Sunday, January 27, 2008

Hick’s Chevrolet Greencastle Damaged in Morning Fire

On January 27, 1963 at 9:30 a.m. a car salesman for Hick’s Chevrolet, Greencastle noticed a fire in the building and alerted firemen. The blaze began in the paint shop and destroyed the 250 by 60 foot structure and 16 cars including five 1963 models, two school buses and six trucks. Firefighters from 10 companies battled the fire for hours in blowing snow before gaining control. Damages were estimated at $200,000. The Vigilant Hose Company was dispatched to respond with a tank truck at 10:15 a.m. and did not return until 1:00 p.m. The West End Fire and Rescue Company transferred two rigs to the Franklin Fire Station in Chambersburg at 10:00 a.m. one returning at noon and the other after 3 p.m. On the return trip to Shippensburg the WEFR engine came across a crash at Greenvillage.

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