Friday, November 30, 2007

Barn Burns For The Third Time

November 30, 1909 at 3:00 p.m. firemen responded to a barn fire at Route 11 and the Walnut Bottom Road. A fire possibly caused by spontaneous combustion destroyed a barn, wagon shed, hog pen and their contents along with some livestock. Damages were estimated in excess of $3,300. Firemen concentrated their efforts on saving the surrounding buildings. This is the third time a barn was burnt down at this location, the others occurred in 1878 and 1900. The Vigilant Hose and Cumberland Valley Hose companies answered the alarm.

This post along with one on December 5 will be made every year I have the blog going. November 30, 2004, Jackson Gerhart a retired fireman from the Washington D.C. Fire Department and an active volunteer in Shippensburg was severely injured when he apparently fell from the rear of an engine and struck his head while attempting to lay a supply line at the scene of a house fire. Jack was flown to York hospital in serious condition. The alarm was turned in at 10:06 a.m. for 541 East Washington Street, Chambersburg and gutted a second floor bedroom causing $10,000 in damages.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Fire Destroys Leesburg Barn

November 29, 1960 at 3:30 p.m. firemen responded to a barn fire at Shippensburg R. R. 2, Leesburg. A fire of undetermined origin completely destroyed a stone and frame barn along with its contents and a car. With no water in the area the Viggies concentrated on saving nearby buildings. A damage estimate was not available. The Vigilant Hose Company answered the alarm. A tanker from Newville assisted.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Three Alarm Fire Races Through Auto Parts Store

November 28, 1990 at 3:10 a.m. a three-alarm fire caused extensive damage to Glenn Millers Auto Parts store at 8 North Penn Street. The fire began in the paint room and spread rapidly in the two-story brick building. Before firefighters could contain the blaze the Orrstown Bank building on East Kings Street suffered smoke damage and the Victory theatre on side four suffered some fire extension. Almost 100 firefighters from 14 companies battled the blaze. Firefighters remained on the scene until almost 2 p.m. Damages were estimated at $300,000. Arson was the cause of the blaze. The Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies operated at the scene.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Fire Damages South Penn Street Home

November 27, 1964 at 2:25 a.m., 221 South Penn Street, Shippensburg. An electrical short in the basement started a fire that caused heavy damage to an occupied two-story blockhouse. Before firemen could extinguish the blaze both floors received extensive fire and smoke damage. Damages were estimated at $10,000. The Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies operated at the scene.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Keystone Hook and Ladder Gets Truck

On November 26, 1896 along with Thanksgiving Day, the borough celebrated the arrival of the Keystone Hook and Ladder Company’s truck. The truck purchased from the Pioneer H & L Co. in Hagerstown arrived in Shippensburg by rail along with about 30 members of the Pioneer Company. The C.V. Hose Company and Town Band met the delegation on Orange Street and proceeded to parade through town. Once at the Council House speeches were made and the apparatus was housed. The members of the Pioneer were treated to supper at the Sherman House before heading back to Hagerstown on the 9:00 p.m. train.
This is the only photograph I have ever found of the Keystone's ladder truck, it was taken in Hagerstown in front of the Pioneer's building. Additional information on the truck along with the short history of the company will be posted at a later date.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

C.V. Hose Gets New ALF Combination Wagon

November 25, 1910 The Cumberland Valley Hose Company accepted delivery of their new American LaFrance chemical combination wagon. The wagon was painted red and trimmed in gold and black. Mounted on the wagon were two 35-gallon chemical tanks, axes, lanterns, two hand chemical tanks, ladders and 150 feet of ¾ inch hose.

