Daily Dispatch: Pennsylvania News
House fire kills Lancaster couple on Valentine's Day
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:04:53 -0800
A Pennsylvania couple have died in a Valentine’s Day fire at their home. Officials tell LNP that Jose and Lydia Montes, both 59, were found unconscious on the second floor of their Lancaster home early Thursday. They died at the hospital. Family members say the couple had health issues, and Lydia Montes used a walker.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 2:04:53 PM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Allentown, developer Nat Hyman reach settlement in dispute over fire cleanup
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:55:24 -0800
Allentown officials and developer Nat Hyman have reached a settlement in a dispute over the cost of cleanup from a blaze that gutted one of the developer’s properties in Center City. Hyman paid the city $132,363 for the demolition of 418 N. Franklin St., an unoccupied warehouse severely damaged in an Oct.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 8:55:24 AM - SOURCE: Allentown Morning Call
Police: West Manchester Twp. firefighter made fake 911 calls
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 11:35:38 -0800
A West Manchester Township firefighter is facing charges after police said he made six false 911 calls over a period of more than a month. Police said Isaiah Smith, 18, admitted he was bored when he falsely reported a gas leak at the Wyndham Garden hotel on Jan. 31. That was the sixth he reported since Dec.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 11:35:38 AM - SOURCE: York Dispatch
Carbon Monoxide Alarm Prompts Evacuation At Carnegie Mellon University Dorm in Oakland
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 07:57:22 -0800
VIDEO: A carbon monoxide alarm has prompted the evacuation of a dorm this morning on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Oakland. According to CMU officials, students were moved out of the Fairfax Annex Housing Building after a carbon monoxide alarm sounded. According to emergency officials, the alarm may have been caused by a faulty furnace.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 7:57:22 AM - SOURCE: KDKA
House along Route 356 in Allegheny Township destroyed by fire
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 10:44:17 -0800
No one was injured, but a house was destroyed Thursday afternoon in a fire along Route 356 in Allegheny Township. The fire closed a portion of the road for about six hours as multiple fire departments worked to get the blaze under control. Route 356 reopened about 7:30 p.m. The fire was initially reported just before 1:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 10:44:17 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
William Rigby named new fire commissioner in Chester
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 16:49:00 -0800
City Council approved the promotion of Deputy Commissioner William Rigby to fire commissioner at Wednesday’s regular meeting. Members of the department stood around the walls of council chambers as Rigby was sworn in by Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland. Rigby, who has served as deputy commissioner since 2016, fills the position vacated with the recent retirement of Commissioner Travis E.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 4:49:00 PM - SOURCE: Delaware County Daily Times
City of Easton honors retired fire chief
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 19:51:18 -0800
The city of Easton honored retired Fire Chief John Bast on Wednesday night. Easton City Council presented Bast with a certificate of appreciation for his nearly 30 years of service. Bast, an Easton resident, began his career as an Easton firefighter in 1989. He acted as fire chief for the past 12 years.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 7:51:18 PM - SOURCE: WFMZ-TV Channel 69
Dog Rescued From Icy Pond in Monroe County
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:49:44 -0800
VIDEO: This was an unforgettable snow day for a family in the Poconos. They had to think fast to save their dog from an icy pond. Ollie the dog is wet, but recovering. 11-year-old Charlotte Kish is still recovering, too. "It's never happened before, and it was just very scary," she says. Around 10:30 Wednesday morning, Ollie was outside playing when he got stuck in the icy pond behind the family's house off Route 191 in Stroud Township.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 3:49:44 PM - SOURCE: WBRE-TV PaHomePage.com
Hearts for Our Heroes: Religious school opens its heart to Newtowns' first responders
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:03:34 -0800
Homemade chocolate chip cookies, brownies and sugar cookies. Nothing says thank you quite like a home-baked, delicious cookie. On Feb. 10, during a special “Hearts for Our Heroes” reception at the Newtown Township building, parents and students from the Howard Hersch Religious School at Congregation Brothers of Israel delivered a heartfelt thank you to their local heroes with words, music, handmade notes of appreciation and more than 500 home-baked cookies.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 1:03:34 PM - SOURCE: Bucks Local News
Truck fire slows traffic on Pennsylvania Turnpike near Morgantown
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:23:05 -0800
VIDEO: A tractor-trailer hauling pineapples and bananas along the Pennsylvania Turnpike burst into flames near the Morgantown interchange (Exit 298) in Berks County. The fire was reported shortly after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the westbound lanes, between mileposts 296.6 and 296.5, in Caernarvon Township.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 3:23:05 PM - SOURCE: WFMZ-TV Channel 69
Chester County Fire Chiefs Association celebrates volunteer firefighter couples on Valentine's Day
