPMC Hamot for treatment of smoke inhalation.
By Harold Hayes – KDKA
GREENVILLE (KDKA) — At least one person had to be rescued and several homes were damaged when heavy rains fell on parts of Mercer County Thursday afternoon.
Two inches of rain had already fallen in central Mercer County and forecasters worried more was on the way when they issued the Flash Flood Warning.
The rising flood waters on Stewart Avenue at South Mercer Street in Greenville turned the road into a dangerous river.
Mike White, of the Greenville Fire Department, took pictures as rescue crews responded to a driver literally stuck in the back of his pickup truck because it was underwater.
Felicia Allen took video of the water that quickly surrounded Stewart Avenue.
“A guy came down in a truck, I tried to stop him. He was bound and determined to get through there; he didn’t get through there, so I called 911,” said Brian Patton, of Greenville. “They had a fire truck and a boat to get him.”
By Marty Griffin – KDKA
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Quicker call times and greater efficiency. That’s what City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County officials are saying about the consolidation of 911 service.
It has been a long and controversial process, but leaders say it was well worth the wait.
Mayor Bill Peduto and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald say the county and the city must work together to consolidate every service possible, including 911.
“This is kind of the final step of consolidating the city and county operations together,” said Fitzgerald. “They’ve been located in the same place together, but now there’s going to be actual sameness, if you will.”
“It creates greater efficiency, it creates the ability for the call times to become much less. It allows a better opportunity for the responders to be their earlier to be able to save lives,” added Peduto.
All of this will start rolling next week with training. The consolidation is expected to be completed by mid-September.
August 21, 2014- Fire crews battled a house fire very early this morning.
That fire was reported at 643 East 9th Street just before 4a.m. The fire was put out very quickly.
Erie fire fighters knocked down flames on the outside of the house quickly and moved on to the second floor and attic.
Nobody was home at the time of the fire according to the Erie County 911 Center.
Fire Inspector Guy Santone is investigating the cause of the fire.
It’s believed that the fire started in the rear of the building.