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Structure fires in Bullskin, Mt. Pleasant Borough keep crews busy

| Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 4:54 p.m.
Evan R. Sanders | Daily Courier
A firefighter with Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department attacks a structure fire at 343 Bellview Road in Bullskin Township approximately 10:27 a.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Volunteer fire departments from Everson, Bullskin and Connellsville Township responded to the scene along with Fayette EMS. The fire reportedly was contained in the front room of the structure.
Evan R. Sanders | Daily Courier
A volunteer firefighter with Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department, readies himself to assist in attacking a structure fire at 343 Bellview Road in Bullskin Township approximately 10:27 a.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Volunteer fire departments from Everson, Bullskin and Connellsville Township responded to the scene along with Fayette EMS.
Evan R. Sanders | Trib Total Media
A firefighter with Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department prepares to attack a structure fire at 343 Bellview Road in Bullskin Township approximately 10:27 a.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Volunteer fire departments from Everson, Bullskin and Connellsville Township responded to the scene along with Fayette EMS.
Kelly Vernon | Trib Total Media
Mt. Pleasant, Norvelt and East Huntingdon Township fire departments respond to this garage fire approximately 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at 808 Smithfield St. in Mt. Pleasant Borough. The fire apparently started from a battery charger hooked to a motorcycle battery, according to Mt. Pleasant Fire Chief Gerald Lucia.

Two structure fires kept fire crews busy before noon on Tuesday in Bullskin Township and Mt. Pleasant Borough.

Fire departments from Bullskin, Connellsville Township and Everson responded to a working structure fire at a mobile home at 343 Bellview Road at approximately 10:27 a.m.

According to Fayette County property records, the home is owned by Carl Wiltrout Jr. and Carla Wiltrout of Connellsville.

Dusty Rhodes, Captain One with Bullskin Township VFD, said there were no injuries from the fire because nobody was home at the time and a neighbor called 911.

Rhodes said the cause and origin of the fire were unknown at this time, but said they were lucky the fire didn't claim the entire mobile home.

“We contained the fire in the front room of the trailer,” Rhodes said, “and that's a good thing because that saved the trailer.”

No other information was available by at presstime.

A garage fire broke out approximately 10:30 a.m. at 808 Smithfield St. in Mt. Pleasant Borough.

Mt. Pleasant Fire Chief Gerald Lucia said the fire started from a battery charger that was hooked up to a motorcycle battery.

Lucia said the motorcycle and the car inside the garage were destroyed.

“The garage sustained moderate damage, but is still intact,” Lucia said, adding that firefighters were there for about an hour before clearing the scene.

No injuries were reported.

Lucia added the homeowner is from the Pittsburgh area.

Along with Mt. Pleasant, fire departments from Scottdale, East Huntingdon and Norvelt and Medic 10 EMS responded to the scene.

Mark Hofmann is a Trib staff writer.

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