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April 19, 1991 | By Ellen O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Start-up tests at the Camden County incinerator spurred county residents to bring their fears about health and safety to the freeholders last night, when a string of speakers complained of problems, and potential problems, at the furnace. The plant, in Camden City, will continue its first phase of operations, so- called test-burning, until summer, when incinerator officials will seek an operating permit from the state. However, residents said that some neighborhoods had already been subjected to a suspicious-looking dust shower, that trash trucks were not adhering to designated routes, and that at least one trash truck spilled ash-residue from the incinerator onto a local highway.
NEWS
November 13, 2012 | By Tom Lobianco and Charles Wilson, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - The owner of one of the homes that exploded in Indianapolis said Monday that a problem furnace could be to blame for the blast that killed two people and damaged dozens of homes so severely that officials say they must be demolished. John Shirley, 50, of Noblesville, told the Associated Press that his daughter sent him a text message last week saying the furnace in the home where she lives with her mother and her mother's boyfriend had gone out they had to stay at hotel.
NEWS
January 23, 1995 | by Jim Nolan, Daily News Staff Writer
A retired Philadelphia police sergeant's house was blown apart last night when his hot-water furnace exploded like a rocket, fire officials said. Miraculously no one was injured in the 6:54 p.m. blast, which rattled homes on Nestling Road near Narcissus and shot glass, wood and metal across the quiet Northeast block. "Everything's okay. Everybody got out," said James Welch, who lives across the street. "Apparently it looks like they were in the furthest room from the explosion, and that's what saved them.
NEWS
October 23, 1991 | By Frank Brown, Special to The Inquirer
Workers found human remains in a 1,800-degree furnace at a Fort Dix trash incinerator Monday, a half-hour after a civilian worker was reported missing, Fort Dix spokeswoman Dianne C. Felder said yesterday. The missing man, whose identity was being withheld pending identification of the remains, "is missing and presumed dead," said Felder. "We do not know that the remains are the remains of the missing worker," said Felder. "I don't know if they will be able to reach a conclusion (on the victim's identity)
NEWS
March 11, 2011 | By DAVID GAMBACORTA, gambacd@phillynews.com
Fire Department officials said Friday that they now know what triggered a terrifying explosion in Tacony earlier this year that claimed the life of a young Philadelphia Gas Works employee. The blast was ignited on Jan. 18 by a furnace inside Disston Chiropractic & Rehabilitation at 6932 Torresdale Ave., a Fire Department spokesman said. A 12-inch, high pressure gas main and a water main had both ruptured in the neighborhood shortly before the blast. Natural gas filled the chiropractor's office and was ignited by the furnace, the spokesman said.
NEWS
March 4, 1987 | By Daniel LeDuc, Inquirer Staff Writer
Deteriorated vents and pipes from an oil-burning furnace, which apparently had been illegally installed, allowed carbon monoxide to seep into a Willingboro house and kill four members of a family on Sunday, police and building officials said yesterday. The oil-burning furnace had been installed several years ago, police said. However, there was no record of any permit for the work nor of any inspection once it was completed, according to Leonard Mason, director of the Willingboro Housing Inspection Department.
NEWS
January 27, 2012 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
The winter has been virtually snowless, but the temperatures haven't been high enough to give your furnace a three-month vacation. How well has your heat source been performing? Although replacing the furnace now - unless it has conked out and been beyond repair - is not considered wise, you might consider doing so when winter has vacated the premises. One expert, David Coulson of Napoleon Fireplaces in Crittenden, Ky., says the heating contractor first needs the size of the house and then determines the size of the furnace necessary for the space.
NEWS
March 11, 2011 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The explosion that killed a 19-year-old Philadelphia Gas Works employee and injured several others in January was sparked by a furnace inside a chiropractic office, the Fire Department said Friday. The blast killed Mark Keeley, of Fox Chase, a 2009 graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School who had followed in his father's and grandfather's footsteps by joining PGW. A high-pressure gas main broke shortly before 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 on the 6900 block of Torresdale Avenue, in the city's Tacony section, causing gas to accumulate in the area.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
I HOPE you'll excuse the triple negative, but, if they don't make movies like "The Deer Hunter" anymore, it's not because they're not trying. "Out of the Furnace" is an ambitious blue-collar epic with similar themes and circumstances - western Pennsylvania mill workers who go to war, a sense that the country they work for and serve doesn't value their lives very much. There is even a deer hunt, and director Scott Cooper pointedly repeats an image from Michael Cimino's film - a hunter raises his rifle to shoot a buck, has second thoughts.
