Friday, March 22, 2013
Heidelberg firefighters are rallying around one of their own members after his house was destroyed by fire early Thursday morning, leaving six people homeless. Find out how you can help the family.
Heidelberg firefighters are rallying around one of their own members after his house was destroyed by fire early Thursday morning, leaving six people homeless. The home at 476 First St. sustained major damage after the blaze began shortly after midnight Thursday and rekindled hours later. Firefighter Jason Adkins, who has been a member for seven years, shared the home with his wife, their two boys, and his father and grandmother. The American Red Cross is helping the family and paying for them to stay in a hotel and providing them with supplies. Heidelberg fire Chief Joe Wissel Jr. said his department is also working to get donations from the community to help the family. Wissel said everyone, including the family’s dogs, made it out …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A Bridgeville home sustained smoke damage and its garage was destroyed when a car caught fire Monday afternoon.
A Bridgeville home sustained smoke damage and its garage was destroyed when a car caught fire inside. Bridgeville fire Chief Bill Chilleo said the car was parked inside the garage at 247 May Ave. around 2 p.m. Monday. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze before it did more damage to the home. Chilleo said the garage was destroyed from the car fire and there was some smoke damage to other parts of the home. No one was injured in the fire. The Allegheny County fire marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze. Like the Chartiers Valley Patch Facebook page or sign up for our Daily E-mail Newsletter
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Chartiers Valley middle/high school campus was evacuated Thursday morning for a minor electrical fire in the LGI room.
A minor electrical fire at the Chartiers Valley middle/high school campus forced students to briefly evacuate the buildings Thursday morning. The entire campus was evacuated shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday after a plug in the LGI room apparently started smoking. Students were led outside, but one parent said they were later taken to the school gym. High school students apparently were sent to the football stadium before being brought back inside to wait for the problem to be resolved. Firefighters said a floor outlet in the LGI room was smoking from the electrical fire. Maintenance workers shut off the power. It’s not known if there is any damage to the room The students were back in the school by 9 a.m. Thursday, a district spokesperson …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Allegheny County fire marshal’s office is investigating how a fire started inside a Scott Township home Monday afternoon and why it spread so quickly.
The Allegheny County fire marshal’s office is investigating how a fire started inside a Scott Township home Monday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the home at 119 Bygate Circle shortly after 1 p.m. and found the kitchen and hallway engulfed in flames. “It was rocking pretty good,” Glendale fire Chief Tom Salerno said of the flames. “There was a lot of heat.” Salerno said the home’s resident called them after he found a towel on fire in the kitchen. Moments later, the fire spread to the hallway, causing severe damage to the home, Salerno said. Two Allegheny County fire marshals were at the scene by 2 p.m. after firefighters had contained the blaze. Salerno said they called the Allegheny County fire marshals because firefighters aren’…
Monday, January 28, 2013
A fire inside a Scott Township home quickly spread and caused substantial damage to the residence Monday afternoon. No was one injured in the fire.
A fire inside a Scott Township home quickly spread and caused substantial damage to the residence Monday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the home at 119 Bygate Circle just off Swallow Hill Road around 1:14 p.m. after a resident came home and found a towel on fire, Glendale fire Chief Tom Salerno said. He said the fire then quickly spread from the kitchen down the hallway. “It was rocking pretty good,” Salerno said. “There was a lot of heat.” He said firefighters were able to contain the fire quickly, but it still caused “quite a bit of damage.” The Allegheny County fire marshal was called to the scene to investigate. No injuries were reported. Sign up for our Daily E-mail Newsletter or Like the Chartiers Valley Patch Facebook page
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
A garbage truck picked up a load of trash at the Kirwan Heights Industrial Park when the driver said he heard an explosion and saw flames coming from the rear of the vehicle.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Mike Jones
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
With high winds and rain from the remnants of Superstorm Sandy pounding western Pennsylvania, it was a trash fire that had Kirwan Heights firefighters on alert late Monday night. A garbage truck picked up a load of trash at the Kirwan Heights Industrial Park shortly after 11 p.m. when the driver said he heard an explosion and saw flames coming from the rear of the vehicle. He found an open gravel lot and dumped the load into a pile of flaming trash. “It was unusual,” Kirwan Heights fire Chief Mark Lewis said. “Those things are usually pretty sticky.” Lewis said someone in the industrial park along Mayer Street apparently had dumped chemicals into the trash, which mixed with water in the truck and ignited. Firefighters quickly extinguished …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Presto volunteer firefighters spent Thursday teaching Chartiers Valley Primary School students about fire safety.
Laughter filled the air when Sparky, a 7-foot-tall Dalmatian mascot dressed up in a firefighter coat, rolled around the ground to demonstrate how to “Stop, Drop and Roll.” He and a couple other Presto volunteer firefighters spent Thursday afternoon teaching students at Chartiers Valley Primary School fire safety and what to do in an emergency. “These guys are absolutely awesome,” second grade teacher Gretchen Wentz said about the firefighters. “They go out of their way to come up here to help us (teach).” Several classes came out to the school’s parking lot to gawk at Presto’s ladder truck, play with Sparky and ask questions to Smokey The Bear while he rode around in a miniature fire truck. The kids had learned a little bit about fire …
Monday, July 30, 2012
The fire began Saturday morning inside the Universal Stainless Steel plant in Kirwan Heights.
Firefighters responded to a blaze inside an unused section of the Universal Stainless Steel plant in Collier Township over the weekend, but were able to stop it from spreading. Kirwan Heights fire Chief Mark Lewis said crews responded to the fire shortly before noon Saturday and contained it to an old shipping office before it could spread elsewhere. Only the room’s contents, which included a desk, chairs and papers, were destroyed. Workers at the plant noticed smoke billowing from the room and called emergency responders. Firefighters had to locate the fire in the sprawling complex. “It was a smoky fire, so when you came down into the complex, you could see where the fire was coming from,” Lewis said. “It’s a catacomb maze down there.” …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Police say a teenage boy used matches to light a Dumpster on fire in Bridgeville.
Investigators say a teenage boy used a couple books of matches to light a Dumpster on fire in Bridgeville. Bridgeville police said the boy, who is in his early teens and lives in the borough, set the contents ablaze inside the trash container located at 715 Chartiers St. around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Police did not identify the boy because of his age, but said he will face juvenile charges of arson, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. Bridgeville police Chief Chad King said more charges could be coming. Bridgeville firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire without major damage to the Dumpster. The Allegheny County fire marshal is assisting local authorities with the investigation. Like the Chartiers Valley Patch Facebook …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
A kitchen fire inside one of the units at the Hickman House in Bridgeville forced residents to evacuate the apartment complex Wednesday night.
A kitchen fire inside one of the units at the Hickman House in Bridgeville forced residents to evacuate the apartment complex Wednesday night. No one was seriously injured when the fire ignited in the kitchen of a second-story unit shortly before 6 p.m., but one resident had to be taken to a local hospital for smoke inhalation. “The kitchen is burned up,” Bridgeville fire Chief Bill Chilleo said. “It’s gone.” Bridgeville police helped the woman escape her apartment and bring her outside. She was taken to St. Clair Hospital for precautionary reasons, although her identity was not immediately known. More than a dozen residents in the three-story, 24-unit apartment complex at 316 Hickman St. were sitting outside for about an hour while …