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Stockdale fire, N. Charleroi crash keep emergency personnel hopping

| Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, 12:36 a.m.
Chris Buckley | The Valley Independent
Kelly Farquhar talks with her neighbor Jim Gregg after a fire at her 211 Railroad St., Stockdale, home late Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. The home is pictured in the background. Gregg, the Stockdale fire company president, was credited with calling in the blaze.

A fire in Stockdale and an accident in North Charleroi involving a car and motorcycle kept emergency personnel in the Charleroi Fire District busy late Monday night.

A motorcyclist was flown by emergency helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Charleroi Regional Police Officer Bill Gardner said the cyclist was conscious and talking to police before he was transported to a landing zone at the Charleroi Area School campus.

Police did not release the name of the motorcyclist.

Gardner said the driver of a black Nissan, Richard M. Fauvie, 39, of 35 Tyler Ave., Charleroi, was traveling northbound up the hill on Route 88, just north of the John K. Tener Bridge, shortly after 10 p.m. The vehicle hit the concrete wall, traveled 100 feet and spun, striking the motorcycle and pinning the operator against a concrete wall.

Lock Four firefighters were on the scene of the accident as well as Charleroi Regional Police.

Meanwhile, firefighters from Lock Four, Stockdale, Roscoe, Fallowfield Township and Charleroi responded to a fire call at 211 Railroad Street in Stockdale around 9:45 p.m.

Stockdale Fire Chief Tom Wilkinson said the cause of the fire was under investigation. He said it originated in the basement of the home. Firefighters found various charred wires in the basement, Wilkinson said.

The blaze burned itself out, but it later rekindled briefly.

Kelly Farquhar said she was sitting on the porch of her home when her two sons, Brett, 13, and Jacob, 12, came running out to tell her that there was a fire.

“The smoke was pouring out through the cable wires,” she said.

Farquhar said she and her sons escaped. One of their three dogs escaped and a second was rescued and revived by firefighters, but a third dog had already perished by the time firefighters got to it.

Wilkinson said Farquhar's neighbor, Jim Gregg, called fire personnel directly to report the blaze. Gregg is president of the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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