4-Alarm Destroys a Piece of Pittsburgh


A 4-alarm fire was sounded for a four-story commercial structure fire in the intersection of South 11th Street and East Carson in Pittsburgh’s Southside on Monday, February 8, 2021, today.

Photo Credit | Pgh Public Safety

The fourth alarm struck at 1228 hours PT due to heavy fire showing through the roof of the four-story building.

People began reporting poor visibility due to intense black smoke pouring from the building, making it difficult to see in front of them and hard to breathe.

Some were seen walking in and around this toxic smoke on the fire ground.

Photo Credit | City of Pittsburgh

During the incident, it was reported on Scanner Feed that there was a Mayday even though fire Officials would later say there were no injuries to Fire personnel operating.

The upper and middle sections appeared in images to have collapsed, leaving most of the historic buildings ravaged by the fire.

The incident took 3.5 hours to bring the fire under control at 1301 hours PT.

All-in-all, there were about 75 firefighters engaged on the fire ground. They would remain on-scene until the building was demolished and the scene deemed safe.

Both 10th and 12 Streets will be closed overnight.

The Allegheny County Disaster Team is currently on-scene providing support and assistance to an unknown number of impacted residents.


The fire building was built in the 1870s of brick, which partially collapsed and deemed to have a poor structural integrity by the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections with the City of Pittsburgh.

This was said to be the South Side Welcome Building, a very old and iconic historical building in the Pittsburgh area.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2/8/2021 2025 PT

Brush Fire Ignited in Armstrong County, PA

Firefighters are busy fighting a structure fire on Margaret Manor in Kittanning, PA where tankers are having to go into the area and then turn around to get to Staging.

While they are fighting this fire, the Incident Commander (IC) received another call from Dispatch of a brush fire located in the 11300 block of SR 85 in Kittanning.

Tankers 160 and 110 were discussed as the next units to be dispatched.

We will update as more information is known for this second call.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 2/22/2020 1605 PST

Firefighters Fighting Fire While Ammunition Engaging


Firefighters from multiple Townships in Armstrong County, PA are working on containing a fire inside a structure that contains ammunition, putting their lives literally “on the line”.


Command is requesting additional Tankers to respond to the fire.

Resources f rom Kittanning Township FD, Burrell Township Volunteer FD, Dayton District VFD and Elderton Distriction VFD have been dispatched.


The fire is burning  in Cowashannock Township, just off of Route 85.  Fire personnel and equipment are focusing on their efforts in the Margaret Road area.

Tankers are being mostly used to get water on the fire.

Roof was starting to go and Command told all firefighters to stay out of the collapse zone.


We wil provide an update when more information is known. For now, limited information is being released by the fire / police departments or news media.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 2/22/2020 1600 PST

PA | Sulfur Plant Fire | Longswamp Township | 2


Around 1215 hours EST, a fire broke out at the Atlas Minerals and Chemicals Inc. sulfur plant, spewing black smoke and causing an environmental HAZMAT situation for responding personnel and residents around the structure.


The plant is located at 1227 Valley Road in Longswamp Township, near Topton in Pennsylvania.

A Smoke trail could be seen from as far away as Kutztown.

Photo Credit: David J Reimer Sr – Emergency Services Photography (used with permission)


The fire prompted assets from nearby stations in the area and as far away from Topton Fire Company #1 to respond.  The IC would eventually escalated this incident to a 2nd-alarm response.

A five-inch hoselay was used during initial fire attack activities.  Those who were initially on fire attack were all pulled out of the building and sent to REHAB/Medic evals.


Homes and local businesses were being evacuated that were in the hot zone.  Fire officials are asking that those avoid the area, to enable fire apparatus to move around more easily.

Photo Credit: David J Reimer Sr – Emergency Services Photography (used with permission)


A fence near the structure was the point used by the Incident Commander that all firefighters were required to wear their SCBA beyond this location.

The fire was brought under control.

Additional air units were dispatched to the scene to help fill bottles.

Firefighters were busy with decon and overhaul operations.


