Monday, April 8, 2013
A day after a three alarm fire broke out at the leasing office of Blair Mill Apartments in Horsham, only charred remnants remain and the blaze appears suspicious.
Horsham fire officials are working to determine if Sunday's three alarm fire, which took roughly six hours to completely extinguish was intentionally set, or the result of someone flicking a cigarette butt into a flower bed with fresh mulch. On Monday morning, Horsham Fire Co. Chief Tim Flanagan, when Patch reminded him of last summer's arson at neighboring Montessori Children's House, and dumpster fire at Keith Valley Middle School, a string of garage fires recently and "suspicious" fires dating back to spring 2012 in the same general vicinity, Flanagan acknowledged that he has concerns that Sunday's fire was intentionally set. "It raises a red flag in my head," Flanagan said. "I still have to look at this as an isolated …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Fire companies from Horsham and the region are working to extinguish a fire on Blair Mill Road in Horsham.
Fire crews in Horsham have contained a three-alarm fire on Blair Mill and Briarwood roads, and are working to put it out completely. The fire, which broke out 1:43 p.m. Sunday, was brought under control at 3:30 p.m., according to Horsham Fire Co. Chief Tim Flanagan. The blaze started as a brush fire in front of the leasing office at the Blair Mill Apartments, 298 Blair Mill Road and quickly spread to the building, which contained seven offices, three of which were unoccupied, according to officials. "Wind was a significant factor," Flanagan said, adding that it moved to the soffets and "within minutes the roof was on fire." Stay tuned to Patch for updates as they become available. To make sure you don’t miss updates on this story, or …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
A month-long book drive at Keith Valley Middle School netted 1,600 books for Montessori Children's House, which had its 2,000-book library destroyed as a result of an August fire.
The library structure itself may be unusable, but that does not mean book-borrowing is over for the 85 students at the Montessori Children's House in Horsham. Following a fire in August, the school, which educates kids from 18 months to age 6, was left with the charred remains of its library, which had housed 2,000 books. But, in the weeks since, an overwhelming outpouring of support from the community - including Keith Valley Middle School's month-long book drive which netted 1,600 books - has doubled the number of books available for children to check out, Principal Nona Melnick told Patch. "The community has been unbelievable," Melnick said. "People have just opened their hearts." On Wednesday morning, Keith Valley students walked …
Friday, October 5, 2012
As many as 40 housing units and 100 residents have been affected by the fire, the Red Cross says.
Monday, September 10, 2012
A fire caused heavy damage to several apartment units in Hatboro Monday morning.
Fire departments from around the area responded to an apartment fire shortly after around 8 a.m. at the the Stonybrook complex off York Road in Hatboro Monday. No one was injured during the blaze, which was put under control in about 20 minutes, Enterprise Fire Company Chief Keith Gordon said. When fire crews first arrived to the building they spotted heavy smoke and fire coming from the second floor of the building, Gordon said. Crews from several area companies quickly went into service to contain the flames. The resident of the most heavily damaged apartment was not home at the time of the fire, the chief told Patch. After the fire had been knocked down, authorities entered the building and began to extinguish "hot spots" which remained…
Public adjusters and fire remediation representatives wait for entry into The Shoppes at Blair Mill in Horsham following Sunday's two-alarm fire.
Metal is strewn in front of boarded-up storefronts, glass is broken and portions of the roof are missing at the Shoppes at Blair Mill following a two-alarm fire Sunday evening. And that's just from the outside. Inside, water and smoke damage is definite. The only uncertainty, according to Anthony Lehman of Accusource Services, is to what extent damage was sustained in the six businesses that comprise the Horsham strip mall, which is located across the street from Village Mall on Moreland Avenue. "It looks like there's significant damage in every store," Lehman told Patch early Monday morning as he waited for the store owners, or plaza owner to allow his company access to the inside. "When you show up, you pretty much know what it looks …
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Crews from multiple departments tackled a fire that broke out Sunday evening in the Blair Mill strip mall on West Moreland Avenue in Horsham.
Fire crews from Hatboro, Horsham and surrounding communities worked to extinguish a blaze which appears to have started at a laundromat in a West Moreland Avenue strip mall Sunday. Thick, black smoke filled the sky and throngs of people surrounded the Shoppes at Blair Mill center to watch as crews battled the blaze Sunday evening, which began shortly before 5 p.m. and was brought under control just after 6 p.m. Michele Shour of Horsham said she was inside the laundromat - which is situated in the 100 block of West Moreland Avenue in Horsham - washing two weeks worth of her and her 7-year-old son's clothes when she noticed smoke in the ceiling. "He was a little more scared," Shour said, as she watched crews work on the fire from across …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
A fire in a three-story building broke out Tuesday afternoon.
Fire officials from multiple departments worked to extinguish a two-alarm fire which broke out shortly before 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Situated at Horsham and Lower State roads in Horsham Township, heavy fire was pouring from the roof of a building still under construction. No injuries were reported, but firefighters were monitored due to Tuesday's high temperatures. The fire was placed under control just before 2 p.m., officials said. J.D. Brooke of Philly Fire News, said a portion of Horsham Road was closed while firefighters worked to knock down the fire that he said started in the attic area of the building and quickly spread to the roof. Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The two-alarm fire in the Morrisville section of Falls Township drew a response from across Bucks County.
Firefighters from all parts of Bucks County and several New Jersey communities battled a large blaze at SIMS Metal Management in the Morrisville section of Falls Township Tuesday, working well into the evening. One employee of the metal recycling yard on Steel Road suffered minor smoke inhalation injuries but refused to be taken to the hospital, Falls Township Fire Co. Chief Mike McClellan said. Thick black smoke from the blaze could be seen from miles around and was blown by a light wind toward Trenton, N.J. The fire was reported in a 100-foot-long, 35-foot-high pile of stacked vehicles set to be recycled at around 3:35 p.m., McClellan said. When the chief left his home to respond to the call, smoke from the fire could be seen from his …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
An after school fire at Simmons Elementary School in Horsham has left an odor throughout the building.
An overheated HVAC motor caused a fire to break out at Simmons Elementary School around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, officials said. The fire was extinguished in less than an hour and no one was injured as a result, according to Horsham Fire Company Chief Tim Flanagan. Students had already departed for the day. Flanagan told Patch that an overheated or "worn out" motor on the school's HVAC system is believed to have been the culprit. Flanagan said building damage would not require the school to be closed. "That would be their call," Flanagan said of the district's decision to open Thursday. "It has a little bit of a stink inside." School officials said students will report to school as usual Thursday. Aftercare students will remain outdoors …