I intended to post a photograph of the Chemical Wagon today but realized I used it on the November 3, 2007 post. That is the only know photograph of the wagon.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Fire Kills Three Dogs In The 52 Box

November 24, 2006 at 10:58 p.m., 228 Neil Road, Southampton Cumberland. An electrical problem sparked a fire that destroyed a double wide trailer and killed three dogs. About 40 firefighters from six companies had the blaze under control in 15 minutes and operated at the scene until 1:30 a.m. A damage estimate was not available. The Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies answered the alarm

Friday, November 23, 2007

Arson Fire Guts Downtown Apartment

November 23, 1989 at 2:07 a.m. a Thanksgiving morning arson fire forced 11 people from their apartments at 34 North Earl Street. The blaze was set in the first floor apartment and caused extensive damage to that unit and slight fire damage to the unit above. The other two apartments sustained smoke damage. Firefighters had the fire under control in 30 minutes and remained on the scene until 5:50 a.m. A damage estimate was not available. Later in the evening the companies worked a job in Lurgan Township, but that is another post. The Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies operated at the scene.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Nyesville Road Building Destroyed

November 22, 1972 at 7:57 a.m., Nyesville Road. A fire of unknown origin destroyed a frame woodworking shop and its contents. Damages were estimated at $3,000. The Vigilant Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies battled the blaze.
From time to time when I do not have a photo to post I will post a SFD patch. After they are all posted I will move on to outdated Franklin and Cumberland patches. Today's is Vigilant's second patch used in the 70's and early 80's.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Carlisle CD Radio Goes Into Service

November 21, 1957 the Cumberland County Civil Defense radio station located at the Cumberland County jail in Carlisle officially went into operation. The station had been in operation all week, but the official opening took place at 11:30 a.m. (11-21-57)

The new station makes the CD stations located in Shippensburg and the West Shore obsolete. Previously three stations were needed to cover the county. Whereas the former stations were all 60 watts, the new setup has a 250-watt station in Carlisle.

Charles U. Mowery explained that four paid men who would not be members of the sheriff’s staff would operate the station.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Scotland School Building Ruined In Fire

November 20, 1951 at 8:50 p.m., the Recitation building on the grounds of the Scotland School for Veteran’s Children, Greene Township. Faulty wiring in the attic was to blame for a fire that destroyed the large three-story brick school building. Firefighters from five companies worked until 3:00 a.m. to bring the fire under control. At this time the Scotland School operated a Model-T fire engine and the kids and staff were actively involved with the firefight. A few years later the apparatus at the school was upgraded. Two firemen were hospitalized with injuries and numerous others were treated at the scene. One civilian was also injured. Damages were estimated at $700 to $800,000. The Vigilant Hose Company assisted at the scene.

This photograph shows Scotland's 1921 Model-T rig in the CVVFA parade in Chambersburg 1973.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Garage Gutted In The 15 Box

November 19, 1990 at 11:18 p.m., 1690 Two Turn Road, Southampton Franklin. A fire of unknown origin gutted a 2-1/2-story frame garage destroying its contents. Firefighters from five companies had the blaze under control in 15 minutes and remained on the scene over one hour. A damage estimate was not available. The Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies operated at the scene.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Ranch House Damaged In Greene Township

November 18, 1980 at 4:45 p.m., 2429 Scotland Road, Greene Township. A malfunctioning wood burning stove started a fire that caused heavy damage to an occupied 1-1/2-story brick house. About 40 firefighters from three companies battled the blaze for over three hours. Damages were estimated at $10,000. The West End Fire and Rescue Company assisted at the scene.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Vacant House Demolished In Franklin County

November 17, 1991 at 6:00 a.m., 4677 White Church Road, Greene Township. An arson fire gutted a 2-1/2-story vacant brick farmhouse. The house had been vacant for the last 35 years and was full of antiques. Damages were estimated at $70,000. The West End Fire and Rescue and Cumberland Valley Hose companies assisted at the scene.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Two Perish In House Fire

November 16, 1957 at 9:45p.m. Shippensburg Rural Route 3, between Newcomertown and the Roxbury Road. Guest at a party along the Middle Spring Road noticed a glow and turned in the alarm. When firemen arrived they found a six-room house heavily involved in fire. Firemen said they fought their way through the fire and smoke for some 15 to 20 minutes in searching the four rooms downstairs before they located two victims on the floor in an up-stairs bedroom.

