weldon st. house fire
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concerned resident

Canonsburg, PA

#1 Dec 3, 2010
listened to it on the scanner and sounds like somebody messed up!!! house could have been saved but now some people are homeless!
Fire Marshall Bill

Natrona Heights, PA

#2 Dec 3, 2010
I heard that the firemen didn't check the attic to see if there was any hot spots. Don't they have one of those infared cameras that show fire inside the walls?
Would not volunteer

Natrona Heights, PA

#3 Dec 3, 2010
I know how volunteer firemen are treated in Latrobe. If you listen to the scanner you can hear them being yelled at and belittled by those in power. It is amazing that there are any volunteers left. But then again you hear a whistle blow and you might get run over by a Ford pick-up with a flashing blue light.
LATROBEAN

West Mifflin, PA

#4 Dec 3, 2010
Would not volunteer wrote:
I know how volunteer firemen are treated in Latrobe. If you listen to the scanner you can hear them being yelled at and belittled by those in power. It is amazing that there are any volunteers left. But then again you hear a whistle blow and you might get run over by a Ford pick-up with a flashing blue light.
i agreen- it is such a thankless
job. They are merely volunteers trying to help us. i really
think that should be a salaried job and possibly replaced by
some positions that might not be as needed. Now, not saying
i know there are postions that could be elimintated - just
think it should be cosidered.
I was there

Pittsburgh, PA

#5 Dec 3, 2010
concerned resident wrote:
listened to it on the scanner and sounds like somebody messed up!!! house could have been saved but now some people are homeless!
The house was a total loss after the first blaze the inside was gone. The outside was the only thing intact after the first blaze if you weren't there don't talk about what you thought you HEARD on a scanner
Fred

Mckeesport, PA

#6 Dec 3, 2010
Was the chief on scene directing or was he somewhere else like he was whenever he was directing a traffic accident scene in Loyalhanna while he was still at the high school?
I was there

Pittsburgh, PA

#7 Dec 3, 2010
Fire Marshall Bill wrote:
I heard that the firemen didn't check the attic to see if there was any hot spots. Don't they have one of those infared cameras that show fire inside the walls?
The ceilings were pulled and what there was of an attic was searched and saturated. Don't talk if you weren't there and don't know what went on. You were probably in your warm cosey house anyway
I was there

Pittsburgh, PA

#8 Dec 3, 2010
Fire Marshall Bill wrote:
I heard that the firemen didn't check the attic to see if there was any hot spots. Don't they have one of those infared cameras that show fire inside the walls?
there were several cameras used, they show heat not fire the ceilings were pulled and the attic was searched. The construction of the house turned into apartments was such that it was impossible to be 100 percent sure. the house was a total loss after the first fire. The outside was the only thing intact. Since you were peobably in your warm house at the time and don't know what was going on don't speak
I was there

Pittsburgh, PA

#9 Dec 3, 2010
concerned resident wrote:
listened to it on the scanner and sounds like somebody messed up!!! house could have been saved but now some people are homeless!
The inside was a total loss after the first blaze. there was nothing left except the outside walls The people are homeless because of an unfortunate accident not because of the fireman. Why don't you drag your butt out of bed on a cold night and try it before you run your mouth
I was there

Pittsburgh, PA

#10 Dec 3, 2010
I can't belive I dignified you busybodies with a response anyway. none of you even know what your talking about you weren't there I doubt any of you would have the courage to do what those guys do on a nightly basis. the family events they miss, the warm dinners they leave, the nights of little or no sleep for no money or pay or even a thanks. to help protect the idiots in this town. Sure you can sit here and bash. But the minute any of you need them for as little as some water in your damn basement, the tree that fell and is blocking your way home or the cable wire that is laying in your yard these guys jump right up and come take care of you although I don't know why they would.

5th Ward Resident

“Won't you touch my sweater”

Since: Sep 10

Latrobe, PA

#11 Dec 3, 2010
I was there wrote:
I can't belive I dignified you busybodies with a response anyway. none of you even know what your talking about you weren't there I doubt any of you would have the courage to do what those guys do on a nightly basis. the family events they miss, the warm dinners they leave, the nights of little or no sleep for no money or pay or even a thanks. to help protect the idiots in this town. Sure you can sit here and bash. But the minute any of you need them for as little as some water in your damn basement, the tree that fell and is blocking your way home or the cable wire that is laying in your yard these guys jump right up and come take care of you although I don't know why they would.
I don't want to be a downer, but:

0) "Why would the fire chief tell the firemen to stay away?

