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February 7, 1991 | By Wanda Motley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fires caused about $342,000 in property losses in Lower Merion last year, the lowest figure in the 20 years that such records have been kept, township fire officials have reported. Township officials have said 1990 was a banner year for the volunteer fire companies, with the number of fire calls down by 9 percent and the number of building blazes down by 5 percent. "We think that our fire prevention program has a lot to do with it," Fire Chief Harry Knorr said this week. But "we're not discounting the fact that we were very fortunate.
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April 5, 2003 | By Kevin Dale INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
John Babin didn't know the extent of the blaze, so he thought his leather jacket had a chance. Then he saw the charred gap yesterday where the dry cleaner's shop had stood three days earlier. "Oh, boy," said Babin, who had hoped to pick up about $600 worth of clothing - including his jacket and his wife's hat - from Main Line Clothing Care. "I didn't know the whole place burned down," said Babin, 78, of Sharon Hill, as he leafed through his receipts. Along with Babin, store patrons and owners were coming to grips with the massive fire that destroyed at least two businesses Wednesday night in a Montgomery Avenue shopping center informally known as the Starbucks center.
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April 20, 1989 | Special to The Inquirer / SCOTT ROWAN
Creating an eerie silhouette, a firefighter uses his ax to ventilate the roof of a house that burned Monday night in Brandamore. The fire, which began in the garage, caused $120,000 to Dominick Guisippe's house, said Chip Patton, chief of the Martin's Corner Fire Company. The fire damage was limited to the garage and kitchen, but smoke and heat damaged the rest of the house. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
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February 21, 1991 | By Craig Whitlock, Special to The Inquirer
Two fires in East Pikeland Township within the last week extensively damaged a small apartment complex and scarred the historical Kimberton Country House restaurant. The worse of the two blazes caused an estimated $225,000 in damage Friday night to a two-story combination garage and apartment building in the 900 block of Township Line Road, said Robert Dobson, chief of the Kimberton Fire Company. The Kimberton company responded to the fire at 7:19 p.m. Friday, along with Liberty Fire Company of Spring City, Lionville Fire Company and the three volunteer fire companies in Phoenixville.
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February 25, 1987 | By Louise Harbach, Special to The Inquirer
An intensive two-month effort to repair extensive fire damage at St. Peter Celestine Roman Catholic Church in Cherry Hill will culminate Saturday when the church holds its first Mass there since the Christmas holiday season. Fire broke out at the church at 402 Kings Highway in the predawn hours of Christmas Eve. Since then, its 4,000 parishioners have attended Mass in the auditorium of Cherry Hill High School West. But because of sustained efforts by contractors and volunteers, the church is just three days away from reopening.
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November 6, 1994 | By Christine Bahls, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Fire officials are investigating a blaze that leveled most of the Buckingham Racquet Club early last week, causing about $100,000 in damage. No injuries were reported. It was determined that the fire was not suspicious and that it started in the kitchen. However, what set the spark is still unknown, said Gary Cosner, chief of the Midway Fire Company. The club, which has only outside tennis courts, is owned by its 168 bond-holders, said Paul Freud, club president. The club will be rebuilt, he said.
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July 10, 1997 | By Anthony Beckman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
One hundred years ago, the small inn here housed the drovers and stagecoach travelers in need of a hot meal and a warm bed while traversing the commerce-heavy Strasburg Road. Following a January fire that destroyed the roof of the Marshalton Inn, the hope is to make the roofless building look exactly as it did a century ago. The four owners of the restaurant have retained John Milner Architects Inc. of Chadds Ford to do just that. Milner hopes to recreate the destroyed roof and ceiling as historically correctly as possible, down to the authentic wood-shingle roof, which caught fire after a burning paper ember floated from the chimney, landed, and ignited the shingles.
NEWS
August 10, 1990 | By Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Workers are struggling to repair fire damage at Philadelphia's sludge treatment plant to prevent hundreds of thousands of gallons of half-treated sewage from gushing into the Delaware River. The Water Department said yesterday it could store millions of gallons of sludge temporarily in tanks and barges - but that this storage capacity would be exhausted within about two days. After that, sludge could begin fouling the treatment facilities at city sewage plants that pipe cleaned-up wastewater into the Delaware River.
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March 18, 1996 | by William Bunch, Daily News Staff Writer
Get used to it. The traffic hell created by last Wednesday's eight-alarm tire fire under Interstate 95 in Port Richmond will ease only slightly when PennDOT partially reopens the damaged roadway later this week - probably Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. The new plan is more like purgatory. It calls for a two-lane bottleneck in each direction at the construction zone while crews permanently replace the charred overpass - and that could mean traffic nightmares in Philadelphia for the next six months.
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February 23, 2010 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The fire that swept through the offices of Philadelphia International Records on Sunday melted gold and platinum records, destroying about 40 percent of the company's memorabilia, but spared the legendary recording studio where the Sound of Philadelphia was born. The studio, where Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass, and other stars once recorded their hits, was undamaged despite having walls covered in the original orange shag carpet. "It's amazing," said Chuck Gamble, a company vice president and nephew of the songwriter Kenny Gamble.