We will provide more details when we receive them.


#PAFire #CommercialFire #BerksCoFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Update #2 2/17/2020 @ 1210 PST

Product Recall | Hallmark Frosted Balsam Jar Candles due to Lac Hazard

A product recall was issued on December 20, 2019, by Hallmark due to a hazard that could occur if the candle is lit which can break the glass that could cause fire and laceration hazards.

Recalled Frosted balsam jar candles

About 4,500 products have been sold.  If you have one of these, the manufacturer’s solution is to return it to get a refund.

Here is how you can request a refund:  Hallmark at 800-HALLMARK (800-425-5627) from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at  http://www.hallmark.com  and click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the homepage for more information.  Recall # is 20-047.

Products were exclusively sold in Norman’s Hallmark stores in New Jersey and Pennsylvania from September 2019 through December 2019 for about $28.

Six incidents have been reported by causing fire of nearby items but no injuries, prompting the recall to be issued by the seller/manufacturer.

For more information about this recall, click on this link to the CPSC.gov website:  https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Hallmark-Recalls-Candles-Due-to-Fire-and-Laceration-Hazards

Source: CPSC.gov

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 0300 PST

Disaster News | Wilkes-Barre Township, PA Struck by Tornado | 1

WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Penn.  – A tornado warning went into effect around 2100 hours EDT until 2300  on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

An expected tornado hit a shopping district (one of the largest in NE PA or NEPA) near the Mohegan Sun Arena causing building structural collapses, significant damage, overturned vehicles and entrapment in building and vehicles.

A regional amount of resources descended upon the area and worked through the night and early morning hours to search for survivors.   There is no word on the count of injuries or if there are any deaths reported.

Tornado Warning for Luzerne/Lackawana Counties. Strongest rotation over Wilkes-Barre. | Photo Credit – Weather Media


There are several fire, EMS and other Agencies involved with this incident which include:

Photo Credit | Red Cross of Eastern PA

  • Luzerne County Fire Companies
  • Luzerne County EOC (activated/opened at 2254 EDT)
  • Avoca Fire Department
  • Mountain Top Hose Company 1
  • Naniticoke City Fire Rescue
  • Fairmount Township Vol Fire and Ambulance Co
  • Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company
  • Sweet Valley Ambulance Association
  • Slocum Township Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Company
  • Township Police Department
  • Red Cross Eastern PA
  • Nanticoke City Fire Department

All regional units were released from this incident at 0049 EDT on Wednesday.  Local units are still on-scene.


There are many eyewitness damage assessments being reported across Social Media and verifiable/reliable sources.

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Photo Credit | Nanticoke City FD

U-Haul Rentals

  • Vehicles turned upside in the parking lot

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Photo Credit | Nanticoke City FD

Panera Bread

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Photo Credit | Nanticoke City FD

  • 3750 Wilkes Barre Township Commons
  • Building collapsed.
  • Fire crews are doing a deep SAR search for possible entrapped victims.

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill

  • 265 Mund Street
  • Light poles on vehicles
  • A search by M9Alpha is in effect.

Township Road – Pine Tree x Loyalville Roads

  • Mud slide in roadway

Wilkes-Barre Township – Olive Garden Plaza

  • Unknown structure damage report

Photo Credit | NWS Binghampton

El Rey Azteca

  • Significant structural damage
  • Windows broken out
  • Roof appears to have caved in

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Photo Credit | El Rey Azteca


  • Significant structural damage

Mundy Street

  • Multiple collapsed/damaged buildings
  • AVOID Mundy Street around the Wyoming Valley Mall

Barnes & Noble Books

  • Part of the building has been destroyed
  • Appears Tornado hit the side of the building

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Photo Credit | El Rey Azteca


  • Building completely destroyed on the interior
  • Roofing has littered the parking lot

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Photo Credit | Nanticoke City FD


  • Some say it is rare due to being at nighttime and usually at night, the instability is low causing storms to weaken.  Saying between EF3-EF4.


