July 14, 2016 |
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.
June 11, 2016 |
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.
February 3, 2016 |
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.
January 26, 2016 |
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.
December 18, 2015 |
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.
November 7, 2015 |
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.
October 21, 2015 |
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.
October 2, 2015 |
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.
April 19, 2015 |
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.
February 7, 2015 |
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.