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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 5, 1986, Altoona, Pennsylvania Altoona vol. Igil no. 251 of our 111th year Mot phone 946-7411 a Altoona pa., saturday april 5, 1986 final edition 30 a copy p to 30 missing in san Francisco blast san Francisco up explosions demolished a three Story building housing dozens of workshops and apartments Friday trapping As Many As 30 people inside and triggering fire that belched a Black Cloud of toxic fumes Over san Francisco Bay. Another 16 people were injured by the explosions that blew the roof off the building set a second Structure ablaze in a business Park and knocked out Power to 4,000 Homes in the City s Southeastern Section officials said. Quot three to 30 people Are unaccounted for Quot Deputy fire chief Charles Crespi said Friday night. Quot we wont be going in to look for bodies until morning because of heat from the fire. The explosion erupted at 3 30 . Post in the building which housed apartments paint shops artist studios and other businesses officials said. Two More blasts went off within minutes witnesses said. The cause of the explosions were not known. Fourteen people were taken to san Francisco general Hospital. A Hospital spokesman said three were critically injured nine were in stable condition and two were treated and released. Two people were taken to St. Luke a Hospital for treatment of minor Burns. San Francisco general Hospital spokesman Ronald Dieckman said the people who were seriously injured were burned and inhaled hot fumes. All ambulances in san Francisco were ordered to the fire. A police officer at the scene said. Quot the people we were pulling out said there were still More people inside. We got a few out but there is no Way some people Are going to make it. This is a bad the explosions and fire shot a Black Cloud of toxic fumes 1,000 feet High Over san Francisco Bay and residents nearby were warned to stay indoors officials said. The warning was lifted Friday night when the Cloud dissipated. The wind whipped fire quickly spread to a second building in the business Park and a three Block area was evacuated. Some 150 firefighters contained both blazes Friday night after two hours. A third fire broke out at a nearby antique car shop but was quickly extinguished. Quot luckily the wind was blowing toward the water Quot Crespi said. Quot if it was the other Way it could have taken several witnesses said the explosions immediately collapsed the roof and top floors of the building and flames engulfed the Structure. Quot the whole roof just went Down and flames came said . Sayage. Who escaped with slight injuries. Quot there was no warning. There was a Gigantic explosion. It went from Daylight to pitch Black. I got out because the roof collapsed around me Quot said Richard Alpen an artist who was working on a sculpture in his studio on the top floor. Quot All of a sudden everything started failing Down Quot said John Leach who works in a furniture shop behind the building. Quot i thought it was an earthquake Quot i know there Are 50 people who worked in the building Quot said Rick Walker who works at a garage near the building. Quot there was a Boom and the roof of the building blew up at least too feet into the sky. I heard a Roar and then i Felt the one witness said he saw seven badly burned people lying in the Street in front of the building in the Hunters Point District near candlestick Park. The Federal aviation administration had warned aircraft approaching nearby san Francisco International Airport to stay away from the Black Cloud emitted by the fire until it dissipated. A Moon exits in. In a. Plank re amp is i Franktown re 2 it Iii St him my Mirror photos by Gary Saranac Xot so easy riders sometimes life a one big smooth ride. And sometimes you have to walk. Friday when Claysburg resident Harry Benton and 4-year-old daughter Keri were Enro Ute to the Logan Valley mall the rear tire on the elder Benton a motorcycle went Flat. But things could be been worse the pair weren to far from the mall where Benton a wife works. So they simply decided it was time to get off the Cycle and let leg Power take them where horsepower . Stouffer a. Needs overhaul of taxes by Phil Ray staff writer Hollidaysburg he s not sure exactly what form state tax Reform should take. But county commissioner William c. Stouffer says its time to take the Burden off property owners. In an interview Friday Stouffer said he Isnit so sure a personal income tax at the local level is the Way to give property owners tax Relief but he said he thinks that whatever tax Reform package is passed by the legislature it should be applicable to All local government. Stouffer a comments came in reaction to a Bill that would give just school districts the option to tax personal income. At a hearing of the state House finance committee thursday. Douglas Hill the director of the states association of county commissioners came out in favor of a county personal income tax Levy so counties can develop a tax package Quot More carefully tailored to the ability of citizens to .