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Fire on Spruce Street

fire17dddI try not to get too preachy about things, but I have a prayer/good vibes request for all of you out there.

Yesterday, a home in my neighborhood caught fire and the family lost pretty much everything. If you could send your thoughts/prayers/good vibes to them, I would appreciate it.

It’s always devastating to hear about these things, but this one hits so close to home – literally – it genuinely shook me up.

Luckily, no people were injured. However, some of the family’s pets did not make it.

Thanks, everyone! And especially thanks to the fire personnel who were able to contain the fire!

Frozen photos

We’ve all talked about how it’s cold.

But sometimes you just have to see it to believe it. There’s nothing like seeing the icicles form to see how freaking cold it really is.

Yesterday, there was a fire in Danville, and our photographer captured the chill perfectly:

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Around the country, it was much the same story, as illustrated is ABCNews.com “The Week In Photos:

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Ann Arbor firefighters work to put out a fire that engulfed Happy’s Pizza in Ann Arbor, Mich., Jan. 7, 2014. Firefighters worked for several hours in temperatures that dipped to minus 15 degrees to extinguish the blaze at the pizza shop. No injuries were reported. (Melanie Maxwell/The Ann Arbor News/AP Photo)

Bundled up against the minus 5-degree temperatures in Pittsburgh, a couple walks past a storefront advertising a European Wax Center, Jan. 7, 2014. A high of 2 degrees is called for on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo)

Bundled up against the minus 5-degree temperatures in Pittsburgh, a couple walks past a storefront advertising a European Wax Center, Jan. 7, 2014. A high of 2 degrees is called for on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo)

A person struggles to cross a street in blowing and falling snow, as the Gateway Arch appears in the distance, Jan. 5, 2014, in St. Louis. Snow that began in parts of Missouri Saturday night picked up intensity after dawn Sunday with several inches of snow on the ground by midmorning and more on the way. (Jeff Roberson/AP Photo)

A person struggles to cross a street in blowing and falling snow, as the Gateway Arch appears in the distance, Jan. 5, 2014, in St. Louis. Snow that began in parts of Missouri Saturday night picked up intensity after dawn Sunday with several inches of snow on the ground by midmorning and more on the way. (Jeff Roberson/AP Photo)

Stay warm, people!

More photos: Shamokin fire

It doesn’t matter how many fires you go to as a reporter, it doesn’t matter how many deaths you write about, each one affects you.

I remember the faces of the people I’ve written about posthumously. I still feel the emotion.

And yesterday was no different. I went to a fire in Shamokin, where a young girl died. It was wrenching to think that she was just 13-years-old.

But you still have a job to do and information to get out.

Part of my job yesterday was to take photos, and here’s some of them.

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Now Trending on Facebook

There were some big stories breaking early in the week this week, with some almost-celebrity sightings, a house fire and a tragic shooting in the Poconos which had people talking on the Daily Item’s Facebook page.

Take a look at what people were talking about this week:

  • Monday, there was a huge house fire in Point Township, in which a family lost their home, but were all safe, which is the important thing. Here’s a photo from the scene:561213_10151743093271168_433717537_n
  • Also Monday, there was a shooting in Monroe County at a town supervisor’s meeting, which raised concerns about the safety of public meetings.
  • On a much lighter note, fans of the A&E hit “Duck Dynasty” got worked up Wednesday, when a production truck parked at the Susquehanna Valley Mall, which they thought was carrying the stars of the show. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

Bonus Photos: Fire Cadet Weekend in Elysburg

This weekend, I worked the Saturday shift and started my day at Fire Cadet Weekend at the Elysburg Fire Department.

It’s a cool program designed to introduce teens to emergency response.

I kind of wanted to be a cadet, they got to do some cool things, like rappell, see a controlled home fire and get up close with Life Flight.

When I was there, they were learning about equipment.

Here’s some extra photos:

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Bonus Photos: Freeburg fire

On Saturday evening as many people were in the middle of enjoying their three-day weekend, a house fire broke out in Freeburg, Snyder County.

It was pretty big too, the fire spread to an adjacent, historical building and pretty much demolished both buildings.

The smoke was really bad and stuck to my clothes afterward – I think it might still be there.

Here’s a couple photos that I took on the scene there of the buildings:

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A trip though Centralia

On Saturday I had an assignment that took me through the notorious village of Centralia.

Centralia is well known by many as a creepy, weird place a la the wildly popular video game and movie franchise “Silent Hill,” which the creator said he based on the village.

The story goes something like this: There’s a mine fire in Centralia that has been burning for something like 50 years. Because the government says that’s dangerous (there’s been some incidents with sink holes and such) they’ve tried to buy out everyone’s home and pretty much demolished the place, leaving it a wasteland.

I have out-of-state friends who know nothing about the area, but they’ve heard of Centralia.

There’s still something like 2-5 houses there, but most of the town has become an overgrown shadow of a town, with sidewalks and streets lining nothing – just a relic of what once was.

Here’s the thing: I grew up in and around the Coal Region – so I’ve been through many times. I never got the “creep factor.” To me, it isn’t really creepy; it’s just, well, sad.

My parents and Pap remember visiting Centralia when it was once a thriving coal town. It was a place where families built their lives. Now, it’s just some overgrown weeds.

But anyway, here’s some photos – you can decide for yourself if you ever make the drive down Route 42.

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