November 19, 2015 |
Fire struck Moorestown's Community House, a 90-year-old landmark in the center of town, late Tuesday afternoon. Before firefighters quelled the blaze, eyewitnesses reported seeing flames bursting through the roof of the brick and stone building on East Main Street. Firefighters responded just before 5 p.m. and had the two-alarm fire under control an hour later. No one was injured, according to Deputy Fire Chief Chris Chesner. Police assisted in evacuating the building, which had some employees in it at the time, Chesner said, adding that he wasn't sure how many.
October 30, 2015 |
IT HAS BEEN 10 months since firefighter Joyce Craig died in a basement blaze in West Oak Lane. But time hasn't tempered the tears of those who still miss her. They gathered yesterday at the Philadelphia Fire Academy in Upper Holmesburg, where her name was officially added to the memorial honoring the 290 firefighters who have died in the line of duty in Philly since 1871. Bagpipers played "Amazing Grace," while cadets stood at military-like attention. Craig's family - including her teenage son Mekhi and toddler daughter Laylani - laid red roses on the bronze memorial, as did a long line of somber-faced firefighters.
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 14, 2015 |
A Burlington County man who was fatally burned Sunday when his lawn mower burst into flames was a retired firefighter who had served in the job for decades, and had tried to share his experience with younger firefighters. Roger Lippincott, 79, taught classes at Burlington County's fire academy, and occasionally stopped by the Springfield Township Fire Company even after he retired, Springfield Township Mayor Denis McDaniel said. "Some guys just disappear when they retire; he didn't," McDaniel said.
October 12, 2015 |
A KWIK TRIP to an Upper Darby gas station left one man im-Mobil Thursday after he got his finger stuck in his fuel tank and firefighters had to conduct a gas trick bypass. Even after the firefighters were able to get the man's hand from his fuel tank, the shell of one of the tank's parts still remained stuck to the man's hand. With the piece of tank still attached, Christopher Bolger was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, but he couldn't just come and go from the facility because authorities discovered there was an active warrant for Bolger's arrest out of Philadelphia, said Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.
October 7, 2015 |
A VOLUNTEER firefighter has been arrested on kidnapping charges after police said he broke into a Bucks County home Sunday night, locked an elderly couple in their bedroom and then tried to strangle the couple's underage granddaughter. The attack ended only when the young victim recognized her old neighbor Shane Joseph McMichael, despite his black clothing and mask, and called out his name, police said. The girl, 17, was able to persuade him to let her wash her face in the bathroom, during which he fled the home on Forrest Avenue near Bensalem Avenue in Bensalem's Cornwells Heights section, police said.
August 22, 2015 |
As Philadelphia suffered through the recession and its aftermath, the city fell behind in replenishing old and battered emergency vehicles. As a result, precious minutes often were lost by firefighters rushing to fires and accident victims being taken to hospitals. At one point in 2012, the fund to replace aging ladder trucks, pumper trucks, ambulances, and other vehicles sank to $98,000. Considering that a new ladder truck can cost 10 times that, it's important that the next mayor continue Mayor Nutter's plan to invest $36.5 million over the next five years in new emergency equipment.
August 19, 2015 |
Lois Campana had just returned home from her shift as a night nurse. Her husband, Ralph, was getting dressed for a shift at Ladder 16. It was Aug. 17, 1975, and Ralph Campana already knew where he was heading: the Gulf Oil refinery in South Philadelphia, where a massive fire had been burning since before dawn. "Those people are going to blow themselves up one day," he told Lois. The refinery had already been the site of 10 multiple-alarm fires. He finished dressing, got in his car, and drove off as Lois waved from the front porch.
August 15, 2015 |
It was a pipe dream hatched by firefighters at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida: to build a 9/11 memorial at the NASA center to honor the hundreds of firefighters and others killed when the World Trade Center towers collapsed in a terrorist attack. And they wanted to add an artifact - a 7-foot-long steel beam - recovered from the rubble at the towers. The space center firefighters raised the money to build a pair of concrete scale replicas of the twin towers. But persuading the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to give them the relic took several years.
July 7, 2015 |
New Jersey State Police closed the northbound lanes of the Turnpike in Oldmans Township, Salem County, around 6 p.m. Sunday after a bus caught on fire and pulled to the side of the road. The driver and around 50 passengers exited the bus safely. "There were no injuries," said Sgt. Brian Weiner of the New Jersey State Police. Firefighters called additional material to the scene to keep the flames from spreading. The highway remained closed to vacationers heading home and other traffic at 6:45 p.m.