Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bank Barn Burns Near Middle Spring

On May 24, 1952 at 4:15 p.m. firemen went to the Burk Handshew farm, Shippensburg R.R. 3 near Middle Spring. Firemen thought they had the barn saved when they ran out of water. Additional water was obtained from a well and a cistern before the pumper drafted water from the Middle Spring creek. A tank truck from Letterkenny also responded but was delayed in getting to the scene when they stopped at a fire at Rt. 11 and Mt. Rock. Lost in the barn were a hay loader, tractor, corn plows, 100 bushels of barley and other items. A damage estimate was not available. The Vigilant Hose and Letterkenny fire companies answered the alarm. In 1908 a barn at the same location burnt to the ground after being struck by lightning.

On May 24, 1991 the movie Backdraft opened in theaters across America.

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