Tag: west mifflin

Large Home in West Mifflin Catches Fire


Crews were dispatched to a house fire in West Mifflin this morning at the intersection of McClure Avenue and Skylark Avenue.  The fire was in a large two story house, with fire through the roof.

Units from West Mifflin, Munhall, Homestead, Duquesne, Glassport, and Whitaker are all on scene working to contain the fire with numerous other departments providing standbys.

Check back for further updates.

Here is some coverage from around the web:


Traffic accident, weather problems cause Mon-Yough roads to close

082114-west-mifflin-accidentBy Patrick Cloonan – Trib Total Media

A traffic accident and weather problems tied up a number of Mon-Yough area roads on Wednesday.

Shortly before noon a car collided with a tractor-trailer along Route 837 near the juncture with New England and Coal Hollow roads in West Mifflin.

Police said there were no serious injuries in the crash, which occurred under a railroad overpass near the Valley Hotel. Police and emergency crews from West Mifflin, Pleasant Hills and Jefferson Hills were called to the scene.

The intersection was closed to clean up the accident scene, resulting in backups between Lebanon School Road and the Clairton-Glassport Bridge. For a time, the backup for southbound traffic on Route 837 extended toward the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge in Dravosburg.

One possible alternative route, Curry Hollow Road, was closed to motorists because of a collapsed 60-inch corrugated metal culvert.

Read more

4 families escape apartment fire in West Mifflin

010814-west-mifflin-apartment-fireBy WPXI


Four families escaped an apartment fire in West Mifflin Wednesday night.

“My wife and I were eating dinner, and we’re sitting on the couch and smelled something funny.  We saw smoke coming out underneath our table,” said Eric Kimak, who lives in the apartment on McGowan Avenue.

Kimak and his wife wasted no time.  They grabbed their children and made their way to the first floor.

“My wife ran downstairs to get her mother-in-law and everybody out of the building while the neighbor and I started checking everything.  We got the fire extinguisher,” said Kimak.

Four families stood in the cold as firefighters checked for hotspots in their apartment building.  A good deal of the fire was out when they arrived, Channel 11’s Courtney Brennan reported.

“We have an 18-month-old baby, and he’s sick.  He just went to see the doctor today.  My wife was in a panic to get everybody out,” said Kimak.

A building inspector will visit the building Thursday morning.

Residents are hoping to be back in their apartments soon.  For now, the American Red Cross is assisting the families.

Read more: http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/4-families-escape-apartment-fire-west-mifflin/ncgn9/

Family escapes burning Homeville house

121213-homevilleBy Patrick Cloonan / photo by Ronald Vezzani Jr. – McKeesport Daily News

A West Mifflin couple and their adult daughter were hospitalized on Wednesday night when a smoky fire gutted their home in the borough’s Homeville neighborhood.

Homeville No. 1 Volunteer Fire Co. Chief David Martin said Allegheny County fire marshal’s office is “more than likely” to determine that an electrical problem triggered the fire on E. First Avenue.

Relatives said Daniel and Cheryl Wehrer bought the three-story brick structure 30 years ago.

“There was heavy smoke in the first and second floors,” Martin said. “There was heavy fire in the subdivision. It spread up through the walls to the roof.”

The Wehrers were discharged from UPMC Mercy. They had been taken there by Baldwin EMS for treatment of smoke inhalation, according to a spokeswoman for UPMC.

Information about their daughter’s condition was not available at presstime.

“She was having trouble breathing,” a relative said. Others said she was experiencing chest pains.

Fire companies from Munhall to Glassport assisted the Homeville No. 1 crews called to battle the blaze at 5:11 p.m.

Read more

Man rescued after falling from West Mifflin roof

080113-westmifflinStory by Patrick Cloonan/Photo by Ron Vezzani Jr – McKeesport Daily News

A man was taken to a Pittsburgh trauma center on Wednesday afternoon with injuries sustained when he fell from the roof of a commercial building near West Mifflin’s Century Square.

West Mifflin Skyview No. 3 and Pleasant Hills volunteer firefighters provided ladder trucks to assist Baldwin EMS paramedics at 7045 Clairton Road.

Allegheny County dispatchers said the incident was called in at 1:32 p.m. and involved a 42-year-old man, though officials could not confirm an age.

“He fell 25 feet onto a subroof off of the main roof,” Baldwin EMS Assistant Chief Todd Plunkett said.

Paramedics said the man was conscious when they arrived to stabilize him.

Plunkett said the man was placed in a Stokes basket and taken off the subroof by the Skyview No. 3 ladder truck.

Read more

West Mifflin blaze remains under investigation

070413-duqannexBy Daily News

West Mifflin police, firefighters and the Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office continue to investigate the cause of a house fire along Sylvan Avenue.

Authorities at the scene declined to speculate if fireworks may have sparked the Thursday night blaze.

Homeowner Bill Margita told Trib Total Media news exchange partner WPXI-11 that he planned to fix the vacant home and sell it to his daughter. He said he believed the blaze was caused by fireworks.

“There was a tree in the side back there, in the back porch, that’s gone,” Margita said. “It looks like that tree must have caught the house on fire and burned up the back of the house. That’s why I’m thinking the fireworks came off the hill and did it.”

The house had working utilities that were disconnected as part of firefighters’ response to the blaze.

“I think about other people, what they lose, so I guess I’m in the category with one of them that’s supposed to lose. As long as I got a job, that’s all that counts. This stuff, I can always collect again,” Margita said.

Read more

Brush fires blaze along rails in several Mon Valley towns

050613-dravosburgaBy Michael Divittorio and Eric Slagle – McKeesport Daily News

Firefighters from several communities responded to multiple brush fires along Norfolk Southern train tracks from Dravosburg to West Mifflin on Monday evening.

At least six fires were reported on the embankment in Dravosburg and West Mifflin. White smoke filled that section of the Mon Valley.

“Service on that line was not disrupted,” Norfolk Southern public relations manager Dave Pidgeon said.

The fires could be seen along the railroad tracks between the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge and Coal Valley Road shortly before 5:30 p.m.

Glassport fire Chief Wayne Lewis said a hot wheel on a passing train may have sparked the blazes.

Pidgeon said the fires are under investigation.

Read more