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Several People Homeless After Turtle Creek Fire Rips Through Apartment Building

Photo by First Due Photography

TURTLE CREEK (KDKA) — Several people are left without a home tonight after a fire ripped through an apartment building on a cold Sunday morning.

Firefighters said it started around 10:00 a.m. in the 100 block of Watson Drive.

“Over the years, we’ve been pretty lucky. We’ve had a few fires here, but nothing real major,” Turtle Creek’s Assistant Fire Chief Jack Osman said.

Cell phone video from neighbors showed flames coming out of the second floor window of the apartment.

Daniel Murray lives in the apartment next door to the blaze. Read more

Duquesne Christmas Apartment Fire

Fire hits Swissvale apartment building

091514-swissvale-apartment-fireBy Brian Bowling – photo by Andrew Russell – Trib Total Media

Sitting on a doorstep across the street from his burning home in Swissvale, Larry Knox said he was glad everyone got safely out of the three-story apartment building.

“Thank God, I’m out of there,” said Knox, who is visually impaired. “This young man named James on the second floor came and got me.”

Two firefighters suffered injuries while battling the four-alarm blaze on Saturday in the 2000 block of Monongahela Avenue, said fire Chief Clyde Wilhelm. He said he had no reports of any residents being injured.

Firefighters thought at first they had a roof fire, Wilhelm said. As it turned out, the blaze probably started on the second floor but quickly spread through the voids between the exterior and interior walls to the third floor.

An Allegheny County fire marshal is investigating the cause, he said.

One firefighter went by ambulance to UPMC Mercy for treatment of second- and third-degree burns on his neck, Wilhelm said. Emergency medical techs treated the other firefighter at the scene for minor injuries, he said.

Wilhelm asked Duquesne Light Co. to cut power to the neighborhood because high-voltage power lines pass in front of the building and posed a hazard to firefighters, he said.

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Fire Kills 2 Animals, Sends 2 to Hospital

082214-south-fork-apartment-fireBy WTAJ

SOUTH FORK, CAMBRIA COUNTY – A fire that broke out in the area sent two people to the hospital and left 2 animals dead.

The fire started around 9:30 Thursday Night in the basement apartment on 262 Main Street in South Fork, Cambria County.

Heavy smoke and heat kept fire fighters outside of the building for some time.

One fire fighter was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion.

A resident living in the apartment was also taken for smoke inhalation.


The firefighter and resident are said to be okay.

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2 Families Displaced After McKees Rocks Apartment Building Fire

082014-mckees-rocks-apartment-fireBy KDKA

MCKEES ROCKS (KDKA)- Fire swept through an apartment building late Tuesday night in McKees Rocks, which forced two families out of their homes.

According to officials at the scene, the fire started around 11:30 p.m. on the first floor of an apartment building on Woodward Avenue.

Heavy fire was seen in the front and rear of the building when crews arrived.

“The fire originated on the first floor, burned up through the second floor and into the roof rafters. We were able to stop it at that point,” said McKees Rocks Fire Chief Nick Raydoycis.

He said the fire marshal is investigating the cause.

Two of the apartments were occupied by families, but they were all able to escape without injury.

The American Red Cross is assisting the families with food, clothing and shelter.

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Video: Somerset apartment building catches fire

081214-somerset-apartment-fireBy Alyssa Choiniere – Daily American

Two people were transported to the hospital and several were left homeless after an apartment building caught fire on North Center Avenue in Somerset Borough.


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Developing Story: Fatal Pleasant Hills Apartment Fire

073014-pleasant-hills-fireBy HoopieWorld.com

There are reports of multiple fatalities at an apartment fire in the 100 blk of Curry Hollow Rd in Pleasant Hills.

The fire reached multiple alarms with multiple ladder trucks scaling the building.

Per TribLive’s Stephanie Hacke, there is one confirmed fatality.

Click here for the initial dispatch audio recording.


Coverage from around the web:

Triblive: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6534804-74/fire-apartment-crews#axzz38xJwFXbU
WTAE: http://www.wtae.com/news/coroner-called-to-apartment-building-fire-in-pleasant-hills/27236040#!brEWQa
WPXI: http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/1-person-killed-pleasant-hills-fire/ngrRd/
KDKA: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/07/30/2-reported-dead-in-pleasant-hills-fire/