Saturday, October 13, 2007

On this day October 13

October 13, 1964 at approximately 11:15 a.m. an alarm of fire was sounded at Cressler’s Fruit Market, 209 West King Street, Shippensburg. A fire believed to be caused by an overheated flue in the incinerator caused $250,000 damage to the business. Over 200 firemen from 10 fire companies battled the blaze. The fire destroyed the warehouse attached to the rear of the store and caused extensive smoke and water damage to the main store and stock. The office area was also badly damaged. Borough fire chief Donald Witter declared the fire under control at 1:30 p.m. Several employees and firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation and one fireman was treated for lacerations after he fell through the roof.

Answering the alarm from Shippensburg were the Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies. The three companies remained on the scene until 3:04 p.m. when they answered an alarm at the Galen Asper farm on the Baltimore Road for a brush fire. They returned to Cressler’s and remained there until 9:30 p.m. At 4:30 a.m. the following morning the companies again returned to Cressler’s when a rekindle occurred in the ruble of the burnt out section of the building.

Sunday’s post will not be added until later in the day.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I remember the fire like it was yesterday. I was on an interior attack front the front up next to the "bulls eye". The attack was above the ceiling. Kept the fire from moving towards the front.

C.W.

Anonymous said...

I remember this fire as a spectator. I was in kindergarten at the time. Dan Oris (Vigilant Hose Co. member) was my bus driver. He picked us kids up at Nancy Grayson school that day and knowing my father was a member of West End Fire & Rescue, he drove us down Roxbury Rd. past Cressler's so I could get a better look at what was going on.

Bill Dubbs, Jr.

Bradley Myers said...

Great comments guys, I was a little to young to remember anything about the fire. I do remember Dan Oris, do you think a bus driver would do that for anyone today.

Anonymous said...

Brad, Great site. I remember being upset because I was in school and missed the fire. Went after I got out.

TM

Anonymous said...

Brad any other photos of this fire? I would be interested in seeing some.
B Cressler

Bradley Myers said...

Bobby, I have one other in my collection. Your dad should have the ones I have they are very common.

Anonymous said...

I dont recall him having any..... Ive only seen this one photo and I think 1 other.
Bobby