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July 14, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
A two-alarm fire severely damaged the Short Hills Restaurant & Deli in Cherry Hill early Tuesday, fire officials said. The Cherry Hill Fire Department received the fire notification at 2:34 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Chris Callan. Firefighters arrived at the scene on East Evesham Road about four minutes later, and had the fire under control by close to 3:30 a.m., he said. There were no injuries, Callan said. By Tuesday afternoon, the property was surrounded by caution tape and a dumpster sat outside the closed deli.
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June 11, 2016 | Staff Reports
An elderly man died in an overnight house fire in South Philadelphia. The blaze broke out just before 2 a.m. Thursday at the two-story rowhouse on the 1700 block of South Taylor Street, the Fire Department said. The man died despite fire crews' efforts to rescue him, the department said. He was found on the first floor. The cause of the fire, which was declared under control at 2:19 a.m., remains under investigation. Investigators were also still determining where in the home the fire started.
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February 3, 2016 | By Michael Boren and Emily Babay, STAFF WRITERS
A fire that damaged a Camden County deli appears to be accidental, officials said Monday, though investigators were still trying to determine a cause. The flames began in a storage area behind the deli counter at Amato Bros., 612 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn, around 9 p.m. Sunday. The business had closed several hours earlier and no one was inside, Oaklyn Fire Chief Scott Cairns said. Several passing motorists reported smoke coming from the building. Firefighters contained the fire damage to the storage area and the roof, Cairns said.
NEWS
January 26, 2016 | By Valerie Russ and William Bender, STAFF WRITERS
Some small side streets in South Philadelphia still looked Sunday as if they could have been scenes from Alaska or the Arctic. Residents complained that the city had cleared bigger streets like Broad, Chestnut and Spring Garden - but that smaller streets had been untouched. In South Philadelphia, snow was piled a couple of feet deep on streets like Percy, Darien, Mildred, and Beulah, between 6th and 10th streets. On Ritner, a Mercedes-Benz was mired in snow, blocking in neighbors who said they couldn't get to work.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Boyds co-owner Jeff Glass took one look at the first and second floors after the fire at the Center City clothier Nov. 30 and thought the damage was minimal. All of the pricey inventory - mostly designer suits for men, and dresses and coats for women - was intact. Other than some water damage to the women's area on the third level, it looked as if the venerable store at 1818 Chestnut St. had gotten off easy. But Glass then took the elevator to the fourth floor, and when the doors opened, he could smell the fire damage that destroyed the big and tall section and customer pickup area, also known as will call.
NEWS
November 7, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Thomas Schneiders, a former Philadelphia fire marshal who reexamined the violent deaths of a New Jersey political insider and his wife, captured the case succinctly: "Something's off," he said. "Something's wrong. " Schneiders' assessment, along with that of retired Philadelphia homicide detective Edward Rocks - who said the investigation of John and Joyce Sheridan's deaths "never should have been closed" - lends more weight to the doubts of the Sheridan family and others who have considered the sloppy, secretive investigation led by Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano.
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October 21, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Crews on Monday afternoon still were streaming water onto the smoldering ruins of the main building of the Lulu Country Club - heavily damaged in a weekend fire - when Upper Dublin Township Fire Marshal Tim Schuck emerged from the charred structure carrying the organization's 103-year-old charter. The wooden frame had a fine layer of soot, and its Plexiglas covering was slightly bowed from the intense heat, but the oversize document with the faded signatures of the club's original members and court officials was preserved.
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October 2, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
STEPHEN PETTIWAY'S love of Facebook helped federal agents track him down. In a video posted to his page Tuesday, Pettiway, 52, riffs on Pope Francis' visit and the "martial law" that he says it forced onto the city. And then he admits to being the suspect in an arson investigation. "And they trying to discredit my character," Pettiway says in the video. "They put me on TV saying I, I was a man of interest for arson, the whole nine yards in case you guys didn't know. " It's important to note that in bulletins distributed to the media, investigators provided only a grainy picture of the suspect in a blaze that caused nearly $2 million in damage and displaced 40 residents at a Center City high-rise last month.
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April 19, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
A woman lost a leg when an SUV was deliberately crashed into her just outside her Nicetown house Friday afternoon, police said, and when her relatives rushed outside to help her, leaving food cooking on the stove, the family's home caught fire. Police, fire, and city officials swarmed the 4400 block of North 17th Street amid a chaotic scene as Beatrice Spence, 24, was rushed to Einstein Medical Center. The driver of the SUV that hit her had driven off, shedding parts as the vehicle raced down Wingohocking Street, police said.
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February 7, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Unoccupied houses made tempting targets for a trio accused Thursday of stealing copper and burning unoccupied properties in Montgomery and Delaware Counties last year. The two men and one woman used real estate websites to find properties in foreclosure or on the market and unoccupied, and strip them of copper, according to a statement by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. At several of the properties, the three placed cardboard on a stove and lit it with a burner, starting fires, authorities allege.
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