Sunday, February 10, 2008

Swope’s Used Car Lot Gutted

On February 10, 1972 at 8:20 p.m. firefighters were alerted to a fire at Swope’s Used Car Lot on the Orrstown Road, Southampton Township by a passing motorist that seen the front door of the building fall inwards into the fire. Paint fumes from a car that was painted earlier in the day came into contact with an oil heater that kicked on starting a fire that caused heavy damage to the 1-1/2-story building. When firefighters arrived the building was heavily involved in fire. Multiple explosions were reported causing firefighters to utilize caution. Approximately 100 firefighters from five companies battled the blaze until 11:30 p.m. Besides the building a car, riding lawn mower and tolls were destroyed. Damages were estimated at $30,000. The West End Fire and Rescue, Vigilant Hose and Cumberland Valley Hose companies answered the alarm.

This was the second working fire of the day for the Vigilant’s and West Enders, but that post will be saved for another year.

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