KDKA Photojournalist Scott Danka
AMBRIDGE (KDKA) — Crews remain on the scene of an intense fire in Beaver County this morning.
The blaze broke out before 6 a.m. at a three-story building on Merchant Street in Ambridge.
The building, which houses a store on the bottom floor and five apartments above, quickly filled with smoke.
There were initial reports of people being trapped inside, but they were all able to escape.
Emergency officials say several people were being treated for smoke inhalation.
KDKA’s Ross Guidotti reports two firefighters were rescued by other crews after falling through a stairwell inside. They were shaken up, but said to be doing okay.
Firefighters say they are trying to keep the blaze from spreading to neighboring buildings. The building where the blaze originally started has been destroyed.
Crews have also closed off Merchant Street to traffic while they bring the fire under control.
Here is video from kdka:
Also found this set of pictures of the fire at this link http://sadds.blogspot.com/2012/09/ambridge-fire.html.
Article from WPXI
PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Fire burned through a home in Westmoreland County, one day before its owners were scheduled to move in.It started on Duncan Street in Penn Township at around 12:05 a.m. Tuesday. The two-story house was being renovated, so no one was inside. The couple who own it were supposed to move in Wednesday. Investigators did not know the cause of the fire. They also did not say if the fire is considered suspicious.
photo by WTAE
PITCAIRN, Pa. — Allegheny County officials reported a fire in Pitcairn damaged three houses early Monday morning.No injuries have been reported but a number of people were evacuated from the homes in the 300 block of Second Street.
The fire was reported around 2:20 a.m. It took more than two hours and seven fire departments to get the flames in the two houses and one apartment building under control. According to fire investigators the fire started in the middle building and then spread to either side.The Pitcairn fire chief said they are treating the fire as suspicious.Red Cross officials said they are assisting 10 adults and five children with food, clothing and housing.Traffic Watch 4’s Scott Stiller reported that Wall Avenue is closed this morning between Route 130 and Third Street due to the fire activity.
Story and more on WTAE’s website.
Here are your Western PA fire and rescue headlines for August 13th, 2009.
- Crews battled a huge warehouse fire in Jackson Twp, Butler county over night. A fire broke out at Plant Growers Workshop and reports are there were 14 companies called to assist. [WPXI]
Jackson Twp Fire - WPXI
- McKeesport responded to a fatal vehicle accident over night on Eden Park Boulevard. [WPXI]
- Holiday Park VFD received 2 oxygen mask kits for pets from Invisible Fence Co of Pittsburgh. [Tribune-Review]
Photo by Tribune Review
- A home reportedly worth $2.5 million dollars burned down in Murrysville. Neighbors heard an explosion prior to the fire. [Tribune-Review]
Here are your Western Pennsylvania Firefighting & Rescue News for Monday, July 13th, 2009.
- McKeesport crews battled another house fire, this time it started around 3am on McCleary Street. [WTAE]
McKeesport - Photo by WTAE
- For under the lets park our vehicle in a house file, there was a truck into a house in Shaler this morning [WTAE] and last evening crews in Forward Twp dealt with a pickup truck into a house on Airport Road [Hoopie World].
Shaler - Photo by WTAE
- Article in the Post-Gazette today regarding dwindling volunteer numbers across Allegheny county, and as we know, it expands across much of the state. [Post-Gazette]
- One resident was injured during a house fire in Wilkinsburg Saturday night. [Tribune-Review]
- Good news in Millvale where they arrested a homeless man who admitted setting a fire to a duplex on Saturday. [Tribune-Review]
- Donora and the surrounding areas had to deal with an ammonia leak from Airgas Specialty Products in the Donora Industrial Park. This is the 2nd ammonia leak of the week for western PA. [Tribune-Review]
- The Laurel Valley Ambulance Service had their GPS stolen out of an ambulance. Another story that just makes you shake your head. [Tribune-Review]
- Congratulations to Everson VFD on celebrating their 100th year anniversary. [Daily Courier]
- On a similar note, the Fayette Firemen’s Convention kicks off in Everson. [Daily Courier]
- Instigators are back to the scene today in Rostraver trying to determine if a propane tank exploded and caused a fire there on Friday. [WPXI]
Here are your western PA firefighting headlines for June 23rd, 2009
- A tractor trailer caught on fire on the parkway east near the Squirrel Hill tunnels. Like traffic isn’t screwed up enough around there, huh? Story and video on WPXI.
- Yet another vacant house caught on fire this morning. This one occurred in Uniontown around 5:30am today and is under investigation. [WPXI]
- A tractor trailer rolled over and took out a utility pole yesterday and luckily stopped short of a house in Ellwood City. [WPXI]
Ellwood City Tractor Trailer Accident - WPXI
- McKeesport had a structure fire this morning on a yep, you guessed it, a vacant house. It occurred in the 1600 block of Cornell Street.
- There was a SUV rollover accident on Allegheny River Blvd near Nadine Rd in Penn Hills this morning. [KDKA]
- Crews fought a residential structure fire in South Huntingdon yesterday. [Tribune-Review]
South Huntingdon Fire - photo by Sarah Beth Glicksteen/Tribune-Review
- Four people were rescued from the Allegheny river near Tarentum by another boater. [Valley News Dispatch]
- Aliquippa fire department was able to extinguish an electrical fire before it turned bad. [Beaver County Times]
- Fallen firefighter, Michael Crotty, who was Deputy Chief of Lawrence Park, was honored and his family received the Purple Heart in a ceremony on Monday. [WICU Erie]
- Interesting article regarding 911 Dispatching in Erie County. Per the article, the general public is losing faith in the 911 center and actually calling the police, ambulance, or fire stations directly. [WICU Erie]
Fire gutted unit 100 of the Cliffside Manor Apartment Complex off of Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth. Companies included Em sworth, Ben Avon, and Avalon. (When was the last time you saw an AMC Gremlin, much less a Gremlin fire chief’s vehicle?)