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Fire damages apartment building in Arnold

072114-arnold-house-fireBy Braden Ashe – photo by Dan Speicher / Tribune-Review

Firefighters spent more than two hours Sunday morning extinguishing an apartment building fire at Drey Street and Kenneth Avenue in Arnold.

Arnold fire Chief J.C. Tedorski said crews responded about 6 a.m. to a report of a first-floor fire in the two-story building. When they arrived, he said, a “heavy amount of flames” was showing from a first-floor window and spreading through the second story to the roof.

Tenants in all four of the brick building’s apartments were home when the fire started but safely evacuated without injury, according to Tedorski.

Arnold, New Kensington and Lower Burrell firefighters began immediately combating the first-story flames before turning their attention to the roof, where the fire was spreading rapidly.

“Once the fire got in between the ceiling and the roof, it ran through the whole area,” Tedorski said. “It’s an old building — really well constructed — so there was a lot of heavy, hard work being done to break through the ceiling from the interior to take care of the hot spots up there.”

West Penn Power crews responded about 45 minutes into the call to de-energize a power line to the house that was raining sparks on the firefighters below.

“They were able to cut it down without interrupting power to any of the other houses, but there were some intense moments as the wire was melting,” Tedorski said. “It was burning off the side of the house and sparking. It could have posed a real problem.”

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2 hurt when car, SUV collide in Arnold

021814-arnold-accidentBy The Tribune-Review – photo by Erica Dietz Valley News Dispatch

Two people were hurt and taken to hospitals after a two-vehicle crash at Constitution Boulevard and Drey Street in Arnold shortly after 8 p.m. Monday.

According to Arnold police Chief Willie Weber, a car driven south on Constitution by Ayoola Ogunfowokan, 29, of Whitehall ran the stop sign at Drey Street.

Weber said Ogunfowokan broadsided an SUV heading down the hill on Drey Street that was driven by John Durand, 45, of New Kensington. The impact caused the SUV to roll onto its side on a set of railroad tracks.

Durand suffered minor injuries and was taken to Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison; a passenger, Timothy Metzler, 47, also of New Kensington, was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh with minor injuries.

Ogunfowokan, who was not hurt, will be charged with traffic violations, Weber said.

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Car smashes into Arnold home

021214-arnold-car-in-houseBy Chuck Biedka and Liz Hayes – photo by Jason Bridge – Valley News Dispatch

An Arnold woman who lobbied to keep big trucks off Murray Avenue was injured Tuesday morning when an out-of-control car slammed into her house.

Sherry Ashbaugh, 42, of 2125 Leishman Ave., which sits at the bottom of the very steep Murray Avenue, was in fair condition Tuesday night in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, where she had been flown.

Her two children, ages 3 and 5, were with Ashbaugh when the car roared into the house just after 10:30 a.m., but they were unharmed. Ashbaugh’s husband, Harry, was at work.

The driver, Richard Swiklinski, 64, of the 300 block of Murray Avenue, was in good condition at AGH, where he was taken by ambulance.

“He may have had a mechanical failure,” Arnold police Sgt. Mike Krahe said.

A state police accident reconstruction team was helping police with the investigation.

A security camera at neighbor Cynthia Headen’s house captured the car coming down the hill. It doesn’t appear to slow down just before impact.

The four-door Ford Taurus went into the house where the front door stood. It went all the way through to the back corner, with the driver’s side front punching a hole through the house’s side near the back porch.

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Residents escape blaze in Arnold

100913-arnoldBy Chuck Biedka / photo by Eric Felack – Valley News Dispatch

Two men were able to get out of their burning house at 1725 Kenneth Ave. in Arnold Wednesday morning.

The fire of unknown origin damaged the upstairs of the house owned by brothers Roger and Wayne Burkett.

It was the second significant fire in the house since 2007 in a neighborhood of neat brick and wood-frame houses between Richmond and Rankin streets.

“I was asleep upstairs. I woke up and couldn’t see. There was smoke. It smelled electrical. I called for my brother downstairs and got up and we left,” said Roger, 62.

He said he and his 64-year-old brother got out just before 9 a.m.

Firefighters were able to keep the flames from causing apparent damage to houses on either side of their gray-sided two story house.

“We were remodeling it,” Roger Burkett lamented.

The brothers were staying inside a sister’s house across the street.

Arnold Police Chief Willie Weber said he and another officer were on patrol when 911 told them about smoke seen in the area.

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Arnold police officers remove woman from burning house – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

photo by Eric Felack - Valley News Dispatch


By Valley News Dispatch

Two Arnold police officers pulled a woman from her burning house at 1609 Woodmont Ave. just before 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Kailee Villella , 27, was apparently uninjured, but didn’t want to leave her home without her three cats and a chameleon.

Chief Willie Weber and Patrolman Ryan Olszewski helped her from the second floor and out via a back porch.

A neighbor and two city garbage collectors earlier tried to get the woman to leave, but she refused.

One cat was saved and the chameleon was taken to an animal hospital.

Villela’s boyfriend, Brandon Smith, 23, left work and came to the scene.

“We don’t have insurance. I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Smith said.

The house was heavily damaged. No estimate on the loss was immediately available.

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Fire Headlines: Demolition, Fatal MVA, Arnold Bar Fire, WWII Explosive Found

I can’t believe its July 1st already.  Time is flying by again.

Here is a look at your Western PA Firefighting Headlines for July 1st, 2009.

  • In a proactive response to the arson problems in the Sheraden section of Pittsburgh, the city has started demolition on abandoned vacant structures.  Police suspect more than one person is behind the rash of arsons that have hit that section of the city. [WTAE]
  • A teen was killed and 3 others injured when his vehicle collided with a U-Haul truck in Harrison Twp shortly before 11pm last night. [WTAE]

Harrison Twp - photo by WTAE

Harrison Twp - photo by WTAE

  • Firefighters found a wild discovery after extinguishing a fire in the Troy Hill of Pittsburgh yesterday.  The home contained a World War II aerial explosive device inside.  The explosives were not active and posed no threat to anyone close to the scene. [WTAE]
  • Arnold, New Kensington, and Lower Burrell firefighters battled a stubborn commercial structure fire at Dave’s Bar and Grill in Arnold yesterday. [Valley News]

Arnold Bar Fire - photo by Jason Bridge/Valley News Dispatch

Arnold Bar Fire - photo by Jason Bridge/Valley News Dispatch

  • Connellsville Township has banned burning for two months effective today. [Daily Courier]
  • And finally, northwestern Pennsylvania got hammered by rains yesterday, including Erie.  [WICU12]