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March 8, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
KENSINGTON At least two bullets hit a firehouse in the city's Kensington section Thursday afternoon, causing firefighters to duck for cover in the middle of their lunch break, said Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. About 1:25, several shots were fired in the area of the firehouse at Boudinot Street and Hart Lane, Ayers said. A lieutenant and three firefighters were inside the station's lunchroom at the time. "They were having lunch and all of a sudden, shots," Ayers said. "They got down, got out of the way," and called for police.
NEWS
September 20, 1988
Bucking the tide, an abandoned firehouse came back to life in West Philadelphia last week. It's called the Firehouse Farmers Market at 50th Street and Baltimore Avenue. And if there is justice in this world, if someone upstairs really does help those who help themselves, then the Firehouse Farmers Market, full of fresh tuna and smelts, ribs and produce and coffee beans, is going to make it. It is a monument to a neighborhood - and the Cedar Park Neighbors, a long- time local community group - that didn't give up when the city shut down the 85-year-old firehouse four years ago. It studied new uses, surveyed local needs and even bickered with tailgate farmers who wanted to stay on the street outside (but who later moved peacably to other corners)
NEWS
January 7, 2007 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire engine to slip out of gear inside a Cedarbrook firehouse, lurch into a wall, and set the firehouse ablaze yesterday morning. The friction caused by the spinning wheels of the stuck vehicle ignited the undercarriage and caused the one-alarm fire at 76th Street and Ogontz Avenue, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said. Firefighters tried but were unable to turn off the engine, he said. The fire was called in at 9:25 a.m. and was under control at 10:12 a.m. with the help of companies from several other firehouses.
NEWS
November 26, 1988 | By Roy H. Campbell, Inquirer Staff Writer
They stood in the shadow of the red brick firehouse in West Philadelphia, 40 people bearing slender white candles with flames flickering in last night's darkness. More often than not, as the wind blew, a flame or two would go out, only to be relit with one of the other candles. That in itself was symbolic of the continuing fire of these West Philadelphia residents who, in the face of a seemingly hopeless task, have continued their fight to have the long-shuttered Engine 65 firehouse at 54th Street and Haverford Avenue reopened.
NEWS
February 11, 1990 | By Lisa Moorhead, Special to The Inquirer
Colwyn Fire Chief Faye Mefford has been fuming over problems with the fire department's automatic garage door. The chief told the council Thursday that the company's second engine didn't reach a fire on South Third Street earlier that night because it never made it out the door of the firehouse on Third and Spruce Streets. "You're going to have to move on this fast," Mefford said. "Lives have to be saved. " The door should go up automatically when the alarm sounds, he said, but the aging motor that runs it has been malfunctioning.
NEWS
March 20, 2005 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Heenan family's life revolved around the Verga Fire Company in West Deptford. Jimmy Heenan had been a volunteer since he was a teenager. He met his wife there, and she became a volunteer, as well. The couple married in 1984 and raised two sons, now 18 and 20. Jimmy Heenan loved the fire service so much that he wanted to start a business cleaning and servicing fire gear. The night of his death, both were attending a New Year's Eve party at the fire company. The call for the house fire on Atkins Avenue came in about 2:15 a.m. Jan. 1, 2001.
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July 8, 2008 | By Nick Pipitone INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Starting in a few weeks, the Bryn Mawr Fire Company may not be responding to calls from its historic Lancaster Avenue firehouse for the first time in more than 100 years. If Lower Merion Township commissioners give the go-ahead at a public meeting tomorrow night, the company will relocate to nearby Ashbridge Park for 10 to 12 weeks while repairs are made to the firehouse's structurally inadequate first floor. The firefighters would set up shop under a fenced-in tent in a typically unused section of the park beside the tennis courts.
NEWS
July 12, 1987 | By Chuck McDevitt, Special to The Inquirer
Sharon Hill Borough engineers got the go-ahead last week to draw up plans for an elevator that would make the second floor of the firehouse more accessible for a senior citizens' group. The council voted, 6-1, Thursday night to allow engineers H. Gilroy Damon Associates Inc. to prepare specifications for the plan. Council member Dominic F. Corvaia voted against it. "I think it's a waste of money," Corvaia said after the meeting. "We have better uses for that money. " Corvaia said he would rather see the money spent on a new word processor and computer system.
NEWS
June 28, 1987 | By Carole C. Cary, Special to The Inquirer
A single portable fan in the corner of the Morton borough hall auditorium was hardly enough to cool residents and some flared tempers at a special meeting last week called to discuss plans to finance a proposed borough building and firehouse. At the end of the two-hour special meeting, council voted to hold a workshop at 8 p.m. on July 13 to discuss "what it is we really want in the borough building and firehouse," according to council president James McCaffrey. McCaffrey said that the workshop will be open to the public but that public comment would be limited.
