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Blaze Destroys Hunting Camp
Saturday, December 27, 2003 10:02 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Blaze Destroys Hunting Camp Hope Fire Company was dispatched for a building fire at the Black Bear Hunting Club located in Rush Township, behind the former Philipsburg State Police Barracks on the Philipsburg-Port Matilda Highway. Department Chief Jeff Harris was first on scene and advised a well-involved structure. Due to weather conditions, the road to the hunting camp was impassable. Engine 11-10 established the water supply by pumping from a dump tank located on the highway, fire fighters hand dragged 500 feet of 3 inch
through the woods from Engine 11-10 to the cabin for fire suppression. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Police Fire Marshall and is believed to be accidental in nature. The Chester Hill Hose Company, Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills, Houtzdale Fire Company, Port Matilda Fire Company, and the Moshannon Valley EMS assisted the Philipsburg Fire Department. No injuries were reported.

Second Alarm Building Fire in Chester Hill
Sunday, November 30, 2003 00:29 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Second Alarm Building Fire in Chester Hill Hope Fire Company was alerted for a full house response to assist the Chester Hill Hose Company with a building fire at 1652 Walton Street in Decatur Township, Clearfield County. Engine 11-10, arriving first on scene, dropped 800 feet of 5 inch from a hydrant at the northwest corner of the property and laid into the front of the industrial structure. With heavy fire showing from the office area in the center of the building, the crew from Engine 11-10 stretched a 2 ½” and a 1 ¾” preconnects as Tower 12 and Engine 14
arrived. The masonry and steel bow truss structure was used as a maintenance facility by Rotary Drilling Services, a blast hole and well drilling equipment company. The fire is under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal. Chester Hill was assisted on the scene by the Hope and Reliance Fire Companies of Philipsburg, Wallaceton Fire Company, BJW Fire Company, Morris Township Fire Company, Winburne Fire Company, Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills, Houtzdale Fire Company, and the Moshannon Valley EMS.

Philipsburg Fire Department Summoned to Sheetz
Thursday, November 13, 2003 17:52 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
The employees and customers of Sheetz on North Front Street in Philipsburg were chased into the cold last night after the burning smell of plastic forced an evacuation of the business. Fire fighters from the Hope and Reliance Fire Companies used a thermal imaging camera to search for the origin. The roof, the interior of the building, and the ventilation system were checked, but everything seemed normal. The store was closed and maintenance employees were called to try to determine the cause. Five employees were transported to Philipsburg Area Hospital with headache and nausea. The Philipsburg Fire Department was assisted by the Chester Hill Hose Company, Morris Township Fire Company, Columbia of Osceola Mills, Madera Fire Company, and the Moshannon Valley EMS.

Accident With Entrapment
Friday, November 07, 2003 14:21 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
An accident on Front and Locust Streets in Philipsburg sent a Philipsburg man to the trauma center at Altoona Hospital. Vernon Dixon, driving a Subaru Outback, failed to stop at a red light and collided with a 1998 Peterbilt truck driven by Herman Espy Jr. of Spruce Creek. Hope Fire Company Deputy Chief Chad Baughman was at the fire station on Front Street and was alerted to the accident by the sound of the impact. Chief Baughman was immediately on scene and called for the Philipsburg Fire Department to be dispatched. Mr. Vernon was trapped in his vehicle and was extricated by rescue crews using the "Jaws of Life". Mr. Vernon was transported by the Moshannon Valley EMS to Philipsburg Area Hospital and later transported to Altoona. Mr. Espy was not injured and was released by EMS on scene. The Philipsburg State Police are investigating the accident.

Dwelling Fire Claims Life of Philipsburg Man
Monday, November 3, 2003 2:23 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Dwelling Fire Claims Life of Philipsburg Man Fire Fighters from the Hope and Reliance Fire companies were dispatched to home on 105 Hillcrest Street for a dwelling fire with entrapment. Philipsburg Department Chief Jeff Harris arrived on scene and reported a working fire and confirmed an individual was still trapped in the home. Engine 11 and Truck 12 quickly arrived on scene and began rescue operations. Rescue crews reported heavy smoke and heat inside the home. Tom Sellers, owner of the Philipsburg True Value Store and lifetime member
of Hope Fire Company, was found in his bedroom. Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers pronounced Mr. Sellers dead at the scene. The fire is under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal and the origin is believed to be accidental in nature. The Chester Hill Hose Company, Morris Township Fire Company, Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills, Mountaintop Fire Company of Sandy Ridge, and the Moshannon Valley EMS assisted the Philipsburg Fire Department.