1) The Pittsburgh evening news stated that "10 fire companies responded to the fire". This has been my point all along, why do we have so much fire equipment, when 10 fire companies respond to a house fire in a 2 story house!

2) You, up above ^^ There are only a few fires a year in Latrobe, and a bazillion (nice) volunteer fireman. You're playing the "little violin" awfully hard for a fire that needed 1-truck and, what? 6 men?

3) I heard that the Fire Chief told the men NOT to respond, until her went to the house, himself to check it out!

4) THE ABOVE sounds suspicious to me, since, well, 10 units eventually responded, and there are SO MANY "business" fires around here that never seem to get turned into arson. This was a "RENTAL" and you know, I'm just saying, "Why would the fire chief tell the firemen to stay away?
Redneck

Kittanning, PA

#12 Dec 3, 2010
All I can say is that the volunteer firemen in this city desreve a lot of respect and praise for the job they do...for all of us.

It's no easy task to roll out of a warm bed on a below freezing night to respond to anything from a car accident to a flooded basement. Spraying water on a sub-zero night and going into a burning building with no visibility is heroic in my opinion. If you think taxes are high now, just go from a volunteer department to a paid one.

Anyone who bashes these guys realy doesn't know what they are talking about. Either they are jealous because they couldn't make the team or are just malcontents about everything.
Hates Ignorance

Butler, PA

#13 Dec 3, 2010
"You're playing the "little violin" awfully hard for a fire that needed 1-truck and, what? 6 men?"

Please re-state the credentials under which you can make such a statement of "fact". Somehow I missed it the first time.
Hates Ignorance

Butler, PA

#14 Dec 3, 2010
" I heard that the Fire Chief told the men NOT to respond, until her went to the house, himself to check it out!"

Key word, "heard". Just because the "voices" are getting louder. It doesn't make them any more real.
Curious

Kittanning, PA

#15 Dec 3, 2010
Would not volunteer wrote:
I know how volunteer firemen are treated in Latrobe. If you listen to the scanner you can hear them being yelled at and belittled by those in power. It is amazing that there are any volunteers left. But then again you hear a whistle blow and you might get run over by a Ford pick-up with a flashing blue light.
is the ford truck gray????
Lord altar ego

Kittanning, PA

#16 Dec 4, 2010
I was there wrote:
I can't belive I dignified you busybodies with a response anyway. none of you even know what your talking about you weren't there I doubt any of you would have the courage to do what those guys do on a nightly basis. the family events they miss, the warm dinners they leave, the nights of little or no sleep for no money or pay or even a thanks. to help protect the idiots in this town. Sure you can sit here and bash. But the minute any of you need them for as little as some water in your damn basement, the tree that fell and is blocking your way home or the cable wire that is laying in your yard these guys jump right up and come take care of you although I don't know why they would.
This person is a liar. Did anyone catch it?
Fred

Mckeesport, PA

#17 Dec 4, 2010
You mean how they said they were there... but said: "I doubt any of you would have the courage to do what those guys..." instead of "I doubt any of you would have the courage to do what we..."

So, again I ask, was the chief on scene? I mean, he never leaves the comfort of the high school during the day for calls. Would he leave his cosey(SIC) home to run the scene?

5th Ward Resident

“Won't you touch my sweater”

Since: Sep 10

Latrobe, PA

#18 Dec 4, 2010
Fred wrote:
So, again I ask, was the chief on scene? I mean, he never leaves the comfort of the high school during the day for calls. Would he leave his cosey(SIC) home to run the scene?
People with scanners heard the chief telling the fireman to NOT go to the scene -- until he went there first and checked out the fire himself.

The information I'm sharing was "heard" all over the area, by people with scanners.

Why would the chief tell fireman to STAY AWAY until he got there?

5th Ward Resident

“Won't you touch my sweater”

Since: Sep 10

Latrobe, PA

#19 Dec 4, 2010
Fred wrote:
You mean how they said they were there... but said: "I doubt any of you would have the courage to do what those guys..." instead of "I doubt any of you would have the courage to do what we..."
So, again I ask, was the chief on scene? I mean, he never leaves the comfort of the high school during the day for calls. Would he leave his cosey(SIC) home to run the scene?
Is the fire chief the same John Brasille who graduated from Latrobe High School in 1976, had long blond hippie hair, was class President, was skinny, and was into all sorts of "'smokin' hot stuff", etc?
Fred

Mckeesport, PA

#20 Dec 4, 2010
I believe that he did graduate then. He once ran an accident scene down on Industrial Boulevard while he was still at the high school working... not sure how that works.

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