Woman suffers burns as fire levels mobile home in Harrison Township

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP, PA. – A swift moving fire destroys a mobile home on Pleasant Avenue in Harrison Township Wednesday morning at 2:00 am. Fire companies from Harrison Township arrived at the mobile home residence just off Bull Creek Road to find the mobile home fully involved in flames.

Hilltop Hose Fire Chief Tom Wesolowski said crews went into to a defensive operation as most of the structure was already fully involved by the time they arrived. Several sources at the scene reported a female was seen crawling from a window and reportedly suffered burns to the upper part of her body. Chief Wesolowski said the woman suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 24.5% of her body. As fire crews battled the blaze, ammunition could be heard exploding over radio communications and when AKVNEWS arrived on scene, additional small explosions from the ammo could be heard. A firearm has been recovered from the scene and turned over to Harrison Township Police.

Crews dispatched to the scene included Hilltop Hose Company #3, Harrison Hills, and Citizens Hose fire departments including Citizens Hose EMS. Harrision Township police was assisted by Tarentum PD and the American Red Cross was also on scene. As of 4:45 am, the fire scene was turned over to the Allegheny County Fire Marshal to determine the cause of the fire. It’s believed the fire possibly started with a propane supply line rupturing.

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Chief Wesolowski said all fire companies involved worked good together fighting the fire.

 

Two men killed in violent crash in Westmoreland County

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EAST HUNTINGDON TOWNSHIP, (Westmoreland County), Pa. – A deadly two vehicle crash occurred on Route 981 near Substation Road at about 4:45 a.m just south of New Stanton. Police and firefighters on scene closed a small portion of Rt. 981 after a violent crash with reports of ejection to one occupant.

Sources tell AKVNEWS two victims have died as a result of their injuries. One person died at the scene while another victim died a short time later. State Police reconstruction, along with the Westmoreland County Coroners office were on scene most of the early morning investigating the cause of the crash.

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The second vehicle involved in the crash was completely out of sight on a side road believed to be Cherry Hill Extention. East Huntingdon Fire Department assisted with roadway closure around the crash site. More details as they become available.

 

Driver suffers lacerations in Allegheny Township vehicle crash

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ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP, PA. – One person was injured in a single vehicle crash overnight on Rt. 356 just South of the Dairy Queen in Allegheny Township. According to initial radio reports, the driver of the SUV suffered multiple lacerations in the crash. It appeared the driver of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta lost control of the vehicle near the La Belle View Road-Rt. 356 intersection. A large amount of broken chipped glass littered the roadway. It’ appeared nearly every window in the vehicle was broken and air bags were deployed.

Allegheny Township Police Chief John Fontaine said the driver, Paul Ebersole, 62 of Jeanette was transported to Forbes Regional Hospital by Lower Kiski EMS. Police and fire units from Allegheny Township responded to the scene at approximately 4:18 am. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. North and Southbound traffic was able to proceed past the accident scene until Kochka Towing rolled the vehicle back on its wheels.

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Allegheny Township and Markle Fire Departments assisted police at the scene. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

 

Tarentum fire departments aggressively attack vehicle fires and adjacent structure

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TARENTUM, PA. – A huge loss of vehicles and a garage/apartment occurred overnight as fire jumps from one vehicle to the next, then catches an adjacent structure on fire. Tarentum fire departments were dispatched at 2:57 am to the 500 block rear First Avenue and aggressively extinguished the burning vehicles sitting next to the structure while additional crews worked to put the fire out in the upstairs of the apartment.

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In the photo above, fire burns on the roof area captured by a reflection from a back side window on a First Avenue home. Tree limbs visibly singed above the burning car.

Eureka Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Brad James said 2-3 vehicles actually sustained damage and in the garage/apartment one room had significant fire and water damage. One other room had moderate damage and all four rooms on the second floor sustained water and smoke damage. Deputy James said there was no actual fire damage to the bottom garage area of the apartment that was used to store paint and cleaning supplies. The building’s utility services include electricity and water but no gas service. The structure was not occupied as a living space and no injuries were reported. Three lines of attack were utilized and no water issues were reported.

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Deputy James also said Tarentum’s Redcat Power has been called to the scene along with the Allegheny County Fire Marshal to determine the fire’s origin. Additional fire units called to the scene were Pioneer Hose and a Rapid Intervention Team from Citizens Hose. EMS services were provided by Eureka.

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West Tarentum driver not sure why she crashed

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TARENTUM, PA. – Not a good Monday morning for a female driver from West Tarentum after she hits a parked SUV and crosses the centerline of West 7th Avenue striking another parked vehicle while on her way to work. In the photo above, the female operator sits on a porch as EMS checks basic vitals while police investigate the scene. AKVNEWS spoke with the operator of the Acura TL who said she’s not sure what happened when she hit the SUV sitting along the roadway.

She had just left her house a couple streets up when she was traveling south on West 7th and the crash occurred. She said it wasn’t her cell phone because no one’s up in the morning and she didn’t think she blacked out. It might have been she was just was over to far towards the sidewalk when the right front of the Acura hit the front tire area of a SUV; then careened across the roadway striking a Chevy Sonoma and coming to rest.

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Both the SUV and the Sonoma were unoccupied at the time of impact. Damages to the SUV were moderate while the Sonoma only had minor damages. Eureka Fire Rescue and EMS were dispatched to the scene along with Summit Hose Volunteer fire department around 7:15 am. The driver did not require EMS transport.

Traffic was slowed in the area while towing crews from Terry’s Service removed both vehicles from the scene. It’s not known if the driver will be cited in the incident. Tarentum Police was assisted by Brackenridge PD. There were no injuries in this crash.

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Lower Burrell overnight crash takes out utility pole on Leechburg Road

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LOWER BURRELL, PA. – West Penn Power crews were busy this morning replacing a utility pole following an overnight crash near the intersection of Leechburg Road and Edgecliff Road in Lower Burrell. Authorities identified the driver of a Chevy Tohoe as Michael Hudzick, 52 from Virginia.

There were no injuries in the incident and according to the police report the driver was not intoxicated, however Hudzick was operating the vehicle with a suspended license. West Penn Power crews had Leechburg Road shut down in both directions while crews set a new pole in place. The crash occurred at 2:37 am.

 

National Weather service issues a tornado watch for Western Pennsylvania

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THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
EAST CENTRAL INDIANA
NORTHEAST KENTUCKY
EXTREME WESTERN MARYLAND
OHIO
WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA
LAKE ERIE

* EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 145 PM UNTIL
900 PM EDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…
A COUPLE TORNADOES POSSIBLE
SCATTERED LARGE HAIL LIKELY WITH ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS
TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
SCATTERED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH LIKELY

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 100 STATUTE
MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 40 MILES NORTHWEST OF DAYTON
OHIO TO 15 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF LATROBE PENNSYLVANIA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.