&Quot Stouffer said that he and his colleagues. John j. Ebersole and Donna d. Gority have no to discussed specific tax Reform. But he said the Board does agrees that some tax Reform is in order. The county for instance has Only one real local tax a the property tax. Blair county levies 17 Mills of tax on each of about 50,000 prices of property in Blair and collects More than $6 million. The seven school districts the 14 townships the eight boroughs and see taxes on Page a3 slate claims ambulance scam . Harrisburg up a medi Caid recipient who founded an ambulance service then billed medicaid for taking himself to the Hospital 269 times was arrested Friday the attorney general a office said. Donald Bowman jr., 22. Of Georges township was charged with 391 counts of medicaid fraud and 50 counts of forgery the prosecutors office said. Bowmans ambulance company Georges township individual . Ambulance corp., also was charged with 391 counts of medicaid fraud. Between june 6.1982, and aug. 31, 1985, Bowman allegedly filed 391 fake claims for medicaid reimbursement of ambulance services. He is charged with forging the signature of a medicaid recipient on 50 of the claims. Atac fires off another Volley by David vis staff writer pin Croft a the fight Over t the pm Croft solid waste Transfer station grew hotter Friday night As opponents released documents that detail alleged environmental abuses the critics claimed landowner Charles Powell was guilty of Quot flagrant violations Quot of environmental Laws in a letter dated Only it. Ims the . Army corps of engineers gave Charles Powell the owner of the land until dec. I. 19h>. To clean up the Landfill which Borders on the Little Juniata River Quot that was four months ago and nothing has changed Quot Joseph Pielmeier Antis township action committee vice president said Friday. Quot he Hasni to done anything. He has made no Effort to clean it Arthur Austin wants to put in a solid waste Transfer station at Antis Bridge near pin Croft. And the Atac wants to keep him out. Atac brought out the additional ammunition to a pre meeting press conference Friday night Pielmeier said he and fellow Atac member William partner had ferreted out documents from office of the environmental Protection Agency and the . Army corps of engineers one prime Issue is whether Powell is cleaning up his tract. Esther Davinsizer whose House overlooks the Landfill said she had seen Bulldozer activity there for two Days but said the Crews just seemed to be Quot moving the piles Pielmeier lashed out at Der Epa and the Antis township Board of supervisors for handling Powell with Quot kid gloves Quot through the whole affair. Quot Anthony Forgione Developer of Boyertown Usa get hit with a $4,000 Fine from Der for letting Silt into a Little Lake in a matter of Days. The Issue with the Basalt trap Rock company is much More serious and its been going on for years Der is doing nothing about it Quot Pielmeier said. Quot Powell is being handled with kid gloves while Forgione gets hit with a boxing Pielmeier said. Quot i done to know Why a i could make some guesses a but the government is dragging its feet Quot in a beginning to wonder if pin Croft should be cleaned up or the Der should be cleaned in another letter from the Epa to Powell the Agency Quot confirmed substantial environmental degradation see Atac on Page a3 billboards prompt signs of area opposition in the Mirror accidents. B2 kids. By Astrograph .b6 local. Bl-8 births. B2 movies. B4-5 business.dl-3 obituaries. .b2 classified. .d3-7 opinion. A4 comics. R7 outdoors. C7 crime. B2 sports. Cd i crossword. .b6 weather. Art or. Gott. R6 i re u lation hospitals. A by Tom Gibb staff writer to lots of conservationists billboards Are signs of irresponsibility. When they look at the Roadside advertisements the Only thing the conservationists see is red. So just As it was Only a matter of time before billboard companies started eyeing up new route 220, it was Only a matter of time until the conservationists began fighting Back. While they did no to take any action on it a and apparently wont a Logan township supervisors Are being urged to curb the billboards along the new Highway. Quot the Vista from route 220 overlooking the City is Beautiful one. Wed like it to stay that Way a Paula Ford conservation committee chairman with the Juniata Valley Audubon society wrote in a letter released this week. She cited a Georgetown University Law professor s study that said that communities that tried sign control ordinances Quot benefited Quot in addition areas that rely on tourism As a major Industry As the Blair county area Hopes to have found that controlling billboards helps present a better image of the area and to attract additional tourists Quot the audobon society officer wrote. For the time being. Is. Ford apparently won t get her wish. Supervisors Daniel Horner. Joseph Lynch and Vaul Rouzer indicated they did not favor any ban. But Horner said the supervisors would lean toward an informal limit one that might be backed up by the threat of regulation. One official with Penn advertising co., a major local billboard company wants to meet with supervisors. Allegheny township supervisors have already indicated concern about the signs and Altoona City authority members last week rejected a request from Penn advertising to allow billboards to go up on Westerly sewage treatment Plant land South of Altoona. A if one particular area looks particularly bad i feel he should agree to adjust anything not fit for the township Quot Horner said. A handshake agreement might not carry the township very far but solicitor Bertram Leopold said the supervisors would continue to carry an Ace up their sleeves the threat of a ban if the outdoor advertising gets out of hand

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