Daily Dispatch: Pennsylvania News
York City Fire Department to begin billing insurance companies
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:49:06 -0700
The York City Fire Department will begin to bill insurance companies after responding to a fire to help cover the costs of its vehicles. York City Council unanimously approved the measure on Tuesday, bringing the fire department up to date with other departments in third-class cities, including Lancaster, which bill insurance companies in an effort to control costs to taxpayers.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 10:49:06 AM - SOURCE: York Dispatch
Bringing back Sharon's bell: Firefighters to restore city's historic symbol
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 02:03:25 -0700
A piece of Sharon's history has finally found a new home, but firefighters need help getting it there. Sharon's 1,700-pound bell hung at West State Street and South Water Avenue for more than 30 years before it was taken down in March 2016 to make way for a metal sculpture designed and fabricated by local students.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 2:03:25 AM - SOURCE: The Herald
Settlement with former firefighter approved by Meadville City Council
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 04:49:44 -0700
Meadville City Council unanimously approved a settlement agreement between the city and a retired firefighter that will cost the city $115,000 immediately and will increase the firefighter’s pension by almost $3,500 each year. Christopher Gillingham will have his rank and pay reinstated to captain for pension purposes under the agreement that he signed on Friday.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 4:49:44 AM - SOURCE: Meadville Tribune
3 rescues in 1 day on Kiski River sets record for Leechburg fire company
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 05:19:49 -0700
Still in his wet clothes, Gary Lyon left his home Saturday afternoon after rescuing three people and a dog on the Kiski River for another rescue involving three more people, this time on an inflatable tube shaped like a unicorn. Three adults boarded the 12-foot unicorn in Vandergrift, planning to end their ride at the Leechburg boat ramp, but they couldn’t control their tube to get off the river and got hung up in submerged trees in one of the spots where kayakers were pinned just hours earlier, according to Lyon.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 5:19:49 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Several animals die in Somerset County barn fire
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: First responders from seven fire departments battled flames at a barn fire in Somerset County overnight. Officials say they arrived at Windswept Lane in Berlin around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and found heavy flames on the ground. They say the flames claimed the lives of several horses and cattle. An official with the Shanksville Fire Department says they had a good water supply to fight the blaze, and were able to put it out in just a couple of hours.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJAC-TV 6 NBC
Woman Gives Birth In Lawrence County Convenience Store Bathroom, Baby Dies At Hospital
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
A baby who was born in a convenience store bathroom in western Pennsylvania has died. Emergency responders say they found the boy’s mother giving her son CPR in the women’s restroom at a Sheetz store in Lawrence County on Tuesday. Shenango Fire District Chief David Rishel tells the New Castle News the woman told responders she did not know she was pregnant.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pittsburgh
Late firefighter Jeff Carty honored by Waynesboro Fire Department
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:39:20 -0700
A special meeting at the Waynesboro Fire Department’s Virginia Avenue station was full of emotion as the late Jeff Carty was honored for his dedication to the community, WellSpan- Summit Health and the Waynesboro Fire Department. WellSpan-Summit Health has committed to donate a total of $250,000 to the Waynesboro Fire Department over the next five years, helping to fund the department’s new ladder truck.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 12:39:20 PM - SOURCE: Waynesboro Record Herald
Grants help with safety of upgrade fire hydrants to 12 municipalities in Pringle Borough
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 04:26:16 -0700
Chief Frank Slymock had one last fire hydrant to change before all the hydrants in town were upgraded. Under a hot sun Monday afternoon, Slymock and another firefighter removed the old cap from the large nozzle on the side of the hydrant — known as a “steamer” — and installed a new 5-inch Storz connection.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 4:26:16 AM - SOURCE: Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice
Firefighters share memories of fighting 1979 fires at Friendship Hill National Historic Site
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:41:42 -0700
Volunteer firefighters from eight companies shared memories of fighting a series of arsons 40 years ago at Friendship Hill National Historic Site in Springhill Township during a recent tribute hosted by the National Park Service. “It was tiring, hot. That time of year made it bad,’’ said Gary Ganoe, Point Marion fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 11:41:42 PM - SOURCE: Uniontown Herald Standard
Family of Kunkle Fire Company firefighter files lawsuit in dump truck crash
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 02:27:28 -0700