Thomas Murray, borough fire marshal, and Harry Bughman located the bodies. Theses two men with other firemen helped to lower the bodies by rope from the second floor bedroom to the ground below. A husband and wife perished in the blaze. Firemen had the blaze under control by 10:30 p.m. A damage estimate was not available. The Vigilant Hose and Cumberland Valley Hose companies answered the alarm.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Chambersburg House Burns

On November 15, 2004 at 1241 a.m. 941 Nelson Street, Chambersburg. A woman escaped her burning home by climbing from a second floor window, one pet died and three others needed to be taken to a veterinarian. The fire started on the first floor of the 2-1/2-story brick house and caused extensive damage before being controlled. Firefighters from nine companies battled the two-alarm blaze and remained on the scene until 3 a.m. Damages were estimated at $50,000. The West End Fire and Rescue Company assisted at the scene. A couple of years later this same couple would be burnt out again when a $1.2 million dollar fire would destroy their new house shortly before it was completed.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Vigilant's Get 1993 E-One

On November 14, 1993, the Vigilant Hose Company’s new 1993 E-One Cyclone engine arrived in Shippensburg. The new engine featured a 1500-gallon-per-minute pump and carried 750gallons of water. The engine replaced the 1981 Seagrave and was the first in a string of E-Ones purchased by the company.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Mobile Home Damaged By Fire

On November 13, 1981 at 1:29 p.m. at 6039 Cumberland Highway, Greene Township an electrical problem started a fire that destroyed the kitchen of a mobile home. Smoke and heat damaged the rest of the home. Firefighters from five companies had the blazer under control in 15 minutes. Damages were estimated at $10,000 and one occupant was displaced. The Cumberland Valley Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies assisted at the scene.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Alarm Of Fire In Shippensburg

November 12, 1893 at 9:45 p.m., fire bells rang out an alarm of fire near the center of town. Firemen soon raced to West Main Street (King) one half block west of Railroad Street (Earl) where they found a barn and its contents well involved in fire. Firemen soon had three powerful streams flowing but before they could extinguish the blaze a nearby stable was also destroyed. Damages were estimated at $950.00. The Vigilant and Cumberland Valley Hose companies answered the alarm. It was reported that the plugs are in need of flushing as when the first water was flowed mud came from the line.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Borough Orders ALF For C. V.'s

On November 11, 1958 in Shippensburg Borough Councils regular session American LaFrance Cooperation was awarded the bid for a new pumper to replace the Cumberland Valley Hose Company’s 1936 Ward LaFrance. ALF bid $22,392.50 for a 1,000 gallon-per-minute pumper.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Lumber Yard Building Burns

On November 10, 1995 at 7:14 p.m., the Lumber Yard 42 West Orange Street, Shippensburg. A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a 1-1/2-story frame building used to store insulation. Two firefighters were treated and released from Chambersburg Hospital for minor injuries. Damages were estimated at $30,000. The Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies battled the blaze.

Part 3 conclusion Alert Fire Company
Most of the information I have on the Alert Fire Company is in this two part article. When did the Alert form? Are they older than the Vigilant's? Those are both good questions, as one old member of the CV's stated the Alert was formed 1830, but from the accounts of the Viggies getting the Hibernia engine it states that a new company was formed and given the old "Rocket" hand engine. I personally believe they were formed in the 1840's after the Vigilant's.
The Alert was disbanded after the incident with there hand engine, but they are not really gone. The Cumberland Valley Hose Company was formed as just that but with many members and great influence from the Alert. Retaining their motto and christening their hose reel in the name of the Alert, to me the Alert is still alive and approaching their 150 anniversary.

The photograph below is obviously not the Alert's hand engine but one very much similar to the one they would have used. Generally two to four men would turn the cranks while other men would pour water from buckets in to tub. The engine was very primitive and not as effective as other hand engine, but it still served it's purpose. Where did this engine come from and when did council purchase it our other questions that could be answered. I believe it was purchased on or around 1817 through contributions from the towns people. If that did occur it could have been used by two other Shippensburg Fire Company's before being placed in the hands of the Alert lads.

