Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The home on Old State Road is more than a century old.
Firefighters believe they have determined the cause for a blaze that swept through a Pine Township home Monday, leaving it uninhabitable. Wexford Volunteer Fire Company Chief Tim Flaherty said the fire is believed to have originated in a dryer located in the laundry room on the first floor of the home on Old State Road. “Some rags or towels used with paint cleaning solvents were run through the wash,” he said. “It appears that they caught fire in the dryer while it was operating.” Flaherty noted there typically are warnings posted on the side of washer and dryer doors advising that clothing exposed to flammable and combustible liquids should not be placed inside. Monday’s blaze in the laundry room quickly spread through the building. …
Friday, March 22, 2013
A neighbor calls 9-1-1 after spotting smoke at the home on Scarlet Circle.
Wexford Volunteer Fire Company firefighters said a malfunctioning ventilation fan is to blame for a fire that damaged a Scarlet Circle home under construction in Pine Township Thursday night. Fire Chief Tim Flaherty said firefighters were called to the home at about 10 p.m. after a neighbor walking a dog saw smoke coming from the house. Flaherty said Northern Regional police officers arrived on the scene first and were able to knock out the flames from the burning ventilation fan with a fire extinguisher. Firefighters doused flames that had spread to a drum sander in the home that was being used to refinish the floors, he said. The homeowners were not home at the time of the fire. Flaherty said the owners were spending the night in a hotel…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
No one is injured in the blaze.
Wexford Volunteer Fire Company helped fight a blaze on New Year's Day at an Adams Township home, from which a couple and their pets escaped unharmed. Adams Area Fire Chief Bill Hayes said crews were called to the home on Lakeland Drive at about noon Tuesday. When firefighters arrived, heavy fire was in the area of the home’s attached garage, he said. “When we got here, it was going pretty good and it extended into the bedroom above it,” Hayes said. Volunteers from the Wexford, Cranberry, Zelienople, Harmony and Callery fire departments assisted. The chief did not have a damage estimate for the home, which is uninhabitable. The homeowners are staying at a home in the area, Hayes said. The Red Cross also has been notified of the situation. “…
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Festivities will be held at fire company's main station on North Chapel Drive.
Ghosts and ghouls, princes and princesses, Disney characters and everyone else in a costume—are you ready for a parade? Wexford Volunteer Fire Co. is hosting its annual Halloween Costume Parade and Contest from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday at its main station on North Chapel Drive. The parade is at 7 p.m.—lining up takes a while, so that starts at 6:30 p.m. The costume contest is at 7:30 p.m. and festivities with games, prizes and snacks start at 8 p.m. Be sure to take photos of yourself in your Halloween costume so you can enter Patch's contest. Click here for information on uploading your photos for a chance to win a $5,000 grand prize!
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Accident leaves hole in side of building.
No one was injured when an SUV crashed into the side of the Arby's on Perry Highway in Pine Township at about 10 a.m. Thursday, according to a report from KDKA. The vehicle crashed into the restaurant's bathrooms, which were vacant at the time, said Fire Chief Tim Flaherty of the Wexford Volunteer Fire Company. The woman driving the SUV was the first customer of the day; it was unclear what caused the accident, according to the KDKA report. The restaurant remains open.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Duquesne Light continues work to restore power.
UPDATE: About 250 Duquesne Light customers remain without service as of 6 a.m. Thursday. The power outages were triggered by Wednesday's severe thunderstorms that barreled through the area, bringing wind, rain and lightning. (Duquesne Light originally reported 18,000 customers out of service as of 3 p.m. Wednesday) Wexford Volunteer Fire Company stayed busy Wednesday answering calls as fire alarms were activated during the storm, but no fires were found, according to Capt. Mark Hetzel. Firefighters removed a tree that had come down across Brown Road, near Pineview Drive, in Wexford. The tree was leaning against a telephone wire when crews arrived, he said. Hetzel said they also checked out calls at Christopher Wren Apartments, which are …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
No recreational fires or open burning allowed through July 9 due to drought conditions.
Due to dry conditions, Richland Township Fire Official Guy Pedicone has suspended all permits which have been issued for recreational fires and opening burning within the township for the next seven days, through Monday, July 9, 2012. Pine Township has not suspended fire and burning permits at this time, according to Pine Township Fire Marshal Tim Flaherty. Pedicone encourages residents to attend public firework displays instead of purchasing fireworks. Residents who purchase legal fireworks from local vendors should exercise extreme caution when using them. Pedicone pointed out that in these conditions even a sparkler or a discarded match can cause a fire. He also stressed that people who purchase illegal fireworks, and import them …
Friday, June 22, 2012
No fire damage reported.
A piece of computer equipment at Pine-Richland School District's administrative offices went bad and started smoking Friday morning, prompting a call to Wexford Volunteer Fire Company, said Fire Chief Tim Flaherty. A district employee encountered "a haze of smoke" when opening a door to the room with the computer equipment, Flaherty said. The maintenance staff took the computer equipment outside and the fire company verified there were no other problems, the fire chief said. "It was fortunately not anything more severe," Flaherty said. "We are back in operation. We did not close the building; it was minor," said Tara Bennett, administrative assistant to the superintendent's office. The district offices are located at 702 Warrendale Road, …
Sunday, April 8, 2012
The charity game, held at the Warrendale Bladerunners, raised more than $3,000 for the Allegheny Chapter of the United Way.
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Sunday, April 8, 2012
The Wexford Volunteer Fire Company won the United Way charity game March 27 against a team from U.S. Airways, with a final score of 5-1. The team consisted of volunteer firefighters from Wexford and surrounding areas, with 12 skaters and two goalies on the roster. The charity game, which raised money for the Allegheny County Chapter of the United Way, was held at the Warrendale Bladerunners. A little more than $3,000 was raised through ticket sales. The game was tight at the start with the score tied at 1-1 after the first period. Team 228 then pulled ahead in the second period and finished the game with the 5-1 win. "It was an experience that all of us will not forget and we are looking forward to skating again in the future to help …
Saturday, December 17, 2011
The jolly old elf had a sack full of candy to give away to children, all of whom proclaimed they were good this year.
Although we have never figured out how Santa can deliver presents to children all over the world in just one night, we do know how he managed to get around all of Pine Township on Saturday. The nice firefighters at Wexford Volunteer Fire Co. gave him a ride, he said, as he handed out candy to boys and girls throughout Pine neighborhoods as a light snow fell. Actually, there were four Santas and four fire trucks. Rumor has it that Santa enlisted the help of three elves to don big red suits and help him out. The Santa Express is a yearly event for Wexford Volunteer Fire Co. The red trucks and red suits were a perfect match.