By Tim Karan / photo Cindy Shegan Keeley – McKeesport Daily News
Firefighters don’t only rescue civilians. Sometimes they save each other.
During the weekend, Elizabeth Township-based Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Co. gave one of its trucks to a Greene County department in need.
Chief Chris Evans said Blaine Hill had been looking to sell or donate its 1971 Mack CF-600 pumper truck for the past several months. When the Clarksville Fire Department inquired about it, Evans said he knew what needed to be done.
“We have another engine and we don’t need two,” he said. “This truck was just sitting in the garage collecting dust and we really wanted to see it go to people who need it.”
Evans said the truck, which served Blaine Hill for 11 years, had been largely unused for the past several and has been out of service since June. The department has several other trucks.
“Our newer engine is a 1997 (model),” he said. “The older truck is also a stick shift and it was getting difficult to find guys who can drive it.”
By Hoopie World
Shortly after 3am fire crews were dispatched to the Rib Crib restaurant on Park Avenue in the Blaine Hills section of Elizabeth Twp for a commercial structure fire.
Blaine Hill 142’s officer arrived on scene and assumed incident command and reported light smoke from the exterior and heavy smoke inside. Engine 142 and Elizabeth Boro Engine 139 crews made entry and made a good knockdown on the fire. Jefferson Hills Truck 180 handled truck operations. Glassport 161 handled RIT operations. Also on scene assisting were Engines from Central 140 Station 7, Clairton 123, Lincoln 184, and ETFD 140 Station 3. Greenock 140 Truck 4 stoodby in Central’s station, and Sutersville Westmoreland Rescue 11 and Clairton Rescue 123 stood by in Blaine Hill’s station. Elrama Washington County Engine 24 stood by in Elizabeth Boro’s station.
Many responding units were just clearing a vacant house fire in West Elizabeth at the time of this alarm.
Most units were back in service approximately an hour and a half into the incident. The cause is under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshals office.
Eric Slagle – Daily News
By Eric Slagle – triblive.com – Mckeesport Daily News
Fire crews responded to 305 Shaffer Ave. in Elizabeth Township’s Blaine Hill neighborhood on Thursday after fire swept rapidly through a single-story home at about 3:30 p.m.
Two adults were in the home at the time of the blaze, and reports indicate that a female was transported to a Pittsburgh hospital for evaluation.
Firefighters said the main floor of the structure was fully involved when they arrived.
Elizabeth Township Fire Department Chief Chris Molinaro said crews had to cut a hole in the roof to fight the fire which, had gotten into the attic.
Sandra Davis, who lives next door, said she didn’t know about the fire until she received a phone call from a neighbor.
“I looked out my side window and I could see the smoke,” she said. “It happened so quickly. It’s scary.”
All township departments responded to the scene, as did fire teams from Elizabeth borough and Sutersville.
The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating.
By Eric Slagle – triblive.com
Supporters of six suspended Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Co. firefighters turned out for a small rally in the rain in front of the fire station Monday evening.
Most of those attending were family and friends of the firefighters, including two firefighters from a volunteer department in Benwood, W.Va., near Wheeling.
“They asked if we could come out and show support, and so we did,” said Benwood firefighter Garson Taylor, who explained that he met Blaine Hill volunteers while participating in a parade with other departments.
The rally occurred while trustees gathered for a special closed-door meeting in the fire station.
Blaine Hill remains an active fire company.