Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Brethren Home Destroyed, 30 Rescued

On January 27, 1951 at 2:30 a.m. firemen were sent to the Huntsdale Church of the Brethren Home for the Aged for a building fire. A passing motorist spotted flames shooting from a burning wash house 25 feet from the home, he quickly alerted the employees and residents and began assisting with their removal some of whom were invalids and had to be carried from the home. A call was placed to the Mt. Holly telephone operator who sent the Mt. Holly Springs Fire Company (they were responsible for this area at the time). The washhouse was being used to heat water when the stove overheated causing the blaze. The wind quickly carried the flames and sparks to the main house. The fire spread so rapidly that none of the contents could be saved and had it not been for the quick work of the motorist some of the occupants would have been lost. Firemen from Mt. Holly, Newville, Carlisle, the Carlisle Barracks and Vigilant Hose companies battled the blaze for over 3 ½ hours using more than 4,000 feet of hose in the sub-freezing weather. The 2-½-story brick building and all its contents were a total loss; damages were estimated at $75,000.

A few months later at the Cumberland County Volunteer Firemen’s meeting Vigilant Hose Company President and Fire Chief M. Garfield Barbour had some pretty harsh words about the incident. “It was a poor job,” he said, adding, “I feel that the fire departments were responsible for the loss of the building. It never should have burned as it did.” Mr. Barbour’s remarks evoked no discussion.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wonder what would happen if a comment like that happend behind closed doors these days? Brad, are you working on Friday? I'll be up during the afternoon.

WMIT

Bradley Myers said...

I am working daylight on Friday, stop in at station 1, North 6th street.

Anonymous said...

I will stop in after my National Registry EMT test. It's at 1300 hrs, unless you want to take it for me.

WMIT

Bradley Myers said...

Nope you can take your own test, we get off at 1600 and unless there is a call I am never late for quiting time. Come to the back door inside the lot and ring the door bell.

Anonymous said...

You younger people dont go to county meetings ,we get fired up about every meeting. ged