Beaver County Times, Pa.
Oct. 28—Personnel from various Beaver County fire departments fought two back-to-back structure fires in the early morning hours of Oct. 23.
The first took place at approximately 4:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of Penn Avenue in New Brighton at Meehan’s Self Storage.
The Beaver Falls Fire Department battled the blaze for 90 minutes alongside the New Brighton Fire Department and the Rochester Fire Department. Firefighters treated nearby buildings for heat damage, remaining at the scene for about three hours.
While cleaning up in New Brighton, the department was notified, shortly after 7 a.m., of an apartment building on fire in Beaver Falls. There, they found the three-story structure with smoke visible on the first floor.
Beaver Falls firefighters, alongside the Chippewa Township Fire Department, Patterson Heights Fire Department, North Sewickley Fire Department and Big Beaver Borough Fire Company, responded as crew found a working fire on the first floor and smoke throughout the building.
“The fire was knocked down quickly and the entire apartment building was searched finding everyone had evacuated,” responders said on Facebook. “This fire was placed under control in about 30 minutes.”
One resident on the building’s second floor was taken to Heritage Valley Hospital with shortness of breath, with a second occupant treated at the scene.
Crews left the scene around noon.
Firefighters commended the Beaver Falls Police Department, which arrived on the scene first and entered the building to alert and help evacuate residents before fire crews arrived.
“Without their efforts, the outcome of this fire may have been much more tragic,” Beaver Falls firefighters said in the post.
Nicholas Vercilla is a staff reporter for the Beaver County Times and Ellwood City Ledger. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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