Thursday, October 25, 2007

On this day October 25

October 25, 1941, 6:15 a.m. Viener Building on East King Street. Occupants were awaken by the fire and ran to the Cumberland Valley Hose house to ring the bell and turn in the alarm. When firemen arrived they found fire in the basement rapidly extending to the first floor Acme market. All but one of the 16 families living in the four-story building was able to escape safely. One occupant did not hear the cry of fire and was overcome with smoke and was removed via ground ladder by firemen. The Vigilant Hose and Cumberland Valley Hose companies brought the blaze under control in 45 minutes. One fireman was slightly injured. Damages were estimated at $23,000 to $27,000.

October 25, 1969 the West End Fire and Rescue Company broke ground on Lurgan Avenue for their new building.
Paul Karper, Karper Builders, Contractor; Mervin Fogelsanger, WEFR President; Richard Van Scyoc, Shbg. Borough Council President; Henry Grove, Southampton Franklin Township Supervisors Chairman.

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