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.

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