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February 5, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THERE ISN'T a hint of a silver lining to the April 2012 Kensington factory fire that claimed the lives of two Philadelphia firefighters. A grand-jury report released yesterday by the District Attorney's Office laid the blame for the deaths of Lt. Robert Neary and firefighter Daniel Sweeney at the feet of Michael and Nahman Lichtenstein, the arrogantly reckless owners of the former Thomas Buck Hosiery factory, and the gang that couldn't shoot straight...
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January 31, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
IN ADVANCE of what one lawmaker expects to be a "blistering" grand-jury report on the deaths of two Philadelphia firefighters, City Councilman Denny O'Brien will introduce a bill today that takes inspecting vacant warehouses a step further. In the early morning of April 9, 2012, a five-alarm fire broke out in an abandoned six-story hosiery warehouse in Kensington. The fire, which engulfed more than half a city block, killed Lt. Robert Neary, 60, and Daniel Sweeney, 25, both of the Fire Department's Ladder 10 station.
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January 16, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHERE THERE'S smoke, there's fire. And in the case of one Roxborough fire station, where there are noxious fumes, there's a major problem. But what that problem is, and how long it will keep the station shuttered, remains a mystery to those close to the issue. "The Fire Department is reluctant to give us information," said Joe Schulle, president of Local 22 firefighters union. "As far as we've been told, there's no timetable for reopening the station. " The station is Engine Company 66, which has sat unused on Ridge Avenue near Shawmont since Dec. 18, when one of its workers was taken to Roxborough Memorial Hospital after becoming dizzy and light-headed, Schulle said.
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January 4, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA For the second year in a row, Philadelphia recorded a modern-day record-low number of fire deaths in 2013. Fires caused 24 fatalities last year, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers reported Thursday. The city recorded 25 deaths in 2012, seven fewer than the year before and less than half the 52 that occurred in 2005 and 2006. The new figures are a stark contrast to the fatalities suffered in Philadelphia in the 1970s and 1980s, Ayers said. "There were a lot of bad years.
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December 8, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia Housing Authority high-rise in North Philadelphia was evacuated Friday night as flames roared through the 16th floor, authorities said. No injuries were reported. The fire at the 18-story Fairhill Apartments, 2443 N. 11th St., was reported about 8:50, authorities said. The Red Cross said it was helping more than 100 people from at least 160 units. There was no word on when they would be able to return. By 10 p.m., the fire had been knocked down and the last few residents were being taken from the building.
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December 3, 2013
CHESTER COUNTY Construction set for new firehouse EAST WHITELAND Construction will soon begin on a new firehouse in East Whiteland Township, nearly seven years after a group of volunteer firefighters banded together to raise the cash needed to build it. Groundbreaking for the firehouse at the intersection of Conestoga Road and Mill Lane was held Nov. 22. Fire company president Gary Sheridan said he expected crews to begin work on the property...
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November 29, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
William B. Young, 74, of Westville, who retired in 1992 as a captain with the Camden Fire Department after a 30-year career, died of hypertensive vascular disease on Thursday, Nov. 21, at his home. Born in Reading, Mr. Young graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden and served in the Navy from 1957 to 1961, where he was taught aircraft and shipboard firefighting. "They teach them a certain amount of firefighting in the Navy, and he fell in love with it," brother David said.
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October 31, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
FOLLOWING A subpoena issued by City Councilman Jim Kenney, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers will testify at a hearing today on the Fire Department's retraction of promotions for 14 officers, a move that was contested by the firefighters union. Mayor Nutter's administration had offered to send Public Safety Director Mike Resnick and Human Resources Director Albert D'Attilio to testify at the hearing. But in a letter to Ayers accompanying the subpoena yesterday, Kenney wrote that he wanted the commissioner, because "it was your discretion to demote these members.
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October 25, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
EDWARD SCARDIGLI had a passion for helping people, and he got plenty of chances as a Philadelphia firefighter. For most of his 26-year career, he was assigned to Engine 16 in West Philadelphia, one of the city's busiest companies. He managed to emerge unscathed from two of Philadelphia's most horrendous fires more than three decades ago, the Gulf Refinery in 1975, in which eight firefighters were killed, and the ARCO refinery fire in which then-Mayor Frank Rizzo was injured. At the Gulf fire, he saw his fire engine melt in the intense heat.
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