Leetsdale Industrial Fire Under Investigation

An industrial fire that destroyed a plant and damaged at least one other building in Leetsdale is under investigation by the Allegheny County fire marshal’s office. Emergency and company officials say workers at a warehouse in the Leetsdale Industrial Park were pouring hydraulic fracturing chemicals into a production tank Tuesday when the fire started, forcing residents from more than 70 nearby homes for several hours and injuring several people. Parts of Beaver County were affected due to the thick heavy smoke along the river, leading to an early dismissal for students at Hopewell Area High School. Beaver County Commissioner spoke with Beaver County Radio newsman Pat Septak, saying he was able to stay on top of the situation by receiving continuous updates from Beaver County Emergency Services Director Wes Hill. The evacuation order was lifted late yesterday afternoon after the chemical fire was contained.  The case has been turned over to Allegheny County investigators but officials say it could be days before more information is released.

Driver Missing After Vehicle Shears Pole in Raccoon Township

Police are searching for the driver who crashed a vehicle into a pole in Raccoon Township, and apparently ran off after the accident. Green Garden Road was closed shortly before 6:00 this morning after the accident, which brought down a pole and wires. Police say the vehicle was heavily damaged, and firefighters worked to clean up debris. P.C. O’Moore of the Raccoon Township Police Department tells Beaver County Radio that that road has since re-opened.

Firefighters Battle Chemical Fire in Leetsdale

Firefighters from Ambridge and Crescent Township were among several fire companies called to a chemical fire in Leetsdale this morning. The fire broke out at a structure on Industrial Drive at around 10:00 a.m. At last word, there may be a possible hazmat problem involved with that fire.

Leetsdale Fire
A chemical fire breaks out in the Leetsdale Industrial Complex Tuesday Morning.

Beaver County Radio Exclusive: Police May Have A Suspect in North Sewickley Township Robbery

New developments in the investigation of an overnight robbery outside of a North Sewickley Township convenience store. Police had been hoping that surveillance pictures would help lead them to the man who held up a gas station attendant. Around 10:00 last night, police say the suspect walked up to the attendant at the         B & B Mini-Mart on River Road in North Sewickley. The man held up a knife to the attendant and took between 200 and 300 dollars. North Sewickley Township Police Chief Jeff Becze tells Beaver County Radio that they have have a suspect in this case and that an arrest may be forthcoming.  Keep your radio tuned to 1230 WBVP and 1460 WMBA for the latest developments.

Holocaust Survivor Talks To Veterans About What He Experienced As A Young Boy

A host of organizations joined to honor about 200 veterans during a program over the weekend at the Beaver Valley Mall. It was held at the Center At The Mall and was part of several similar ceremonies held across the country to honor veterans. Holocaust survivor Judah Samet was the guest speaker. Samet tells Beaver County Radio his memories will be etched in his mind forever. He says the violence and the cruelty he experienced at the age of six was non-stop. Samet speaks to veterans groups and schools over all Beaver County.

Wolf Says Pennsylvania Will Accept Syrian Refugees

Gov. Tom Wolf says his administration will continue working with the federal government to resettle Syrian refugees in Pennsylvania following the Paris terrorist atttacks. Wolf, a Democrat, said today that the federal government believes it can handle an additional 10,000 refugees that the White House said in September that it would accept from Syria. Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services says 14 Syrian refugees have arrived in the state since Oct. 1. Eight governors, all Republicans, say they’re opposing efforts to relocate Syrian refugees in their states or they’re demanding to know more about the federal government’s security procedures to screen Syrian refugees.