Friday, December 12, 2008

Garfield St. House Burns

On December 12, 1988 at 4:18 a.m. Cumberland County 911 dispatched Shippensburg firefighters to a house fire at 229-231 East Garfield Street. A fire of undetermined origin damaged the second floor of an occupied 2-½ frame duplex. The blaze gutted a bathroom and caused heavy heat and smoke damage to the bedrooms, the remainder of the house-received smoke and water damage. 229 E. Garifield was a vacant structure and 231 consisted of apartment for college students. Approximately 25 firefighters had the blaze under control in about 30 minutes and remained on the scene 3 ½ hours in single digit temperatures. The Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies answered the alarm.

Later in the morning all three Shippensburg Fire Companies answered a smoke detector activation at 110 Meadow Drive and in the afternoon the Vigilant Hose transferred to Newburg’s quarters.

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