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.
Monday, April 22, 2013
The minor fire caused some damage to an apartment kitchen.
Limerick, Linfield and Trappe Fire Departments responded to an emergency call from an apartment in the Summer Chase complex around 8:30 p.m. on Monday night. Limerick Fire Department chief Ken Shuler said that something cooking on the stove in the apartment caught fire and scorched the stove and cabinets, but that the apartment's sprinkler system put the fire out. "It's more water damage than fire damage," Shuler said. "The sprinklers did what they were supposed to."
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The home and a garage were not damaged, but a shed and some items in the yard were.
A Tuesday afternoon fire burned a property on Kline Road in Upper Providence Township, destroying two small sheds in the yard and damaging a wood pile and other items. The emergency call came in at approximately 3:40 p.m. Several area residents reported seeing black smoke in the air. At least eight fire companies responded, including five tankers, along with several ambulance crews. Upper Providence fire marshal Joshua Overholt said that the homeowner told firefighters that he was burning trash in a barrel. Overholt could not confirm if the barrel tipped over or if the wind blew burning debris into the yard. Overholt said that Upper Providence Township ordinances prohibit open burning. Additionally, the area is also under a fire danger …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
The Friday night fire was confined to one home, but caused damage to the attic.
A fire broke out around 8:30 p.m. Friday evening at an apartment in the Orchard Court complex in Upper Providence Township. Royersford Fire Chief Gary Wezel told Patch that when fire crews arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the roof and attic area of 84 Orchard Court. When firefighters entered the building, the crackling of flames was audible from the attic. A resident was overheard telling neighbors that "the bathroom fan just blew up." The apartment is the center apartment in a row of five apartments. The two apartments on either side were filled with smoke but did not suffer fire damage. The fire was contained to the attic of 84 Orchard Court. Wezel said that the attic was full of the residents' belongings. Firefighters were …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
A Sunday afternoon fire was allegedly set following a domestic argument.
The Royersford Police Department arrested a borough resident on Sunday evening following a fire investigation at the Sherwood Apartments at 201 Main St., Royersford. Police said in a press release that the fire was intentionally set following an argument between Elaine Turns, 52, and her boyfriend. Police said in the release that when emergency crews arrived at the scene, an apartment was on fire. The investigation determined that Turns, an occupant of the apartment, allegedly lit the fire in retaliation to her boyfriend walking out. Turns has been charged with six felony and two misdemeanor counts. Four involve arson: arson with the danger of death or bodily injury, arson of an inhabited building or structure, arson endangering property, …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The owner had hoped to occupy the renovated house in about three weeks.
Last updated 9:12 a.m. Thursday A fire heavily damaged a residential structure in the Linfield section of Limerick on Wednesday night. The house was located on Trinley Mill Road, about 200 yards south of Main Street in Linfield. The fire was well underway by the time the first responders arrived at the scene, according to Linfield Fire Chief Don Maleta, whose squad was training at the nearby Linfield Fire headquarters when the call was dispatched. "Parts of the home were collapsing within minutes of arrival," Maleta said Thursday morning. The unoccupied home was undergoing renovations, Maleta said, and the owner had hoped to take up residence in about three weeks. Maleta said the home's location was a challenge in fighting the fire. "Due …
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced the arrest of 20-year-old Shakeem Carter, of Norristown, for the Feb. 12 murder of Kevin Allen.
[Editorial note: This story contains graphic descriptions of a murder that may be disturbing to some readers.] Describing the gruesome scene investigators discovered on entering apartment 127 of the Hanover Garden Apartments in North Coventry, Pa. on the evening Feb. 12, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said they had opened "a doorway to hell." Twenty-year-old Shakeem Carter, also of Norristown, has been arrested and charged with the grisly murder that authorities say was in connection with a robbery. Carter had allegedly stolen $350 given to Allen by his father to buy clothes. Seventeen-year-old Kevin Allen's body was discovered in the blood-soaked apartment after police responded to a 9-1-1 call from a neighbor who heard a "…
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.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The well-known restaurant and bar was destroyed by a fire that reportedly began in the basement.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
No injuries were reported.
No injuries were reported during a fire call that closed Main Street in Royersford around lunchtime on Tuesday. The incident on the 200 block of Main Street was dispatched at about 11:40 a.m., according to the incident status page of the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety. The Royersford Office of Emergency Management reported on its Facebook page that a basement water pipe at the location had ruptured, leaking water onto a heating unit. The resulting steam and smoke then caused fire alarms to activate. The Royersford Fire Department evacuated the occupants of the building.