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 05:08:31 -0800
To help celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Chester County Fire Chiefs Association is paying special tribute to couples who keep the spark of romance alive by saving lives together as volunteer firefighters. Malvern Battalion Fire Chief Neil Vaughn came to Andrea’s rescue after she was in a car accident during slippery winter conditions.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 5:08:31 AM - SOURCE: Coatesville Daily Local News
New system helps EMS crews respond effectively to 9-1-1 calls in Huntingdon County
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 15:17:50 -0800
Southern Alleghenies EMS Council is working hard to provide the best and most effective care for the people in the community. Huntingdon County has used the ambulance availability system for the past two years. It lets 911 dispatch centers know which agencies have personnel ready to respond. “There have been situations where the 9-1-1 center has had to go through two, three, even four agencies in order to get an ambulance to respond to something.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 3:17:50 PM - SOURCE: WTAJ-TV We Are CentralPA.com
Luzerne County: Ex-fire company treasurer charged with theft waives hearing
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 19:57:44 -0800
A former treasurer for Germania Hose Co. in Duryea charged with stealing more than $102,000 from the first responder agency waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Luzerne County Central Court. Duryea police in November charged Eric John Wruble, 42, of Swetland Street, Duryea, alleging he stole cash to pay personal bills and buy a 2009 Dodge pickup truck, and used a Germania credit card to purchase gas-powered lawn tools since 2009.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 7:57:44 PM - SOURCE: Times Leader
Fire destroys maple camp east of Meyersdale
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 18:54:04 -0800
Black Bear Maple Camp, along White Oak Hollow Road in Larimer Township, was deemed a total loss after a fire destroyed the camp Tuesday afternoon. Roger and Cindy Newman, of Swanton, Maryland, own and operate the camp. They built the camp in 2017 in cooperation with the Marlin Sherbine family of Somerset.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 6:54:04 PM - SOURCE: Bradford Era
Explosions rumble underground in Center City
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:41:28 -0800
Crews in Philadelphia are investigating multiple underground incidents in Center City on Tuesday afternoon. Fire officials tell Action News that just before 7:45 a.m. a large noise was heard underground near 20th Street, between Chestnut and Ranstead streets. Firefighters arrived on scene with smoke coming up from a manhole cover.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 12:41:28 PM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV 6 ABC.com
Wyoming fire chief resigns amid allegations
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:21:59 -0800
Less than a month after being appointed, the fire chief of Wyoming Borough has resigned. Thomas Skilonger, of Wyoming Hose Co. No. 1, submitted his resignation recently, according to Councilman Michael Baloga. “We did get a letter from the mayor that the fire chief resigned. That’s the only thing we heard,” Baloga said.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 2:21:59 PM - SOURCE: Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice
Hunting Park fire under investigation, man injured
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 04:37:39 -0800
The fire marshal is investigating a house fire in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia that injured a 61-year-old man. It broke out around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday on the 3500 block of North 8th Street. Fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke on the second floor of the home. The 61-year-old man was taken to the hospital after suffering smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 4:37:39 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV 6 ABC.com
Firefighters Battle Blaze At Vandergrift Church
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 14:46:44 -0800
Fire damaged a church in Vandergrift on Monday. It smoldered for most of the day before anyone realized what was happening. Firefighters from Vandergrift and several neighboring volunteer fire departments made quick work of the late Monday afternoon fire in the First United Methodist Church. The pastor, Rev.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 2:46:44 PM - SOURCE: KDKA 2 Pittsburgh
$200,000 in damage caused to home after fire in Dauphin County
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 01:45:21 -0800
An estimated $200,000 in damage was caused to a home after a fire. According to the Susquehanna Township Fire Department Fire Chief, George Drees, the flames broke out at a home in the 1400 block of Regency Drive in Susquehanna Township just after midnight on February 12. No one was home at the time of the fire, and it was spotted from a neighboring home.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 1:45:21 AM - SOURCE: WPMT-TV Fox 43
Firefighters deal with basement fire in Frackville
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 17:30:18 -0800
Firefighters received reports of possible entrapment at a house fire in Schuylkill County, this morning. Crews say when they arrived at the home on south center street in Frackville they found smoke outside the house and soon learned the fire was in the basement. Fortunately after a search of the house, fire fighters found no one was inside at the time of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 5:30:18 PM - SOURCE: WBRE-TV PaHomePage.com
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