Firefighters battle 4 blazes in Beaver County communities; 1 kills lambs and horses

Farm animals killed in Brighton blaze

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Firefighters in Beaver County battled four fires this morning, three reported within about an hour and a few miles of each other.

Crews were putting out flames at a home on 2120 Ritchie St. in Aliquippa hours after it was reported at 4:50 a.m., a Beaver County dispatcher said. Firefighters sat in two school buses to keep warm.

Also in Aliquippa, firefighters brought under control a house fire at 221 Wykes St. and were checking for remaining sources of heat that could rekindle the blaze about 7 a.m. The fire was reported at 3:42 a.m.

An Aliquippa firefighter said two residents were hurt while escaping from that home. They went to the hospital with an ankle injury and a bump to the head, he said.

No one was injured in the fire on Ritchie Street, the dispatcher said. The Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania was helping both displaced families.

In Brighton, a barn fire at 165 Hall Road was reported at 3:55 a.m. Thirty lambs died and three horses were killed or had to be put down because of their burns, the dispatcher said. No other injuries were reported there.

Aliquippa firefighters also helped with an early morning blaze on Pearl Street in Hopewell, first reported about 1:15 a.m., a dispatcher said.

Molly Born: or 412-263-1944 or on Twitter @borntolede. First Published January 29, 2014 7:32 AM

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