Washington Township industiral fire -one firefigher sustains knee injury

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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Fire broke out early this morning around 7:00 am at CCF Industries on Route 66 in Washington Township. Multiple alarms went out as the building caught fire and quickly spread throughout the building. Authorities on scene said the company manufactures drawers and approximately 30 people are employed at the facility.

It appears the building will be a total loss. Fire crews were shuttling tankers back and forth to the scene and long lengths of hose were seen running down the right lane of Route 66. As of 9:10 am the fire is 75% contained according to radio reports.

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Due the number of crews needed to fight this fire, additional stations from around the Alle-Kiski Valley are being asked to stand-by in neighboring community fire stations to cover while those units are at the fire scene. The Salvation Army is on scene for firefighter support. Communities responding are Vandergrift, Oklahoma, Lower Burrell, Upper Burrell, Washington Township, Arnold, Vandergrift EMS Services, Markle, Allegheny Township and Murrysville. Numerous tankers from outlying communities are providing water support. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Route 66 is shut down for approximately 1/4 mile at the fire scene. The location of this industrial building is next to East Primary School.

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National Autism Awareness Month


A statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Every day, the millions of Americans living with autism and their families face unique and daunting challenges that many of us will never fully appreciate. During National Autism Awareness Month, we renew our commitment to better understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and improve the lives of individuals living with it.

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States has been identified with ASD. This latest estimate makes it clear that autism affects the lives of millions of Americans – our friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members.

ASD is a developmental disability characterized, in varying degrees, by persistent difficulties in social communication and Continue reading…


Eureka Medics respond to Tarentum Bridge

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TARENTUM, Pa. – Police were quick to respond to a call on the Tarentum Bridge at approximately 11:15 am for a diabetic emergency. According to radio information, a man was down on the bridge needing medical assistance.

Within a few minutes the man was back on his feet leaning against the concrete barrier. Eureka medics evaluated the elderly man who later walked to the ambulance. It’s not known if he was transported to the hospital.



Route 28 bridge washing activities Thursday in Harrison and Fawn Townships

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ALLE-KISKI VALLEY, Pa. – PennDOT District 11 is announcing bridge washing activities on Route 28 in Harrison and Fawn Townships, will occur Thursday and Friday, April 3-4 weather permitting.

Single lane closures will occur from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day according to this schedule:

• Route 28 over Little Bull Creek

• Route 28 and Saxonburg Boulevard

• Route 28 and Millerstown Freeport Road

Crews from Michael Facchiano Contracting, Inc. will be conducting bridge washing activities.
Please use caution, slow down, and be prepared for changing traffic patterns when traveling through the area.


Massive house fire in New Kensington – two firefighters hurt – house collapses

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NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – Breaking news – Multiple transformer explosions along Freeport road in New Kensington and Arnold. At least three transformers were seen exploding and according to radio reports, power is out in the Giant Eagle area. Fire crews are checking out businesses and residences in the affected area for possible damage and multiple fire alarms, burglary alarms going off after the big power outage.

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8:30 am – ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF: Edward Saliba, Jr. updates AKVNEWS and says two firefighters were hurt battling the blaze and were transported to Allegheny Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. One firefighter is from Arnold and one from New Kensington. Asst. Chief Saliba Jr. said Continue reading…


Fawn crash at heavily congested Exit 14 sends one to hospital

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FAWN TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Heavy traffic may have been the cause of a two vehicle crash at the bottom of the Exit 14 off-ramp and the Bull Creek Road intersection late this afternoon.
Rescue crews from Eureka Hose were on scene extricating one person from the vehicle and placed her on a stretcher for transport to a local hospital.

AKVNEWS spoke with the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident who said he swerved towards to guiderails in an attempt to avoid being hit but had no place to go. He said he was on his way home to Kittanning in his brand new three day old GMC custom pickup truck. Both vehicles sustained moderate to severe damage.

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The driver of the pickup truck was checked out by EMS and stayed at the scene for a short while. The driver said he couldn’t open the drivers door of the truck and had to get back in from the passenger side to continue on his way back home.

Motorists getting off Rt. 28 Northbound quickly come upon stopped traffic on the ramps due to billboard relocation in Tarentum. Traffic was backed up from the bridge to the expressway.


AKVNEWS contacted PennDOT press officer Steve Cowan about the traffic being backed up on the off ramps and the heavy congestion resulting from the billboard relocation. Mr. Cowan said he’d contact traffic engineers to look into the problem and thanked AKVNEWS for bringing these issues to his attention.


Traffic slow moving thru Tarentum as work continues on billboard

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TARENTUM, Pa. – Roadway lane closure near the Tarentum Bridge is causing traffic to slow and back up all the way to Exit 14 on the Allegheny Valle Expressway. In an earlier release, PennDOT District 11 announced a lane closure on eastbound Route 366 (Ross Street) in Tarentum Borough, Allegheny County, will begin Wednesday, March 26 weather permitting.

The eastbound right hand lane of Route 366 at the Tarentum Bridge between 6th and 7th Avenues will close to traffic weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, April 4. Additionally, the sidewalk will be closed to pedestrian traffic.

Crews from BCE Outdoor will be conducting billboard relocation.


Rubbish fire in the alley – 1100 block of Woodmont

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – Police and firefighters quickly responded to the scene of a rubbish fire in the 1100 block of Woodmont Avenue Monday night. The actual location was in Woodbine Alley which runs between Woodmont and Victoria Avenues. The fire was quick moving and appeared to spread to an overhang part of the house. Firefighters picked away at the exterior of the structure to make sure the fire was not spreading in the floor area of the overhang. Crews wasted no time gaining entry to the garage to prevent any fire from spreading to the upstairs interior.

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New Kensington Police and Fire are investigating and AKVNEWS will update as more details become available.