This is located southwest of Scranton and  situated in Luzerne County, PA.  It has approximately a population of 40,569 residents.  It has industrial roots that is located along the Susquehanna River. The City is approximately two hours away from NYC and Philadelphia.

It is about 2.9 square land miles.  It is crossed from the northeast to the southwest by I-81, PA RT 309 and Business RT 309 (Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd).  Recognizable roadways are Kidder Street, Mundy Street, Highland Park Boulevard, Coal Street, Northampton Street and Blackman Street.

The downtown business district is host to about 11,000 employees, the 4th largest downtown workforce in Pennsylvania.

Some of the major shopping districts are the Mohegan Sn Area at Casey Plaza (formerly Wachovia Arena), Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township Commons, Highland Park Boulevard Plaza and the Wyoming Valley Mall (rebuilt after Hurricane Agnes destroyed it in the 1970’s).

The Wilkes-Barre City Fire Department consists of 3 Fire/EMS Stations (HQ, South Station and Hollenback Station) located on Ross Street, High Street and Washington Street. This is a paid career Fire Agency.

The Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department is made up of both Patrol and Detective Divisions.  There are 40 Police Officers and 1 Civilian personnel. The Agency has its own K-9 unit, Directed Enforcement Unit, Narcotics & Gang Unit and a Traffic and Parking Enforcement unit.

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Photo Credit | Wikipedia

Their substations are located at the Wyoming Valley Mall, the largest shopping facility in Northeastern part of the State and at Wegman’s Food Market on HIghland Park Boulevard.


(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2315 hours PDT

#Breaking | Fracking Explosion in PA

Updated 1500 Hours PST


Scanner Feed began picking up radio traffic around 1430 Hours PST of a fracking explosion at 78 Lusk Rd (Papa Bear Pad) in the Somerset Township in Washington County (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania.

Around 1440 PST, the FD was calling for additional tankers from nearby Fayette and Allegheny Counties.


A foam line was being used as tactics to suppress the fire around 1450 hours PST.


Fracking is defined as, “the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc., so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas.”

The dangers of Fracking has caused a lot controversies and you can see by these after effects as the reasons why:

  • Contamination of groundwater
  • Methane pollution and its impact on climate change
  • Air pollution impacts
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Blowouts due to gas explosion
  • Waste disposal
  • Large volume water use in water-deficient regions
  • Fracking-induced earthquakes
  • Workplace safety
  • Infrastructure degradation

Check this site that NPR put together with various drilling sites that have received multiple violations that clearly paint a picture of how dangerous these operations truly are.   http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/drilling/counties/washington-county/


There was one other post out on Social Media. Not much talking on the Scanner Feed but we will  bring more details as we receive them.

We are using #PAExplosion2017 #FrackExplosion2017

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog


Amtrak’s Train 89 Plows into Backhoe, Derails Killing 2 and Injures Many Passengers

Chester, PA – Earlier this morning, Amtrak’s Palmetto Train 89 traveling from New York to Savannah, Georgia struck a backhoe sitting on the busy rails in Chester, South of Philadelphia.  Two people were reportedly killed and up to 30 injured.


Amtrak stated that all train traffic had been suspended on the Northeast Corridor then later released a statement stating, “We are providing limited service between Wilmington and Philadelphia.”

As of 1151 PDT,  New York City Emergency Management tweeted that all Amtrak Northwest Corridor traffic has resumed between NYC and Philadelphia but to expect some delays.


Amtrak Hotline.  Friends and Family can check the status of their Loved Ones by calling Amtrak’s Emergency Hotline phone number 1-800-523-9101.

Red Cross.  The Red Cross responded less than an hour into the scene, bringing with them their Spiritual Care Team to the Trainer United Methodist Church on W. 9th Street.  They also set up at 30 Station with snacks, water and additional members of their Spiritual Care Team to help traumatized passengers.


Amtrak is currently working with the NTSB to thoroughly investigate this incident.  We are hoping for a good outcome as to how and why this occurred so it doesn’t happen again.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog