Thursday, February 14, 2008

Barn And Contents Destroyed In Morning Fire

On February 14, 1940 at 6:15 a.m. Mr. Varner went to his barn for the morning chores. He hung the kerosene lantern from a spike in the overhead rafters and got hay for the animals, he then left the barn to retrieve corn from the crib returning to find that the lantern had set the barn on fire. The location given in the articles only states that the farm was east of Shippensburg. Lost in the fire were 10 head of cattle, two horses, 11 turkeys, a dog, several puppies and a few chickens. Most of the machinery and feed were also lost in the blaze. A damage estimate was not available. Firemen returned later that evening for a rekindle. The Vigilant Hose Company answered the alarm.

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