On July 21, 1932 a severe thunderstorm tore through the valley causing a barn to be destroyed when it was struck by lightning shortly after 6:00 p.m. The farm located near Newburg lost the barn, implement sheds, pump house, garage, hog pen and large chicken house. Firemen were able to save the wagon shed and a smaller shed. Firemen were able to draft water from a small stream nearby to assist in their battle. Damages were estimated at over $10,000. The Vigilant Hose Company answered the alarm.
Important announcement; on Saturday a close fiend and someone I consider a family member, Ivan Bretzman was severely injured in an accident at his home. Most people in the fire service know Ivan, he and many generations of his family has been active in the fire service for probably the last century. Ivan is in Hershey Medical Center and his son tells me he is doing better but there is a long road to recovery. Unfortunately I am on vacation and can’t be there for the family. Please keep Ivan, Judy, Greg, Danny and the rest of the Bretzman family in your thoughts and prayers. The Mt. Holly Springs fire department web site is to be updated regularly on Ivan’s condition http://www.citizensfire36.org/.