Crews from western Pa responded to five different structure fires on Thursday.
Area structure fire report for Thursday March 16th, 2017:
Just before 10am crews responded to Dille Run Road in Morris Township in Washington county to battle a residential structure fire. The two story log cabin home was destroyed, and the fire was fueled by high winds. The Observer-Report has more at this link
Morris Twp (Washington Cnty) photo courtesy Observer-Reporter
By Molly Born / photo by Darrell Sapp – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Firefighters in Beaver County were battling three fires this morning, all reported within about an hour and a few miles of each other.
Crews are still on scene putting out flames at a home on 2120 Richie St. in Aliquippa, which was reported at 4:50 a.m., a Beaver County dispatcher said.
Also in Aliquippa, firefighters brought under control a house fire at 221 Wykes St. and were checking for remaining sources of heat that could rekindle the blaze around 7 a.m. The fire was reported at 3:42 a.m.
No one was injured in the two house fires, the dispatcher said, and the Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania was helping displaced families. Both managed to escape.
In Brighton, a barn fire at 165 Hall Road was reported at 3:55 a.m. Thirty lambs died and three horses were killed or had to be put down because of their burns, the dispatcher said. No other injuries were reported there.
By Liz Hayes / photo by Erik Felack – Valley News Dispatch
Larry Musselman and Tammy McKendree returned to their Allegheny Township horse rescue on Monday afternoon to find two of their barns in flames.
“When we came back, the fire trucks were already here and it was engulfed,” said Musselman, who manages the LLM Holdings Trust, which owns the Markle Road farm known as Ladave Farms.
Markle Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Chuck Hibner said the fire was reported about 3 p.m. When crews arrived, flames from one barn were starting to spread to a neighboring structure that Musselman said dates to 1876.
“They were successful in knocking this one down,” Hibner said of the fire at the older barn, which showed only a few singe marks on the exterior green paint.
But the newer barn was destroyed. Musselman and McKendree said its contents included a hay elevator, six tractors, two horse carriages and about 2,000 bails of hay.
“It’s the winter hay for the horses,” Musselman said.
All nine horses had been turned out to pasture and were not in the barn during the fire. One horse that had been tied up near the barn was led out of harm’s way and placidly munched grass alongside the farm’s lengthy driveway, which was lined with fire trucks.
By The Butler Eagle
BUFFALO TWP — Several hundred bales of hay and farm equipment were destroyed late Thursday night when a large barn went up in flames.
Terry Macurdy, owner of the more than 120-year-old barn at 313 Monroe Road, believes lightning sparked the fire.
It apparently hit so close that a circuit breaker was tripped in the house, but electrical power was only lost for a second or two.
At 9 p.m., while sitting in his living room, Macurdy noticed flames coming from the two-story barn with a loft.
“The whole wall facing the house was on fire,” he said.
He managed to get into the back of the barn and remove two tractors before the fire took control of the entire structure.
“I lost a grain drill and corn picker,” he said, “and 400 bale of hay.”
He suspected the hay helped fuel the initial fire on the front side of the barn.
photo/story by Adamsburg & Community VFD
Quint 10 was activated and arrived first due in Fort Allen (104?s District) for a Working Barn Fire. Engine 10, Rescue 10, and Service 10 responded in to assist with operations. Quint 10 supplied two hand lines, Engine 10 supplied Engine 104 and Engine 61. Chief 10 handled tanker operations due to a lack of fire Hydrants near by. Responding Units included E104,E112,E61,R61,F21,E21,T14,T19,T74,T75, The Township Special Equipment, Station 320 and Support 610.
Here are your firefighting and rescue headlines for Western Pennsylvania, for Thursday, August 27th.
- There was a two alarm house fire in Kennedy Twp this morning on Sunset Drive. [WPXI]
- The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating a huge barn fire at the Montour Heights Country Club this morning in Moon Twp. At this point, the fire does not appear to be suspicious. [KDKA]
Moon Twp - photo by KDKA
- Pittsburgh International Airport held a mock disaster drill yesterday. Per the FAA, a mock disaster drill must be completed at least once every three years. [Tribune-Review]
photo by Joe Appel/Tribune-Review
- Ten vehicles were damaged by fire at Taylor Auto Repair & Sales in the Overbrook section of Pittsburgh yesterday. [Tribune-Review]
- Also Tuesday into Wednesday, crews in Lincoln were called to assist with rescuing a male out of the woods in Dead Man’s Hollow. A firefighter suffered a leg injury due to a chainsaw during the rescue. The firefighter is home resting after receiving treatment at a local hospital. [WTAE]