Friday, October 24, 2008

Fire Damages American Legion Post

On October 24, 1958 at 6:45 a.m., an alarm of fire was dispatched for 117 West Orange Street, Robert Green American Legion Post. A fire of suspicious origin caused heavy damage to the one story block building. Firefighters encountered dense smoke and a floor that had fallen into the basement upon their entry. Damages were estimated at $2,000. The Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies battled the blaze. Later in the evening firemen responded to the intersection of King and Earl Streets for an auto fire, defective wiring in the car caused a slight blaze.

3 comments:

4th Sgt said...

Brad, when did the legion change names? was it after this upon moving to a new location?

Anonymous said...

Amazing how a somewhat significant fire loss listed out at only 2,000.00 in 1958. Today, that loss would have probably been over 100,000.00.
JW

Bradley Myers said...

I don't know when they changed names, I may have it in one of my books and if I get the chance I will take a look.

You are right Jeff, the dollar loss would have been much different, look at the 1800's post I made they burn numerous buildings with dollar loss in the hundreds.