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Plane Down Near Mid-State Airport
Monday, June 26, 2006 10:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Plane Down Near Mid-State Airport One person was killed and three others critically injured when a single engine Piper Arrow crashed in the Black Moshannon Forest near the Mid-State Airport. The four seat aircraft took off from the Springfield/Robertson County Airport in Tennessee at 10:40 p.m. Sunday en route to the Mid-State Airport. The plane was cleared to land by the FAA flight control center on Long Island, N.Y., about 2:50 a.m. but the FAA center lost contact with the plane about 3 am. When the pilot failed to close out his flight plan, a
search was conducted by the Civil Air Patrol. Around 10 am, the Philipsburg Fire Department, Port Matilda Fire Company, Milesburg Fire Company, Morris Township Fire Company, Winburne Fire Company, and the Moshannon Valley EMS were alerted to respond to the accident. Rescue crews, carrying power tools and medical supplies, reached the downed plane in the heavily wooded area around 11 a.m. One patient had to be cut from the aircraft by removing one side of the plane’s fuselage. The three surviving passengers were transported to Altoona Hospital in critical condition. The three were identified as Justin Hughes, 18, Fayez Abdel, 33, and Mohamed Abdel-Khalik, 31. The pilot who perished was identified as Kaul Mitchell Wilson. Police said all four were from Springfield, Tennessee. Agencies which also responded include the Pennsylvania State Police, Stat MedEvac crews from Altoona and Clearfield, Centre County Coroner's office, Centre County Search and Rescue, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, Mid-State Airport Authority and the U.S. Air Force.

One Injured at Basement Fire in Rush Township
Tuesday, April 11, 2006 18:57 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
One Injured at Basement Fire in Rush Township The Philipsburg Fire Department was dispatched for a dwelling fire at 145 Womer Road in Rush Township. Engine 11-10 was at the Philipsburg Area Hospital awaiting the arrival of a medical helicopter when the second call for the dwelling fire was dispatched. Engine 11-10 advised Centre County the helicopter would be landing on an established heli-pad and proceeded to respond the structure fire. Engine 11-10 arrived first on scene and reported a two story home with smoke showing.
The homeowner was injured while attempting to extinguish the blaze. He was treated and released by the Moshannon Valley EMS and later went to the Philipsburg Area Hospital by private vehicle. The cause of the blaze is unknown, however the fire is under investigation by the state police fire marshal in Hollidaysburg. The Chester Hill Hose Company, Morris Township Fire Company, Columbia Fire Company, and the Houtzdale Fire Company also assisted at the scene.

Wild Fire Consumes 350 Acres on the Sandy Ridge Trail
Thursday, March 30, 2006 13:08 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Wild Fire Consumes 350 Acres on the Sandy Ridge Trail Hope Fire Company responded a Brush Unit and Tanker to assist the Mountain Top Fire Company with a wild fire off of the Sandy Ridge Trail. Crews from 18 fire companies spent hours on the scene trying to contain the brush fire. According to Ken Barnes, Forest Fire Investigator, the blaze consumed 351.44 acres. The Department of Conversation and Natural Resources is seeking any information into the cause of the blaze, which is still under investigation. Anyone with information is to call 765-0821.

Fire Destroys Decatur Township Home
Saturday, February 25, 2006 13:27 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Fire Destroys Decatur Township Home Hope Fire Company was summoned to assist Osceola with a dwelling fire located at the intersection of Mease and Sanborn Roads in Decatur Township. Strong winds hampered firefighting efforts and drove the fire through the home. According to Chief Jerry Barnett, the fire originated in the garage, and the wind swept the fire to the connected home. Efforts to control the blaze were also hampered by a lack of water supply at the scene. A tanker shuttle was established at the Brisbin Dam. One firefighter from the
Columbia Fire Company suffered a leg injury and was treated at the scene by the Mountain Top EMS. The Columbia Fire Company was also assisted by the Chester Hill Hose Company, BJW Fire Company, Houtzdale Fire Company, Ramey Fire Company, Madera Fire Company, Glen Hope Fire Company, and the Reliance Fire Company.