Fire Destroys Boggs Township Home
Wednesday, October 22, 2003 00:40 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Hope Fire Company was alerted for a mutual aid request to assist the BJW Fire Company for a dwelling fire on Huckleberry Hill Lane in Boggs Township. A shortage of hydrants in the area hampered fire-fighting efforts. Engine 11 and Tanker 23 established a dump tank site at the bottom of the lane and Engine 11 supplied water via LDH to Engine 232. The home is considered a total loss and the cause of the blaze is under investigation. BJW was also assisted by the Clearfield Second Ward, Hyde Fire Company, Glen Richey Fire Company, Rescue Hose and Ladder of Curwensville, Chester Hill Hose Company, Wallaceton Fire Company, Houtzdale Fire Company, and the Clearfield EMS.

Vacant House Destroyed By Fire
Friday, September 19, 2003 13:53 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Vacant House Destroyed By Fire The Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills was dispatched for a structure fire in Decatur Township along State Route 970 in Morgan Run. Hope Fire Company responded Engine 11 and Tanker 11 to assist Osceola. The building is considered a total loss and the cause is under investigation by State Police Trooper Kenneth Hahn and the Columbia Fire Company. Approximately 30 firefighters from Mountaintop Fire Company, Chester Hill Hose Company, BJW Fire Company, Houtzdale Fire
Company, and Ramey Fire Company also assisted. The Moshannon Valley EMS was on the scene and established a rehabilitation station. Fire fighters were on scene for about 4 ½ hours, no injuries were reported.

Philipsburg Hit With Flash Flooding
Saturday, August 9, 2003 19:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Philipsburg and South Philipsburg Boroughs were declared local disaster areas by Centre County EMA Randy Rockey after 4 inches of rain fell a span of 45 minutes. The rain began around 7 pm, and shortly after it began, flash flooding occurred as storm drains became backed up. Water began filling the streets, the force of the water blew off manhole covers and washed out street surfaces in some areas. Vehicles became stranded in high water when the engines stalled. In some residences, the sewers became infiltrated with storm water and water gushed out of the basement floor like a geyser. Other residences were flooded as surface water flowed over the sidewalks and into the homes. The alarm was struck for all available hands to report to firehouse. Hope Fire Company cleared the barn as every piece of apparatus responded to assist the public. A command post was established at the Reliance Fire Station to coordinate resources and personnel. A total of 91 requests for assistance were received by the command post. The Philipsburg Fire Department was assisted by 11 fire companies, including Lawrence Township, Hyde, Glen Richey, Boalsburg , Pleasant Gap, Port Matilda, Snow Shoe, Pine Glen, Alpha of State College, Milesburg, and Mountaintop of Sandy Ridge.

Accident Claims Life of Philipsburg Man
Tuesday, July 29, 2003 15:37 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
A man is dead following a one-vehicle accident on State Route 504, but police don’t know when it happened. According to police, Donald Wayne McClincy, 54, of Philipsburg was traveling east on SR 504 around a gradual curve to the left when his 2001 Jeep Cherokee traveled of the road onto the south berm and struck a segment marker with its left front end. Police said the vehicle then hit the ground with its undercarriage and rolled end over end, which caused Mr. McClincy to be ejected. His vehicle then struck a utility pole support cable with its right front; the vehicle then rotated in a clockwise motion and rolled over again. Following the impact the jeep came to rest on the southern side of the roadway. Centre County Deputy Coroner Brian Burns pronounced Mr. McClincy dead at the scene at 4:35 pm Tuesday. Hope and Reliance fire companies and Moshannon Valley EMS assisted police at the scene.

Structure Fire With Entrapment In Chester Hill
Wednesday, July 23, 2003 22:08 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Fire fighters from Hope Fire Company were alerted to assist the Chester Hill Hose Company for a dwelling fire at 613 Decatur Street. Chester Hill Fire Chief Rick Loughhead was on his way home from the firehouse when he spotted an unknown fire. Chief Loughhead went to investigate the fire and discovered a working structure fire with entrapment, and radioed for a first alarm assignment. Resident Karen Kephart was in bed on the second floor when her cat scratching on the bedroom door alerted her. Mrs. Kephart opened the door to find the hall filled with smoke, she shut the door and called 911, and started screaming for help. Neighbors heard the cries for help and got a ladder to reach Mrs. Kephart Following her rescue, Mrs. Kephart was transported to Philipsburg Area Hospital, where she was treated for smoke inhalation and released. Chester Hill was assisted by the Hope and Reliance Fire Companies of Philipsburg, Columbia of Osceola Mills, and the Moshannon Valley EMS.

