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Western Pa Fire News – WPAFN: Western Pa Fire News – WPAFN

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.

Read more: http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/officials-investigate-mobile-home-fire/39829/LfI3m1FYr0mthy6N2zbDwg

Uniontown firefighters save cat from house fire

060515-uniontown-ekerr-fireBy Herald-Standard – Photo by Roberto M. Esquivel

It was a good save,” Uniontown Fire Department Lt. Scott Conn said about the department’s actions to prevent a fire in the basement of a home at 49 E. Kerr St. from spreading to the rest of the home Thursday evening.

Firefighters made another save that made them feel good and relieved the homeowners. They saved one of the owners’ two cats, using one of the department’s new pet oxygen masks.

“We used one of the new pet oxygen masks to give the cat oxygen”, Conn said.

He said it was unfortunate that the second cat didn’t survive the fire, but the owners’ two dogs managed to find their own ways out of the house.

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Bizzarro Joins Fight to Save Volunteer Fees

wpafn-logo-300By YourErie.com

Joined by volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services providers at West Lake Fire Department, state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro today voiced his support for legislation that would exempt emergency responders from paying more than $47 in fees for state and federal background clearances.

Bizzarro discussed H.B. 1081, which would excuse volunteer and paid firefighters and EMS providers from paying the $10 state Department of Human Services child abuse clearance fee, in addition to the $10 Pennsylvania State Police criminal background clearance fee. It would also waive FBI clearance fees, totaling nearly $30, provided the emergency responders have lived in Pennsylvania for the past 10 years and have clean records.

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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.

Read more: http://www.fox8tv.com/News/NewsDetails.asp?NewsID=17465

Vacant house fire in Uniontown on East Main

060415-uniontown-fireBy John F. Brothers – Herald Standard

A fire heavily damaged a vacant home at 354 E. Main St. in Uniontown, Wednesday night. The Uniontown and Hopwood fire departments, Uniontown police and Fayette EMS responded to the fire. State police fire marshal was called to determine the cause of the fire.

Read more: http://www.heraldstandard.com/uploaded-photos/vacant-house-burns-on-east-main/image_ebf12ea9-60b5-51ed-a1eb-9d0ebd95f203.html

Allentown Home Damaged By 2-Alarm Fire

060415-pittsburgh-allentown-fireBy KDKA

Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire in Allentown Thursday morning.

According to officials at the scene, the fire broke out at 22 Allen Street around 6 a.m.

Trejawn Steals, 11, was sleeping inside of his home on Allen Street when the fire broke out.

He was with his grandparents when they smelled it.

“When I woke up, I smelled smoke so we called the fire department and then ran out of the house,” Steals said.

Authorities believe it was a candle that sparked the blaze when the flame lit curtains on fire and then spread throughout the house.
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Attempted arson snuffed at St. Patrick’s Church in Erie

060315-erie-st-patrick-church-arsonBy GoErie.com

ERIE, Pa. — Erie police charged a 61-year-old man with arson in connection with a fire Tuesday afternoon at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

No one was injured and no serious damage was done, police said.

Police charged Steven Quigley, who they said was living in homeless shelters in Erie. He was arraigned and placed in the Erie County Prison on $50,000 bond.

Firefighters were called to the church at 130 E. Fourth St. for a fire at the church at about 2 p.m.

“There was a gentleman in the church that started a couple fires,” said Guy Santone, chief fire investigator for the Erie Bureau of Fire. “We had the police called in and got a good description off the (church’s video) cameras,” he said.

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