Friday, March 28, 2008

Newville CV Coop Warehouse Burns

On March 28, 1964 at 11:18 p.m. firemen responded to the CV Co-op warehouse, Newville. A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a 40 by 125 foot two-story frame building and its contents. Firemen were able to save nearby buildings and a lumberyard. Over 125 firemen from six companies battled the blaze. Donald Witter, Shippensburg borough fire chief, fell through the burned floor into the basement and was covered to his chest in corn. Newville fire chief Harold Heckendorn and another fireman pulled Witter from his boots. The trio then escaped by climbing a lowered hose. Damages were estimated at $65,000. The Vigilant Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies assisted at the scene, the last of the four units returning to Shippensburg at 4:30 a.m.

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