Saturday, October 20, 2007

On this day October 20

October 20, 1930 at 5:30 a.m. a fire alarm was reported from three miles north of Shippensburg. A large barn and its contents were destroyed in an early morning fire. The blaze started when the farmer sat his lantern on a rail in the barn and it fell bursting into flames. The fire spread to a wagon shed, chicken house and other outbuildings also causing their destruction. Twice the house caught fire but the fire department was able to save it each time. Damages were estimated at $10,000. The Cumberland Valley Hose Company responded to the incident. Just to note this was before the Vigilant’s began rural service, the CV’s ran their American LaFrance triple combination pumper out of town when needed.

Does anybody know that Shippensburg has had seven fire companies since 1830?
Shippensburg Fire Company
Vigilant Fire (Hose) Company
Alert Fire Company
Niagra Hook and Ladder Company
Cumberland Valley Fire (Hose) Company
Keystone Hook and Ladder Company
West End Fire and Rescue Company
In the coming months more will be posted on each of them.

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