Fire Claims Life of 4-Year-Old Twins
Monday, July 21, 2003 22:37 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
A fire at a South Philipsburg Borough residence ended in tragedy. Fire fighters from Hope Fire Company were dispatched to the home of Leroy and Cindy Johnston at 609 Walnut Street for a dwelling fire with entrapment. Philipsburg Department Chief Jeff Harris arrived on scene advising a working fire and confirming entrapment. Fire fighters attempted to reach the two trapped children by accessing a second floor window. Although fire fighters found the children, resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. The twin boys, Noah James and Nathan Andrew Johnston, were pronounced dead at Philipsburg Area Hospital. Deputy Fire Marshall Terry Miller will conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire. Hope and Reliance fire companies were assisted at the scene by the Mountaintop Fire Company of Sandy Ridge, Chester Hill Hose Company, Morris Township Fire Company, Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills, Houtzdale Fire Company, and the Moshannon Valley EMS.

Dwelling Fire in South Philipsburg
Wednesday, July 2, 2003 15:29 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Dwelling Fire in South Philipsburg Fire fighters from nine companies responded to a structure fire in a home located on Chestnut Street in South Philipsburg Borough. Philipsburg Department Chief Jeff Harris was first to arrive on scene and reported a working structure fire and requested a second alarm response. The home is owned by David and Jennifer Eyerly and was occupied at the time of the fire. Brandon Eyerly, 9, heard an explosion in the garage. Brandon told his mother, who opened the door to the garage to see the area completely
on fire. Mrs. Eyerly gathered all the kids, called 911, and got out of the house. The extreme heat and humidity took its toll on the fire fighters. The Moshannon Valley EMS established a rehab station. The fire is under investigation by Trooper Terry Miller, the cause of the fire appears to be electrical in nature. The Hope and Reliance Fire Companies were assisted by the Mountaintop Fire Company of Sandy Ridge, Chester Hill Hose Company, BJW Fire Company, Morris Township Fire Company, Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills, Houtzdale Fire Company, and the Port Matilda Fire Company. The Moshannon Valley Red Cross was on scene and is assisting family members. There were no injuries reported.

Electrical Fire at Moshannon Valley EMS
Wednesday, June 25, 2003 09:14 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
An Engine Crew from Hope Fire Company responded to the Moshannon Valley EMS building located at 14 West Locust Street in Philipsburg for an electrical fire. EMS employees began to smell smoke in the structure and discovered flames shooting out of an office lamp socket. Hope and Reliance fire companies were dispatched, along with Chester Hill, Columbia of Osceola Mills, and the Morris Township Fire Company. Philipsburg Department Chief Jeff Harris arrived on scene and held all units in quarters except Hope and Reliance. A thermal imager was eventually requested from the Chester Hill Hose Company to verify no fire in the walls. There was minor smoke damage to the building and minor structural damaged in the office. Fire fighters were on scene for about 30 minutes, there were no injuries.

Three Vehicle Accident Injures Four People
Monday, June 9, 2003 15:15 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Rescue crews from Hope Fire Company responded to an accident on Route 322 near the Bradford Township line. According to police, Tyler Furrow of Morrisdale was traveling west on 322 and looked away from the road while rounding a slight right curve and drifted into the path of Eric Daughenbaugh of Tyrone. The front of the Furrow vehicle hit the left front of the Daughenbaugh vehicle. After impact, the Furrow vehicle spun one and three quarter times before the front wheel dug into the pavement and caused the vehicle to flip on its roof. The Furrow vehicle came to a rest, facing north in the westbound lane. The Daughenbaugh vehicle, a tri-axle truck, also spun in a clockwise motion and traveled about 185 feet before the left side of the vehicle hit the side of a third vehicle. Mr. Furrow was flown to Altoona Hospital. Michael Cole and Michael Saup, who were passengers in the Furrow vehicle, received moderate injuries. Mr. Daughenbaugh and Mr. Saup were treated and released at Philipsburg Area Hospital.

