April 23, 2012
Editor's Note: Chillin' Wit' is a regular feature of the Daily News spotlighting a name in the news away from the job. FIRE COMMISSIONER Lloyd Ayers is dressed in his Sunday best - a dark-blue suit, a spring-green-and-white striped shirt, and a gold paisley tie. He's having brunch on Sunday with his daughter Jenne, 23, the youngest of his six children, at Jack's Firehouse on Fairmount Avenue. After brunch, he has to drop Jenne off at the Obama campaign's Philly headquarters, where she is a press assistant.
April 11, 2012 |
THE SMELL of burnt embers tinged the East Kensington air on Tuesday, and faint swirls of smoke spiraled up from the rubble of the old Thomas W. Buck Hosiery warehouse that burned down Monday morning, killing two firefighters inside an adjacent furniture store. An unmanned fire hose, set up to spray water toward the shell of the former five-story warehouse, cooled the leftover smoldering flames. A crane removed the charred wooden beams that had held up the brick building. In the overcast afternoon sky, the scene looked like a bombed-out building from war-torn Iraq.
March 24, 2012 |
Federal and Gloucester County authorities were trying to determine the cause of a blaze early Friday that seriously damaged the firehouse of the Woodbury Heights Fire Company. Material from the building in the 500 block of Elm Avenue was being tested in a laboratory of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, a facility often used by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office to analyze fire scenes. The fire was reported by a resident in a 911 call at 5:38 a.m., authorities said.
March 23, 2012 |
A fire ripped through a fire house in Woodbury Heights, Gloucester County, today, causing extensive damage. One firefighter was taken to hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Firefighters were hampered in tackling the fire in the at station 15-1 at 534 Elm Avenue because a nearby hydrant was dry. The blaze was reported about 5:40 a.m. and declared under control at 6:46 a.m. No fire trucks were damaged. An investigation will be launched to determine the cause of the blaze.
November 15, 2011 |
It all started with drinks after a long week at work and ended with a 14-year-old Havertown boy lying unconscious on a busy Delaware County street. On Monday, former Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Michael Donohue, 31, of Havertown, was charged with being the driver of the car involved in a Nov. 4 hit-and-run that left the boy hospitalized with serious injuries. Donohue has been charged with aggravated assault, accident involving death or personal injury, recklessly endangering another person, and related crimes.
July 28, 2011 |
You may be immersed in the final season of Rescue Me , but John Scurti and the rest of the cast of FX's towering inferno of a series said goodbye more than a year ago when the episodes you're seeing now were shot. "It seems like a distant but pleasant memory," says Scurti of the show, which runs until Sept. 7. For seven years, as FDNY Lt. Kenny Shea, Scurti played Falstaff to Denis Leary's haunted Hal. The guys in the firehouse always called him Lou, an affectionate acknowledgment of his rank.
May 5, 2011 |
Caught a world-premiere movie the other night at the Glenside firehouse. No popcorn, but the stars turned out. There were Lisa Erkert, a volunteer with the Cheltenham Village fire company, and Rashawn Spann from La Mott. Spann got the biggest applause from the audience when he told the cameras how two years ago, at 17, he was too young to fight fires, so he let everyone else get off the truck before him when they pulled up to a burning house. First step onto the ground he slipped on the ice and slid under the truck.
March 22, 2011 |
A former Deptford Township volunteer firefighter was sentenced Monday to four years and four months in prison for stealing $589,000 from his fire company, including funds to rebuild the firehouse after a devastating 2008 blaze. Charles V. Mancini III, 46, of Wenonah, turned to face about a dozen of his old colleagues from the New Sharon Volunteer Fire Department who sat stoically in the gallery during his sentencing at U.S. District Court in Camden. "I acted out of greed," Mancini said.
August 16, 2010 |
BROWNOUTS, THE closing of some firehouses on a rotating basis, are stupid. Fires don't decide when to start in any geographical pattern that can be predicted with the certainty to allow specific firehouses to be closed some of the time and open at others. Public safety is a core responsibility of municipal government. Clearly the city is duty bound to make provisions for adequate fire safety. What should the city do? Option 1: The city conducts a study to determine the number and location of firehouses that would adequately provide a responsible level of fire safety.