While not Shippensburg but related to the subject of long gone fire companies, the Alert in Shippensburg was not the only Alert in Cumberland County. In the 1800's there was an Alert Fire Company in Carlisle also.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Knouse Foods Damaged By Fire

On November 9, 1966 at 3:00 p.m., Scotland, Knouse Foods Plant. A dust explosion started a fire that destroyed the third floor of an 80 by 200 foot three story frame building. The first and second floors of the business sustained smoke and water damage. It took firemen from nine companies over three hours to control the blaze. Damages were estimated at $100,000. The Vigilant Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies assisted at the scene.

Part 2 Alert Fire Company
On June 26, 1858, Council ordered a fire engine from Mr. Agnew of Philadelphia. Council informed Mr. Agnew that the size of the engine should be what he felt suitable for a town the size of Shippensburg. He was also to paint and decorate the engine as he saw fit. Council’s only request was that the engine be named the “Cumberland Valley.”

In January 1859, a new fire company was formed and took the name of Cumberland Valley Fire Company. Most of the C.V. members came from the Alert. When the C.V.’s formed they retained the motto of the Alert Company, “Ever Ready.”

On Monday, April 11, 1887, the Cumberland Valley Hose Company christened their new hose reel. William Fenstermacher built the hose reel. It was a two- wheel design, made to carry two lengths of hose. The framework was painted cream yellow with crimson striping. It was furnished with two bells, racks for spanner, nozzles and lanterns.

While members surrounded the apparatus, veteran fireman S. G. Breckenridge stepped forward and placed his hand on the wheel and announced that by the authority delegated to him by the members of the Cumberland Valley Fire Company “the hose reel or spider shall hereafter be known as the “Alert.” This concluded the ceremonies. The fire bell tolled, the doors of the house swung open and away sped the “Alert” to receive her baptism of water. The objective point was the plug at the corner of Main and Railroad Streets and in just 80 seconds the men had arrived at the plug, attached their hose and had water flowing from the nozzle.

An old member of the Alert Fire Company, submitted the following poem on that day in 1887,

But, hark; the tramp of many feet,
As like a host advancing,
Came clattering down along the street,
With the “Alert” they came a prancing.

Their painted capes flap in the breeze,
As they march to fame and glory;
Youthful members were in the ranks,
And some were gray and hoary.

“Attention! Boys,” the leader cried;
“Fight now for fame and honor,
The Alert must do her duty well
For the country’s eyes are upon her.”

And with a mighty shout they cheered,
They fondly gathered round her;
With all their force they pumped her dry,
And with a wreath they bound her.

The stream she sent up in the air
Went higher than a steeple.
Oh! Alert she was, the test she stood,
Proud of her were the people.

But old age came upon her fast,
Her crank refused its motion;
The Council met, deliberated,
And took a foolish notion.

The day was named to sell it off,
For money was getting tight;
Three dollars was the price she brought,
Knocked down to Joshua Wright.

But a new company appeared upon the scene,
The boys around a new machine would rally,
She was the pride, the pet of town
And christened “Cumberland Valley.”

“Ever Ready” her motto stands
With not a stain upon it;
As proud of her they are today
As a girl in her Springtime bonnet.

Tomorrow, I will part a brief conclusion of the Alert along with a photograph of a coffee grinder style hand engine much like what the Alert would have used.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Alert Fire Company

On November 8, 1866, time unknown and exact location unknown. A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a shed containing hay. The Vigilant and Cumberland Valley Fire companies answered the alarm. At this time both companies were operating two-wheel hose reels and the Vigilants had their Button hand engine (purchased new in 1860) and the CV's were still using their first engine the "Cumberland Valley" a smaller Philadelphia style engine.

For a three to four year time period during the Civil War Shippensburg Newspapers are scarce so little information can be found. The minutes for the Vigilant's are gone from this time and the CV's have none from this era either because they had become inactive and almost faded away.