Fire Destroys Unoccupied House in Glass City
Monday, May 19, 2003 03:04 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Fire fighters from the Philipsburg Fire Department were alerted in the early morning hours for an all hands response for a dwelling fire in an unoccupied house in the Glass City section of Philipsburg. Within moments of being dispatch Hope Fire Company Assistant Chief Chad Baughman was on scene reporting a working fire on 1 1/2 story dwelling. Philipsburg Fire Department Chief Jeff Harris was next to arrived on scene and established command. The residence, located in the 400 area of Mallard Road, was owned by James Dunsmore of Osceola Mills and is considered a total loss. Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshall Terry Miller is investigating the cause of the blaze. The Mountaintop Fire Company of Sandy Ridge, Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills, Chester Hill Hose Company, and the Morris Township Fire Company assisted the Philipsburg Fire Department. The Moshannon Valley EMS was on scene for stand-by, no injuries were reported.

Mattress Fire Deemed Suspicious
Monday, May 12, 2003 18:59 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
The Philipsburg Fire Department and the state police at Philipsburg are investigating a suspicious fire at 115 Pine Street at an office owned by Dennis Genout. According to Philipsburg Fire Department Assistant Chief Tim Townsend, a mattress leaning against the building was set on fire. Chief Townsend said the fire damaged the external siding on the building. The Chester Hill Hose Company and Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills were cancelled en route. Moshannon Valley EMS was on scene for stand-by. No Injuries were reported.

Busy Weekend For Hope Firefighters
Sunday, April 13, 2003 3:25 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Busy Weekend For Hope Firefighters Hope Fire Fighters were summoned to assist the BJW Fire Company with a structure fire at 805 Main Street in Woodland at 12:54 am. The fire appears to have been accidental and appears to have begun in the basement as the result of an electrical fire. As fire fighters continued to extinguish that blaze, a second fire broke out at the Ed Cambria residence at 511 Adams Street. According to Assistant Chief Wes Cartwright, the fire appears to have begun by a resident smoking in bed. Trooper Terry Miller,
state police at Rockview fire marshal, is expected to conduct an investigation to determine the exact cause. The fire was contained to the bedroom, and the room is a total loss. Mountain Top of Sandy Ridge, Chester Hill Hose Company, Columbia of Osceola Mills, and the Moshannon Valley EMS assisted the Philipsburg Fire Department. A third fire occurred 3544 Old Erie Pike. According to Philipsburg Assistant Chief Jeff Harris, the fire was a short in the wiring to the hot water heater. There was no structural damage and only minor smoke damage. No injuries were reported in any of the fires.

Hope Rescue Summoned for Vehicle Accident With Entrapment
Thursday, April 10, 2003 14:30 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Rescue personnel from Hope Fire Company responded to assist the Winburne Fire Company with a single vehicle accident on the Cassanova-Black Moshannon Road. The driver of the vehicle was entrapped and members from Rescue 11-18 performed a full extrication. In order to free the patient, the roof of the passenger car was removed and the dashboard pushed using the Hurst “Jaws of Life” hydraulic rescue tools. An Engine from Reliance Fire Company was diverted to the dam at the Black Moshannon State Park to establish a landing zone for the helicopter. The driver, Frank Miller of Lanse, was transported by helicopter to the trauma center at Altoona Hospital. According to police, Mr. Miller was traveling west on Black Moshannon Road when, for unknown reasons, he drifted off the road and traveled approximately 150 feet on the north berm and struck a large tree head-on. The Moshannon Valley EMS also responded.

Mo Valley YMCA Fire Under Investigation
Sunday, March 2, 2003 13:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
The Hope and Reliance Companies responded to a building fire at the Moshannon Valley YMCA. The fire was extinguished before the arrival of the fire department. State Police at Philipsburg are investigating the fire, which has been determined to be arson. Trooper Carl Abernathy Jr. said the fire started around 1 p.m. in the men’s restroom of the YMCA’s basketball building when someone used wooden matches to light a cardboard box on the floor. The fire was contained to the box and did not cause any damage, but the building was evacuated due to smoke. An investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is to contact police at 342-3370.

Fire Fighters Respond to Morrisdale House Fire
Saturday, March 1, 2003 19:50 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Hope Fire Company was alerted on a second alarm to assist the Morris Township Fire Company with a structure fire at 3703 Morrisdale-Allport Highway. The home, owned by Larry Allen and Mandy Schmidt, received extensive damage in the 7:50 p.m. blaze. Quick work by fire fighters kept the blaze contained to the second floor where there was extensive fire, smoke and water damage. The first floor sustained water and smoke damage. Trooper Kenneth Hahn, state police at Clearfield, said the fire originated in the northeastern, second floor room and the cause is electrical and accidental in nature. Chester Hill Hose Company, Wallaceton, BJW, Winburne, Grassflat, and Reliance Fire Companies also assisted Morris Township Fire Company. Moshannon Valley EMS was on scene for standby. There were no injuries reported.

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