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March 16, 1988 | By John Way Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
A boiler exploded at Russell E. Knight Elementary School in Cherry Hill yesterday morning, forcing officials to bus up to 368 students to other schools at least through today while air samples are tested for the possible presence of asbestos fibers. Mary Louise Bianco, a spokeswoman for the Cherry Hill School District, said workers were checking yesterday for any asbestos spread when the asbestos wrapping around the boiler came loose during the explosion. The cause of the explosion had not been determined yesterday.
NEWS
January 15, 2016
A boiler room explosion at an East Mount Airy public school critically injured a maintenance employee and forced the evacuation of the building, officials said Wednesday. The incident happened about 1:30 p.m. at Edmonds School, 8025 Thouron Ave. Fernando Gallard, a spokesman for the Philadelphia School District, said that a school employee who had been working on the boiler was taken to Einstein Medical Center. Students at the K-5 school were evacuated to a nearby building for a time, but ultimately returned to Edmonds.
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March 25, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky
ED STEIN, Jim Whitehead, and Chris Trakimas had this year's hunting and fishing trips all figured out. As always, the longtime friends and skilled outdoorsmen would track deer in January and February. Hunt wild turkey in spring. Catch flounder and striped bass over the summer. Together, they'd clean and skin their bounty, but only Trakimas would whip it into meals they'd savor for hours in a small hunting cabin in Pike County, Pa., where locals have affectionately dubbed the men "the three amigos.
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April 27, 1995 | By Jennifer Wing, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
An Ardmore man accused of raping a 23-year-old woman in a boiler room here this month turned himself in to Lower Merion police yesterday. Tommie Leroy Long, 32, of the first block of East Athens Avenue, surrendered at 10 a.m. at police headquarters, said Lt. Mike Tansey. The surrender was coordinated through police and Long's immediate family. He is charged with rape, indecent assault, unlawful restraint, aggravated assault, robbery, theft and terroristic threats. The search for Long started on April 2 after the Montgomery County woman reported to police that Long had forced her into the boiler room at his apartment complex here, grabbed her by the throat and raped her, Tansey said.
NEWS
February 3, 1993 | By Lisa L. Colangelo, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Falls Township officials declared a limited state of emergency yesterday at the Alexandria Apartments, a 200-unit complex that has been without heat for five days. Township employees and Red Cross crews set up a temporary shelter at the Fallsington School for residents who did not want to spend another night in their frigid apartments. As the temperatures outside plummeted, residents found little relief from the bone-chilling cold in their apartments. All the units lost their heat on Friday when the boiler broke down.
NEWS
February 9, 1995 | By Sonya Senkowsky, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Before firefighters at the Gibbstown Volunteer Fire Company fought the heat of a blaze in neighboring Paulsboro early yesterday, they first had to fight the numbing cold in their own firehouse. The boiler that heats the Washington Street fire station has been broken since summer, township officials say. But requests to get it fixed are only being answered now, in the middle of winter. In the meantime, said First Assistant Fire Chief Jim Schmidt, the fire company faces a potentially dangerous situation, with equipment that could be rendered useless by the cold.
LIVING
March 28, 1995 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
"Quiet, please," calls out the assistant director. A hush falls over the place, as the camera, mounted on the end of a crane, begins to slowly pan from right to left. We are in a dingy basement boiler room. Muted sunlight streams in through a musty, ceiling-high window, casting shadows across the cruddy brick walls. Steam pipes, hissing and spewing, come into view, along with a wall of lights and dials and gauges. Finally, as the camera continues to move left, we see a big, fat old-time boiler that glows red-hot from belching heat to the many floors above.
NEWS
July 22, 1988 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / J. KYLE KEENER
FROM BENEATH THE RUBBLE, Philadelphia Gas Works serviceman Gary Young calls to a co-worker at the scene of a rowhouse boiler explosion in the 2700 block of North Hollywood Street in Strawberry Mansion. Several walls collapsed in the blast early yesterday, but the three residents who were on the second floor at the time were not injured.
NEWS
April 28, 1995 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The results of a study prompted by parents' concerns about air quality at Green Ridge Elementary School show little risk to the building's occupants. The study, debated at Wednesday night's Penn-Delco school board meeting, recommended continuous monitoring in the school's boiler room, where carbon monoxide was detected on one reading. Board members declined to release the report, by Oxford Engineering of Camden, until they can discuss it with the company. The testing was performed in February, and the report was delivered this month.
