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.
By WTAJ News
PORTAGE, CAMBRIA COUNTY – A small town restaurant favorite went up in flames Tuesday afternoon.
For more than two hours, firefighters battled a fire at the Portage Bakery along Main Street.
Eight fire departments responded to the Cambria County blaze around 3:30pm.
The fire marshal will be on scene to determine what started the fire.
Two firefighters were hurt but not seriously.
One of those firefighters went to the hospital for heat exhaustion.
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By KDKA – photo by Dennis Lane
WINFIELD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze at a Butler County restaurant Sunday afternoon.
According to officials at the scene, the fire broke out at the Star Grill in the 500-block of Marwood Road in Winfield Township.
The initial call came in shortly after noon.
There are no reported injuries and the cause of the fire has not been determined.
Firefighters also used water tanks to fight the fire.
Damage estimates were not immediately known.
The Altoona Firefighters were called to the three thousand block of Beale Avenue for a business fire. This is the aftermath of the Amerway Building.
It is a company that works on stained glass windows.
The County Dispatch says the crews were called to the building just after eleven thirty Thursday morning.
There is no word on what caused that fire.
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At least one barn was destroyed by fire Tuesday while two other structures were in danger in Ligonier Township.
The Westmoreland Department of Public Safety reported the blaze started just after 9:30 p.m. The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes.
No injuries were reported, and a dispatcher said firefighters on the scene reported the buildings were vacant.
Responding were firefighters from Darlington, Ligonier, Ligonier Township, Wilpen, Waterford, Youngstown, Cook and Chestnut Ridge.
A cause had not been determined late Tuesday night.
By Tara Kinsell – Observer-Reporter
CLARKSVILLE – It took more than two hours to contain a fire that broke out around noon Wednesday in the brick and block building that houses Muhly’s Little Restaurant at 137 Center Street in Clarksville. It was unclear if the fire started in an upstairs apartment or in the kitchen of the restaurant.
“Somebody had just bought a pop and a few items in the store and he came back in and yelled for everybody to ‘get out, get out, there’s a fire,’” said Eileen Muhly, owner of the store and restaurant. “He said, ‘You’ve got a bad fire out here.’”
Muhly said the flames were shooting out of the roof above the kitchen and an apartment she recently rented out. She quickly phoned the tenant.
“I reached him at work. His kids sometimes stay with him, but they were with their mother. I know it sounds cliché but the main thing is nobody got hurt. I’m more concerned about these guys,” Muhly said, motioning toward the firefighters.
Volunteers from the Clarksville, Jefferson, Rices Landing, Denbo Vesta 6, Richeyville and East Bethlehem volunteer fire departments responded to the scene. Clarksville firefighters found themselves at a disadvantage when the company’s pumper truck began to leak fluid, rendering it inoperable.
By Deedee Sun – erietvnews.com
A massive fire at a farm in Crawford County destroys a machinery shed, along with the equipment used to manage 1200 acres of farmland in Linesville.
The fire started just after 7:30pm on Tuesday, at 4209 Wheeler Road.
As soon as Julie Wheeler saw the fire, she knew it was bad.
“It was to the point where I knew there wasn’t any saving it,” she said. She owns the property with her husband.
Now the Wheeler family doesn’t know how they’ll manage the fall harvest.
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“Everything we own right now, chopper, combine, drills, cedar, hay. Everything we’re going to need for the fall,” Wheeler said.
The big columns of smoke spiraling into the sky from the farm could be seen from miles away. It’s what first gave the Linesville fire department a heads up to the problem. The fire crews were dispatched immediately after they saw the smoke, but as soon as they arrived, the crews knew it was going to be a total loss.