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Firefighters extinguish Logan Twp. blaze

Icy pavement, narrow driveway challenge crews

Despite icy conditions and a narrow driveway, which limited vehicle access, Blair County firefighters extinguished a two-alarm chimney fire Saturday at a residence on Longview Drive, according to a news release.

Located in the Kittanning Trail section of Logan Township, the fire was discovered by the homeowner, who quickly called 911, the release stated.

On Saturday evening, Logan United Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Ronald Shoenfelt and firefighters from the department’s Kittanning Trail station arrived first at the scene, and noted the chimney fire was already burning the living space ceiling.

With the home set at the end of a long, icy and narrow driveway, first responders had limited space to maneuver emergency vehicles into the best positions to attack the blaze.

Despite the challenges, crews set up ladders around the home and set to work exposing and extinguishing the fire, which took about 2.5 hours, according to the news release.

“A significant ice build-up on the metal roof and the location of the chimney made working from the Lakemont ladder truck challenging, and extremely dangerous,” Shoenfelt said in the release. “These firefighters worked, and they worked hard under very challenging circumstances – everyone responding had some role in extinguishing this fire.”

Logan United firefighters were aided by crews from Lakemont, Newburg, Grandview stations, Greenwood and Allegheny Township as well as firefighter units from Hollidaysburg, Duncansville and Bellwood, according to the news release.

One firefighter was transported to a hospital with an injured hand. Shoenfelt estimated damage to the residence could be $200,000, the news release stated.

The Logan Township police and highway departments, AMED and the Altoona Water Authority responded and supported the operation, while fire companies from Freedom Township, Geeseytown, Ashville and Gallitzin provided coverage for local crews on scene, according to the news release.

Firefighters cleared the scene around midnight.

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