NEWS
January 29, 1986 | By John McDonough, Special to The Inquirer
The Bellmawr Board of Education last night was asked to conduct a study of airborne asbestos at all four of the district's schools, where asbestos was found in November. About 20 residents attended the meeting and listened as board members and representatives from two asbestos-cleanup concerns assured them that there was no danger to students. "Has enough been done for the safety of our children?" asked Bill Perna, whose son attends the Ethel M. Burke School. "Do we know if the classrooms in the schools have been checked?
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May 20, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A maintenance worker who was critically injured when a boiler exploded at a Philadelphia public school in January died Wednesday, union officials said. Christopher Trakimas, 62, a facility mechanic, was bringing online a boiler that had been shut down for a year at Franklin S. Edmonds Elementary School when it blew up Jan. 13. "Chris has been in the hospital for five months fighting to overcome the injuries he sustained," an official of his union, Ernie Bennett, posted on Facebook.
NEWS
April 9, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
Most boilers in Philadelphia public schools are safe but need repairs, officials said Thursday, about three months after one exploded at an East Mount Airy elementary school, critically injuring a maintenance worker. Authorities inspected all functioning boilers in city schools after the Jan. 13 explosion at F.S. Edmonds Elementary that hurt mechanic Christopher Trakimas. Of the 542 boilers in Philadelphia School District buildings tested, 531 - 98 percent - passed inspection, a report released Thursday said.
NEWS
March 25, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky
ED STEIN, Jim Whitehead, and Chris Trakimas had this year's hunting and fishing trips all figured out. As always, the longtime friends and skilled outdoorsmen would track deer in January and February. Hunt wild turkey in spring. Catch flounder and striped bass over the summer. Together, they'd clean and skin their bounty, but only Trakimas would whip it into meals they'd savor for hours in a small hunting cabin in Pike County, Pa., where locals have affectionately dubbed the men "the three amigos.
NEWS
February 8, 2016 | BY DAN GERINGER, Staff Writer
THE ANCIENT oil-burning boiler at Northern Children's Services in Wissahickon broke down two days before last month's winter storm, sending temperatures plunging into the 30s inside three buildings on the Ridge Avenue campus. Those three buildings house daily individual and group- therapy sessions for vulnerable children who have struggled with trauma and who depend on NCS for hours of psychological and emotional support after school every week. All the children are from extremely low-income, Medicaid-eligible families.
NEWS
January 17, 2016 | BY KRISTEN A. GRAHAM, Staff Writer
FOR YEARS, workers and union leaders say, they warned Philadelphia School District officials: Keep cutting safety corners and deferring critical building repairs, and someone will get hurt - or worse. That's just what happened this week when a boiler at F.S. Edmonds Elementary School exploded, surrounding school mechanic Christopher Trakimas in flames and leaving him fighting for his life. "Once people are being lit on fire at work in the school district, something has to change," said Ernie Bennett, an official with 32BJ SEIU, the union that represents Trakimas and other blue-collar workers.
NEWS
January 17, 2016 | By Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer
For years, workers and union leaders say, they warned Philadelphia School District officials: Keep cutting safety corners and deferring critical building repairs, and someone will get hurt - or worse. That's just what happened this week when a boiler at F.S. Edmonds Elementary School exploded, surrounding school mechanic Christopher Trakimas in flames and leaving him fighting for his life. "Once people are being lit on fire at work in the School District, something has to change," said Ernie Bennett, an official with 32BJ SEIU, the union that represents Trakimas and other blue-collar workers.
NEWS
January 15, 2016
A BOILER-ROOM explosion at an East Mount Airy public school critically injured a maintenance employee and forced the evacuation of the building, officials said Wednesday. The explosion happened about 1:30 p.m. at Edmonds School, at 8025 Thouron Ave. Fernando Gallard, a spokesman for the Philadelphia School District, said that a school employee who had been working on the boiler was taken to Einstein Medical Center. Students at the K-5 school were evacuated to a nearby building for a time, but ultimately returned to Edmonds.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: Eighteen years ago, we had to replace the steam boiler that had heated our old home for more than 50 years. Our oil supplier installed an oil-fired boiler/burner unit, with a new feeder cutoff, smoke pipe, and draft regulator - a complete system replacement. We've left the three-story Victorian for a retirement ranch-style house, and the old house is currently on the market. Recently, we discovered that the steam boiler had cracked, and water is leaking into the burn chamber.
NEWS
October 19, 2011 | By Mike Newall, Allison Steele, Mark Fazlollah, and Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Police removed 10 children and teenagers Tuesday night who had been in the care of Linda Ann Weston, the woman charged this week with enslaving four mentally challenged adults in a Tacony basement, and said the group showed signs of abuse and malnutrition. Among the group was Beatrice Weston, 19, a niece reported missing in 2009. Investigators are trying to find the parents of the children, and police said two of the children may be related to one of the adult victims kept in the basement.
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