Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Huge Fire At Knouse Foods

On March 11, 1961 at 3:19 p.m. a fire was reported at Knouse Foods Cooperative, Peach Glen, Biglerville. A fire of undetermined origin destroyed the refrigeration and storage buildings covering an area 240 by 100 feet. The fire spread quickly after three ammonia compressors exploded. More than 400 firemen from Adams, Cumberland and York counties battled the blaze manning 30 fire trucks and two ambulances from 21 companies. The blaze was not declared out until 10:00 p.m. on March 12. Damages were estimated at $700,000. Numerous firemen were injured and treated on the scene; several were transported to Gettysburg Hospital. The West End Fire and Rescue Company assisted at the scene with 17 men. Fire Police from the Vigilant Hose and Cumberland Valley Hose were called to the scene the next morning to assist with directing traffic.

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