Beginning with today's entry I will do a two part installment on the history of the Alert Fire Company in Shippensburg, Pa. For those that read the Shippensburg Sentinel, I ran this in the FD edition a few years ago.

Part 1

Alert Fire Company
The Alert was one of four early fire companies in the Borough of Shippensburg, which no longer exists. Information varies as to when the Alert Fire Company formed. The first recorded news article found on the Alert was on February 15, 1849 when the company held a meeting in the Council House to elect officers for the year.

It was noted in the Cumberland Valley Fire Company’s minutes from their first organizational meeting in January 1859 that the men who had been members of the Alert, mentioned that the Alert Fire Company was formed in 1843. On April 11, 1887, C. V. Hose Co. President, D. K. Wagner, delivered a speech to the company, giving a brief history of the Alert Fire Company, which he stated organized in 1830.

On January 22, 1878, an old “Shippensburger” wrote that in the 1840’s, the Vigilant Fire Company hoped of getting a new fire engine and began to lay plans. They succeeded in electing a town council, which was pledged to the purchase of a new fire engine. Council made good on their pledge and purchased a used engine from the Hibernia Fire Company in Philadelphia.

As soon as the procuring of a new engine was found to be a foregone conclusion, some of those pledged to it became suddenly impressed with the importance of a thoroughly organized fire department and proceeded to raise a second company of about 120 members.

The new company asked council to ignore the existence of the Vigilant Fire Company and give them the new engine. However, the conspiracy did not succeed and the Vigilant Fire Company was given the new engine.

After the Vigilant’s took possession of the Hibernia engine, the minors of the borough requested that Council give them the Vigilant’s old engine. The primitive fire engine was named the “Rocket.” When the minors were organized into a company, they took the name of “Alert” and the title of the engine was changed to that of the company.

The “Alert” was a small wooden engine designed like a coffee grinder. The borough may have purchased the engine in 1817. To make the engine work, a line of people with buckets would be formed to keep the box filled with water. One or two men would be on each side of the engine turning a crank that would operate a rotary pump affixed to the top of the wooden box. This caused water to be forced out of a hose, which was mounted on the top of the engine.

In the February 1851 edition of The Shippensburg News, it was reported that the Alert was comprised mostly of young men under the age of twenty.

By March 1851, the Alert was attempting to raise funds to purchase a new engine. A number of citizens had subscribed liberally and council intended to make an appropriation for that purpose.

In April 1854, the company was still trying to get a new engine and laid before Town Council a petition for new fire apparatus. The report from Council was they would grant their petition provided; a majority of the voters of the Borough can be obtained. Once again, an engine was not obtained.

Little is mentioned of the Company over the next three years until the night of Saturday, December 21, 1857. About 9:30 pm, an alarm of fire was sounded in Shippensburg. Firemen pulling the “Hibernia” and “Alert” arrived at the Rev. James Mackley lot on East King Street to find a stack of straw ablaze. Firemen were able to confine the fire to the straw limiting damage.

The Shippensburg News reported that after the fire, a party of lawless characters, whose names were yet unknown, almost totally destroyed the Alert engine. The newspaper went on to state that the engine was not worth much. However, in the event of fire, some good might be accomplished by it. They ventured to say that few engines had attained greater age than it; it’s origins being traced to the seventeenth century.

On December 31, 1857, Council met in special session at the Geeseman & Company shop. The purpose of the meeting was to settle a suit with the members of the Alert Fire Company for damages they did to their engine. The following persons appeared before Council; David Shugers, John Snow, John Boltz, John Middleton, Theodore Smith, George Forney, Wilson Boher and Jacob Gable. It was agreed that the men were to pay the borough 86 and one-half cents each.

In January 1858, Council paid Joshua Wright $5.00 for work done on the Alert engine. It was agreed in council session that the engine was useless and no more repairs should be made. On April 26, 1859, Council sold the Alert engine to Joshua Wright for $3.00.