Hope Firefighter Burned Battling House Fire
Saturday, January 28, 2006 9:28 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Hope Firefighter Burned Battling House Fire The Philipsburg Fire Department responded to a dwelling fire at 110 North Seventh Street in Philipsburg Borough for a reported fire in the kitchen. Department Chief Todd Dixon arrived on scene and discovered a working fire with heavy smoke showing. Engine 11-10 and Truck 12-16 arrived shortly thereafter at the address. Firefighters entering the first division experienced high heat conditions. When the entry crew began exiting the structure, a member of Hope Fire Company suffered burns when the firefighter was
caught in a flashover. The firefighter was treated at Philipsburg Area Hospital and then later transported to the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh. The firefighter was later released the same day and is expected to make a full recovery. A 12-year-old boy was also treated at the Philipsburg Area Hospital for an ankle injury. This is the second time this home has caught fire in the last three months. The Chester Hill Hose Company, Morris Township Fire Company, Houtzdale Fire Company, and the Moshannon Valley EMS also assisted. Clearfield No. 4 and Columbia of Osceola Mills were on stand by. State Police Fire Marshal Jeff Wharran is investigating the cause of the blaze.

Garage Fire In Rush Township
Tuesday, January 24, 2006 11:33 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Garage Fire In Rush Township The Philipsburg Fire Department responded to a reported garage fire at 119 McDonald Lane in Rush Township. Engine 12-10 and 11-10 arrived on scene simultaneously. E1210 proceeded to Side B of the structure with Department Chief Todd Dixon reporting a working fire and assuming command. E1110 dropped a driveway line of LDH and proceeded to Side A.. The fire was quickly contained and only heat damage was sustained to the building. Unfortunately, the blaze claimed the lives of two
dogs, which were inside the garage. According to Chief Dixon, the fire is considered accidental and was caused when a woodpile ignited which was adjacent to a wood burner. The Chester Hill Hose Company, Morris Township Fire Company, Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills, and the Houtzdale Fire Company were cancelled in route.

Dwelling Fire in Chester Hill Leaves Two Homeless
Saturday, January 21, 2006 22:30 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Dwelling Fire in Chester Hill Leaves Two Homeless Hope Fire Company responded to assist the Chester Hill Hose Company for a dwelling fire located at 107 Gertrude Street. Engine 11-10 was first to arrive on scene and discovered a two-story home with smoke showing. A working fire was reported and Engine 11-10 dropped a supply line from a hydrant to the address. As the engine crew from E1110 continued the scene assessment and prepared for entry, neighbors advised that an occupant could be trapped inside the home. A priority was
transmitted that the home could have possible entrapment. Firefighters did a sweep of the structure however no one could be found. The Reliance Fire Company, Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills, Houtzdale Fire Company, and the Moshannon Valley EMS also assisted Chester Hill. No injuries were reported. State Police Fire Marshal Trooper Mike McCracken was on the scene and determined the blaze was intentionally set. Trooper McCracken is asking anyone with information pertaining to the fire to call him at 857-3800.

Fire Destroys Home in Decatur Township
Thursday, January 12, 2006 2:47 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Fire Destroys Home in Decatur Township Hope Fire Company responded to assist the Columbia Fire Company for a dwelling fire adjacent to 651 Drane Highway. Engine 11-10 responded with manpower to assist with operations on the scene. The fire destroyed the vacant home and caused extensive damage to an adjacent home. Reliance Fire Company, Houtzdale Fire Company, Mountain Top Fire Company of Sandy Ridge, and the Mountain Top EMS also assisted Columbia Fire Company. No injuries were reported. State Police Fire Marshal
Trooper Mike McCracken is investigating the cause of the blaze.

The New Year Begins With Pin Job
Saturday, January 1, 2005 1:40 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Rescue crews from Hope Fire Company rang in the New Year by responding to an early morning vehicle accident with entrapment. The accident occurred at 4017 Old Erie Pike in Boggs Township. A Chevy Blazer left the roadway and struck a tree head-on. Rescue 11-18 extricated the patient by using the Hurst Maverick Hydraulic Rescue Tool, also known as the “Jaws of Life”. The patient was transported to Philipsburg Area Hospital by the Moshannon Valley EMS. Hope Fire Company was on scene for 45 minutes.

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