Thursday, April 25, 2013
The county's top five news stories for the month of April shouldn't be missed.
It's hard to keep track of all the sources of news out there. Thankfully, Patch is here to package it all up nicely for you. Even with a frequent eye on the sites, you are bound to miss a few good stories. With over 12 sites in the county, it's nearly impossible to read the best items. Of course, we have a way to make that easier for you, too. Check out these top five stories from Montgomery County Patch sites for the month of April. Did you miss a hot aritcle? Now's your chance to catch up on the latest buzz. Here are the must-see headlines: Did you have a favorite we missed? Share the link in the comments below, so other readers can enjoy a great story just like you.
Friday, February 22, 2013
An explosion at a Hatboro home sends locals for emergency care.
Three people were left burned after a gas explosion at a Hatboro home in Upper Moreland Township. Two have been taken to local hospitals for care. According to the Department of Public Safety of Montgomery County, emergency crews were called out at 10:38 p.m. to a call in Upper Moreland Township to the 2700 block of Broadway Avenue. A medivac helicopter was called in, and landed at Willow Grove Mall in order to transport one victim who had "life threatening injuries" according to scanner reports. A second victim was being taken to a local hospital. The person's status was unknown to Montgomery County Dispatch, but discussions of taking the burn victim via helicopter or ambulance was still being decided at this hour. A third ambulance was…
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Fire investigators remained at the scene Saturday night. Employees evacuating the building believed the fire began in the building's furnace.
A fire destroyed the Valley Forge Beef & Ale restaurant on Trooper Road in Audubon on Saturday. The 18 customers and five employees in the restaurant at the time the fire started early Saturday afternoon reported hearing an explosion in the basement that "made the first floor rock," according to a statement sent to the media by Lower Providence Township on Saturday night. For the full story, including updated bulletins, visit Lower Providence Patch.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Police notified fire crews after responding to a 9-1-1 hangup at Melrose Shopping Center.
Police, not a security guard, alerted firefighters to the blaze that began through three stores at the Melrose Shopping Center in Cheltenham on Thursday night, a fire official said Friday. Cheltenham Fire Company Asssistant Chief Chris Drach said that police were responding to a 9-1-1 hangup call at the shopping center, which is near the corner of Cheltenham and Bellmawr avenues. Upon arrival, Drach said, the police found the guard lying on the floor of one of the shopping center's stores. They noticed the fire and alerted fire crews. “Police were sent here for a 9-1-1 hang-up call," Drach said."There was smoke coming from the front of the building, they noticed an occupant, down on the floor in the building. Police went in, removed the …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Early reports indicate a resident of Willow Lake was flown by helicopter to Temple.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, January 18
UPDATE 7:15 p.m.: According to reports from ABC6, the fire has been placed under control. "Initial reports indicate that fire was coming from one of the units in the building," said ABC's report. "The cause remains under investigation." Initial Report Below: Willow Grove Fire Company was dispatched at 5:43 p.m. Friday night for reports of a fire at a residential structure along York Road, according to Montgomery County's Department of Public Safety Web CAD system. The fire is reportedly at York and Lakevue roads at 1120 York Road, Willow Grove. Breaking News Network reported at 6:06 p.m. indicated that the location is a retirement home and that one victim was reported with burn injuries. The extent of the patient's injuries was unknown. …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Smoke said to be visible from second floor
- POLICE & FIRE
Monday, January 7
UPDATE: Crews left the scene after about 30 minutes. No one was injured. See the update here. Patch is monitoring emergency radio reports of a house fire on Meetinghouse Road between Fox Chase Road and Susquehanna Road. Multiple firefighting units are at the scene, which has been described as a two story residence with smoke issuing from the second floor. Expect traffic disruptions in the vicinity of the fire scene. A reporter is en route to the scene. We'll update this story as more information becomes available.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Up to 150 displaced
A Friday night fire heavily damaged a condominium complex in the Wyncote section of Cheltenham, forcing up to 150 people from their homes. As many as 200 firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and other responders assisted at the scene on 1600 W. Church Road, near Arcadia University. For more on the fire, read Patch's full report here.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Fire may have started in stove of third floor unit; Cheltenham High School set up as temporary Red Cross shelter; up to 150 displaced
A four-alarm fire heavily damaged a condominium complex and displaced up to 150 people in the Wyncote section of Cheltenham on Friday night. No official estimates were available early Saturday morning on the number of people injured in the fire at 1600 Church Road, which was reported at about 9:23 p.m. Friday. Alertpage reported that three firefighters had received minor injuries and that three other patients were transported from the scene. Close to 200 firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and other emergency responders were believed to have responded to the fire, which turned the night sky orange in the residential neighborhoods surrounding the complex. At least 50 condominiums were impacted, according to Judge Renee Cardwell …
Friday, June 29, 2012
A reported garage fire occurred in the early morning hours on Friday.
[Updated noon] A structure fire was reported early this morning in Huntingdon Valley. According to Willow Grove Volunteer Fire Chief Lee Perlmutter, the call went out at 7:51 a.m. for a outside garage on the property of 1601 Huntingdon Road. According to Perlmutter, a passing motorist alerted the owner of smoke on his property. Fire crews from Willow Grove Fire Company Squad 10, Engine 10 arrived on scene with responders from Bryn Athyn Engine 11 and Abington Ladder 100. According to Perlmutter, the fire crews were able to control the garage within 20 minutes on arrival. Perlmutter added that a hazmatt team was also called, due to the presence of gasoline containers in the garage. The fire is being considered accidental in nature, pending …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Fire officials from the Pennsylvania State Police, Montgomery County and Abington and Cheltenham townships were on the scene; no one was injuired
A U-Shaped building in the 8400 block of Limeklin Pike is still smoking following a late-night fire. Cheltenham Fire Marshal Joe O’Neill said moments ago that units got a call for smoke in the area at about 11 p.m. last night. The first alarm attempted to go inside the building, but it was quickly determined that the fire was throughout the structure. “We backed out and used an exterior master stream,” O’Neill said. “It was determined pretty early that no one was going inside so we set up a collapse zone. Basically, the building was written off — there was no way to stop it.” According to O’Neill, the building was vacant. Not too long ago it was used as an office building for the Wyngate Town Homes development, in which it sits. Prior to …