The family of a Kunkle Fire Company firefighter who was hit by a dump truck and severely injured last fall has filed a suit alleging the driver and related businesses were negligent in causing the crash. Edward Nulton Sr., 62, was directing traffic at the scene of an accident in Monroe Twp., Wyoming County, early the morning of Sept.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 2:27:28 AM - SOURCE: Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice
Fire damages social club across street from Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:47:02 -0700
Several fire companies were called to a fire Tuesday morning at an Italian club in Fayette County, including one right across the street. The Sons of Italy in Connellsville has substantial damage to the basement, according to officials. There's also smoke and water damage in the upstairs of the building along Rogers Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 10:47:02 AM - SOURCE: WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh
Homeowner taken to hospital after Wilkes-Barre blaze
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 06:55:28 -0700
A man was taken to a hospital following a fire at his residence early Wednesday morning. Deputy Fire Chief Alan Klapat said city police reported the fire just after 4 a.m. at 36 Caitlin Ave. When firefighters arrived on scene, the homeowner was outside and taken to a hospital. Klapat said the man suffered smoke inhalation and has been released.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 6:55:28 AM - SOURCE: Times Leader
Fire rips through Chambersburg business, apartments – sends four to hospital
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:47:48 -0700
A fire of unknown cause damaged buildings on West Washington Street Sunday. Nana's Wash House at 37 W.t Washington St., and residential apartments at 39 W. Washington St. and 41 W. Washington St. were destroyed by flames and smoke damage. The Chambersburg Fire Department responded to a call of an apartment fire at 4:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 11:47:48 AM - SOURCE: Chambersburg Public Opinion
Fire leaves 22 people without a home, destroys 4 houses in York County
Sun, 14 Jul 2019 21:17:45 -0700
VIDEO: Officials say more than 100 firefighters battled flames in Red Lion Sunday evening. They say the fire destroyed at least four homes on Boundary Avenue; the good news, no one was hurt, but 22 people lost their homes, according to the Red Cross. Firefighters say the came in just minutes before 5, and crews were hitting hot spots with their hoses at 10 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2019 9:17:45 PM - SOURCE: WPMT-TV Fox 43
Follow Up: Cleanup Continues After Beaver County Chlorine Leak, Fires
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:31:33 -0700
The whiffs of chlorine can still occasionally be detected with the sensitive nose in Rochester, but the Department of Environmental Protection says there is no risk. It has been three days since the former Pool Doctor-Beaver Alkail Products site on the Ohio River’s edge in Beaver County caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 3:31:33 PM - SOURCE: KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pittsburgh
These Hot Temps Pose Added Challenge For Erie Firefighters
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:21:17 -0700
We're expecting to see some hot temperatures this week, making it uncomfortable for many people. But for those who have to work in it, the heat poses an added challenge. Erie News Now was on the scene Monday, as Erie Firefighters responded to a fire call at a home on Erie’s west side. It happened at home near 17th and Plum street around 2:30 in the afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 2:21:17 PM - SOURCE: WICU-TV Channel 12 Erie
One Woman Dies After House Fire In Beaver Falls
Sat, 13 Jul 2019 17:34:02 -0700
VIDEO: An older woman has died after a house fire in Beaver Falls. According to 911 Dispatch, the fire began late Friday night just after 11:15 p.m. at a home on 6th Avenue. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but the Chief of Police says there were oxygen tanks at the home. The woman was taken to a nearby medical center where she was pronounced dead.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2019 5:34:02 PM - SOURCE: KDKA-TV CBS Pittsburgh
Price tag coming for Luzerne County’s proposed 911 emergency radio system upgrade project
Sun, 14 Jul 2019 14:28:10 -0700
After more than three months of waiting, Luzerne County is about to find out how much prospective outside vendors will charge for a major 911 emergency radio system upgrade that had been estimated between $16 million and $24 million. The county sought proposals April 1, and responses are due Monday.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2019 2:28:10 PM - SOURCE: Times Leader
Shelter-in-place order lifted in Beaver County after fire, chlorine gas leak
Sat, 13 Jul 2019 16:00:01 -0700
VIDEO: Shelter-in-place orders have been lifted in affected communities in Beaver County following a chemical fire and chlorine gas leak incident that occurred Friday evening. The incident happened at the old Beaver Alkali Products facility on New York Avenue in Rochester. Beaver County emergency services announced that the order was lifted around 1 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2019 4:00:01 PM - SOURCE: WTAE-TV ABC 4 Pittsburgh
Manhole fire erupts as electric company crews work to restore power in Philadelphia
Sat, 13 Jul 2019 04:49:16 -0700
VIDEOS: A fire erupted inside a manhole overnight as PECO crews worked to restore an electrical outage in Old City. Officials say the fire started just after midnight on the 4th and Market Streets. PECO workers were trying to restore power on 3rd and 4th Streets between Market and Chestnut when the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2019 4:49:16 AM - SOURCE: WTXF-TV MyFox 29 Philadelphia

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