After the engine was destroyed, the Alert Fire Company disbanded. It is unknown where the Alert housed their engine when in service.
Part 2 on Friday November 9

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Leesburg House Burns

On November 7, 1963, at 10:30 p.m. a structure fire was reported in Leesburg, Southampton Township Cumberland County. A faulty flue sparked a blaze that did extensive damage to an occupied multi-family, 2-1/2-story frame house. The fire gutted a room on the first floor and second floor with extension to the attic. One civilian was burnt attempting to escape the blaze. Firemen were on the scene one and a half hours. A damage estimate was not available. The Vigilant Hose Company battled the blaze.

The photograph was taken November 7, 1981 at the Vigilant Hose Company's Ladies Night banquet. I will let you guess the people.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

One Room School House Gutted

On November 6, 1994 at 10:28 p.m. Cumberland County 911 dispatched a structure fire on the Chestnut Grove Road, Southampton Cumberland. An arson fire gutted a former one-room schoolhouse. Damages were estimated at $20,000. High winds hampered firefighting efforts. The Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies answered the alarm.

I had a couple of photos from the Mainsville Road fire on October 28, 2007 web ready that were not used by any of the SFD web sites so I thought I would use them today.
Chief Tinner looks good on the orange and white and I know Kenny has to be proud to see his son on a KME.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Fire On Aspers Farm

November 5, 1951 at 3:00 a.m. on the Baltimore Road at the Asper farm. A diesel motor used to power a stone crusher started a fire in a frame building. The building and motor were were a complete loss. Damages were estimated at $1,200. Firemen had the blaze under control in 20 minutes and were on the scene over on hour. The Vigilant Hose Company answered the alarm.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Charles Street House Heavily Damaged

November 4, 1978 at 9:00 p.m., 705 Charles Street, Shippensburg. An electrical short in the garage ceiling caused a fire that heavily damaged an occupied 1-1/2-story brick house. The attic and garage were gutted with heavy heat, smoke and water damage to the first floor. Damages were estimated at $40,000. Firefighters had the blaze under control in 15 minutes and were on the scene over two hours. The fire occurred during the Vigilant Hose Company’s Eighth Annual Firemen’s and Ladies Night Banquet. The Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies operated at the scene.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Fire Threatens Lees Cross Roads

November 3, 1916 at 10:00 p.m., Lees Cross Roads, Southampton Cumberland. A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a 2-1/2-story frame and brick house. The blaze began in a first floor poolroom and extended rapidly. A bucket brigade of over 100 men and women from the village battled the blaze. When it was feared the village would be lost assistance was requested from Shippensburg, Newville and Carlisle. The Cumberland Valley Hose Company attached their American LaFrance chemical wagon to an automobile and rushed to the village. The Newville Company did not respond due to the lack of water in the area for their new motorized fire engine and Carlisle was notified before leaving their station that there assistance was no longer needed. A civilian was overcome by smoke. Damages were estimated at $3,000.

It would be four more years before the Shippensburg Fire Department got motorized equipment. Because of the lack of support from town council and the borough Burgess the SFD was always behind the times in equipment, until the companies began purchasing themselves. The Friendship Hose of Newville had just gone motorized shortly before this fire.

Can you imagine this chemical wagon being pulled behind a car the whole way to Leesburg. The SFD never had horses, when the CV's had a run the men would pull this wagon to the scene.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Barn Destroyed On Walnut Bottom Road

November 2, 1973, 5:35 p.m., Walnut Bottom Road, Shippensburg Township. An arson fire destroyed a barn and its contents. The barn was used to store parts for H & H Chevrolet. No damage estimate was available for the building; loss to the contents was set at $25,000. Units operated at the scene for five hours. This was just one of a string of arson fires top plaque the Shippensburg area around this time. The Vigilant Hose Company Stations 1 & 2 and the West End Fire and Rescue companies battled the blaze.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Fire In Hopewell Township

November 1, 1953, 6:00 a.m. Newburg R.R. 1,Hopewell Township. A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a two-story log wash house and adjoining wood shed and caused extensive damage to the 2-1/2-story brick house. Firefighters were on the scene over three hours. Damages were estimated at $5,000. The Vigilant Hose Company battled the blaze.