March 8, 2014 |
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.
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)
January 7, 2007 |
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.
November 26, 1988 |
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.
February 11, 1990 |
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.
March 20, 2005 |
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.
July 8, 2008 |
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.
July 12, 1987 |
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.
June 28, 1987 |
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.
October 26, 1992 |
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.