Thursday, October 18, 2007

On this day October 18

October 18, 1930 4:00 p.m. about four miles northwest of Shippensburg on the old Pike; a faulty flue caused a fire that destroyed an occupied farmhouse. The blaze began in the rear of the house and was fanned by a strong west wind. Firemen were unable to save the home because of a lack of water. Neighbors assisted the occupants in removing their possessions before the house burnt down. Damages were estimated at $4,000. The Vigilant Hose and Cumberland Valley Hose Companies answered the alarm.

Just to note, this was a couple of years before the Vigilant's began rural service. Fire apparatus did not just respond to a report of a fire outside of town like they did in the borough. The CV's would normally be the ones to respond because they had the only water pumper in Shippensburg at this time.

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