NEWS
October 26, 1992 | By Lara Wozniak, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Gloucester City officials are on red-alert lookout for a site to build a new fire station, but all they've found so far are hot debates. The current station in the 400 block of one-way Bergen Street is 3,400 square feet - barely enough room for an office, meeting room, truck, ladder and ambulance. The lifeboat and inspection vehicle are parked outside the station because they don't fit inside. "The building is just too small," said Ed Doczy, city administrator. "It's really difficult for them to get in and out of the station.
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NEWS
April 21, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
An abandoned firehouse on the 1800 block of Broadway has been renovated as the latest anchor in a South Camden neighborhood trying to make a comeback. Heart of Camden has spent three years transforming the building into an art gallery to attract youngsters, artists, and developers to the city. On a busy stretch of Broadway, not far from the Delaware River, the soon-to-open arts center sits on a block dotted with a mixture of abandoned storefronts and renovated homes. "It's been a long adventure," said Lisa Kiernan, executive director of the housing and community nonprofit.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
When the Philadelphia health department asked Jack's Firehouse to close for several days in 2014 because of a mouse infestation, owner Mick Houston feared it would be "a terminal diagnosis" for the landmark eatery. But two years and thousands of dollars spent on improvements later, the restaurant is thriving. And, Houston and inspectors say, there's not a mouse in the house. Jack's Firehouse pioneered fine dining in the city's Fairmount neighborhood when Jack McDavid opened it in 1989 directly across the street from the derelict Eastern State Penitentiary.
NEWS
October 7, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
The owners of Brickwall Tavern, a trendy bar and comfort food restaurant in Asbury Park, will open a second location inside a historic firehouse in Burlington City on Thursday. The tavern, which will have 24 beers on tap, will also offer fare such as Cajun-seared shrimp and grits, blackened catfish, and mac & cheese cooked in an cast-iron skillet. Smith, a company based in Asbury Park that buys up old buildings with exposed walls in struggling towns and turns them into restaurants, began purchasing properties in Burlington City two years ago. Brickwall Tavern is the first the company will launch in Burlington, while Porta Pizza, another popular gourmet restaurant in the Shore town, is expected to be next.
NEWS
July 13, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
As befitting a city that established America's first volunteer firefighting company, Philadelphia is full of interesting old firehouses. After the volunteers were converted into a professional department in 1870, the city went on a firehouse-building binge. The stout, H.H. Richardson-inspired firehouse in South Kensington is one of the great survivors from that period. Once home to Engine 29, the firehouse at 1221 N. Fourth St. was constructed in 1893 in the Romanesque Revival style.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | By Chris Hepp and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
More than a dozen members of the Philadelphia Fire Department, including supervisors, have been accused of having sex with a paramedic while on duty, according to a well-placed source in the Nutter administration. The sex acts were consensual and are alleged to have been committed in Fire Department facilities and vehicles, the source said. The allegations were investigated by the city Office of the Inspector General, which has completed a report and recommended disciplinary action, according to the source.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Daevon celebrated his eighth birthday a few days ago, but he already has an eye on a career: firefighting. In the short term, he'd love to learn more about the job by visiting a firehouse and talking to the firefighters. He has a delightful smile and an appealing personality, and although he can be a bit shy when meeting new people, he soon warms up, especially if the conversation turns to sports. Doesn't matter which one. He loves all kinds. When Daevon must play indoors, his favorite activities are watching cartoons and listening to hip-hop.
NEWS
March 8, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
KENSINGTON At least two bullets hit a firehouse in the city's Kensington section Thursday afternoon, causing firefighters to duck for cover in the middle of their lunch break, said Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. About 1:25, several shots were fired in the area of the firehouse at Boudinot Street and Hart Lane, Ayers said. A lieutenant and three firefighters were inside the station's lunchroom at the time. "They were having lunch and all of a sudden, shots," Ayers said. "They got down, got out of the way," and called for police.
NEWS
December 15, 2013 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
MORE THAN two months have passed since an ambulance's electrical wiring shorted, sparking a blaze that destroyed the vehicle and ravaged a firehouse at 4th and Arch streets in Old City. But plywood still blocks the windows and garage doors of the Ben Franklin Firehouse, and the firefighters and paramedics who worked there remain reassigned to other stations. That irks the firefighters' union, whose leaders complain that the shuttered firehouse leaves the city's historic district vulnerable because the next-closest stations are blocks away, increasing emergency response time.
NEWS
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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