Wednesday, April 23, 2008

House Burns Down On Baltimore Road

On April 23, 1982 at 3:59 a.m., Shippensburg firefighters were sent to the Baltimore Road in Shippensburg Township, (just over the bridge) for a house fire. A fire of undetermined origin completely destroyed an occupied 2-½-story frame house and its contents. At the time the Baltimore Bridge had a 10-ton weight limit so fire apparatus was forced to take a longer route to get to the scene. A four-inch line was laid to the Shippensburg side of the bridge and relay pumped to the scene by all three of the Vigilant’s engines. Approximately 100 firefighters from six companies battled the blaze for three hours. A damage estimate was not available. The Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies answered the alarm.

5 comments:

Wally,, said...

First year as Fire Chief,,Ged pulled in and blitz it,

Bradley Myers said...

I thought you were chief of CV's before that, the memory slips. I watched the glow from work and listened on my pager.

Wally said...

I was Chief @ CV Hose Co,,82,83,84,few month's in 85 That's if my head is on straight tonight,,

Anonymous said...

This was the old Bowers house, it was not safe to enter when it wasn`t on fire. So no interior attack.
I measured the lay yesterday how far we laid from in town , it was roughly a 2,600 foot lay of 4 inch hose. No 5 inch in the 52 house in 1982 yet.

Wally said...

Ged,
To clear up a comment on here,,That was my First year as Fire Chief,,,