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December 27, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
EXCEPT FOR 6-month-old North West receiving designer presents 99 percent of working adults couldn't afford, Christmas was typically slow in the world of celebrity shenanigans. But there are always lawsuits. Members of the Ramapough Lenape Nation of Native Americans filed a $50 million suit against the makers of the movie "Out of the Furnace," saying it depicts their people in a negative light. In that case, the makers of "The Wolf of Wall Street" better prepare for a $50 billion suit from stock-market con men. The suit was filed in New Jersey against the film's producers and writers ("Furnace" was co-written by local guy Brad Ingelsby )
NEWS
December 9, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Not exactly a spoiler alert, but there's a place Casey Affleck's character goes in Out of the Furnace - he's an Iraq war veteran returned to Western Pennsylvania and finding it hard to assimilate - that may necessitate some mental readjustment on the part of audiences. Especially audiences who think of New Jersey as a dense grid of traffic circles, shopping malls, and suburban sprawl. Affleck's Rodney Baze Jr. heads from the Rust Belt gloom of Braddock, Pa., to the Ramapo Mountains in the northeast corner of the Garden State to fight in an illegal, bare-knuckle boxing match being promoted by a crazy-eyed backwoods meth dealer played by Woody Harrelson . With its thick rings of uninviting forest, empty two-lane roads, biker bars, and dilapidated farmhouses, the area looks like it's in the Ozarks, or the Smokies, not a stone's throw from the Tappan Zee. "I know," says Affleck, on the phone from Miami the other day. "It seemed crazy, right?
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
I HOPE you'll excuse the triple negative, but, if they don't make movies like "The Deer Hunter" anymore, it's not because they're not trying. "Out of the Furnace" is an ambitious blue-collar epic with similar themes and circumstances - western Pennsylvania mill workers who go to war, a sense that the country they work for and serve doesn't value their lives very much. There is even a deer hunt, and director Scott Cooper pointedly repeats an image from Michael Cimino's film - a hunter raises his rifle to shoot a buck, has second thoughts.
REAL_ESTATE
October 27, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: We live in a three-story Victorian twin in University City and are going to switch from oil to gas. I have a few concerns: One is whether the higher-efficiency furnaces with annual fuel-utilization efficiency (AFUE) above 94 percent are reliable and worth the extra money? Another question: Should we install central air at this time, as well? And finally, are there any furnaces you would recommend or brands we should stay away from? I understand from doing some research that the installer is as important as the furnace.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The federal government has agreed to drop its new rule that would have required high-efficiency furnaces in Northern states, a victory for critics who warned that the costly standard could backfire and drive urban homeowners to less efficient heating methods. The U.S. Department of Energy and the American Public Gas Association (APGA) on Monday asked the U.S. Appeals Court in the District of Columbia to vacate the rule and to restart the process of devising new furnace efficiency standards.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 2012 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: We just had our chimney cleaned and the gentleman is advising us to have our chimney lined, for which he gave us an estimate of $2,800. How in the world does one know when a chimney needs a liner? Our house is 40 years old. Is that an indicator that it does? He took a flashlight and showed me a pile of whitish material in the back of the furnace pipe that was about 21/2 inches high. What do you think? Answer: From what I understand, age of the house may only be one factor in determining whether your chimney needs a liner.
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | By Charles Wilson and Rick Callahan, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Investigators examining the Indianapolis explosion that killed two people and decimated a neighborhood believe natural gas was involved and are looking at appliances as they search for a cause, a state official said Tuesday. A woman who lived at the house believed to be at the center of the explosion said she did not believe the furnace was at fault. Indianapolis Homeland Security Director Gary Coons made the announcement about the investigation after the National Transportation Safety Board said investigators had found no leaks in the gas main or pipes leading into the house that exploded.
NEWS
November 13, 2012 | By Tom Lobianco and Charles Wilson, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - The owner of one of the homes that exploded in Indianapolis said Monday that a problem furnace could be to blame for the blast that killed two people and damaged dozens of homes so severely that officials say they must be demolished. John Shirley, 50, of Noblesville, told the Associated Press that his daughter sent him a text message last week saying the furnace in the home where she lives with her mother and her mother's boyfriend had gone out they had to stay at hotel.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2012 | By Alan J. Heavens
If your furnace is 15 years old or more, now might be the right time to exchange it for a more efficient model. The obvious reason is to reduce your energy costs, keeping in mind that winter is on its way. Data from the U.S. Department of Energy show that if your current furnace has an AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating of 50 percent, one with 90 percent will save you $44.24 a year on every $100 you now spend on fuel costs. In addition, upgrading your furnace or boiler from 56 percent to 90 percent efficiency in an average cold-climate house will save 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year if you heat with gas, 2.5 tons if you heat with oil. But financial and environmental considerations are only part of the story.
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