Tuesday, June 9, 2009

4-Alarm Fire Burns Chambersburg House

On June 9, 2008 at 2:47 p.m. Franklin County 911 alerted a Chambersburg box to 690 Broad Street for a house fire. Children playing with sparklers started a fire on the back porch of a house. The flames quickly spread destroying the home and damaging another. With the extreme heat the blaze went to four alarms bringing over 100 firefighters to the scene from five counties and two states. At least 14 people were displaced. A minimum of 15 firefighters and as many as 25 to 30 firefighters were treated for heat and smoke related problems with three being transported to Chambersburg Hospital. Units remained on the scene for almost seven hours. The Chambersburg Fire Department, Pleasant Hall, Fannett-Metal, St. Thomas, Waynesboro, Marion, Mont Alto, Rescue of Greencastle, MMP&W, New Franklin, Fayetteville, Hagerstown, Buchannan Valley, Franklin’s, West End Fire and Rescue and the Cumberland Valley Hose companies answered the alarm (I am sure this is not a complete list of companies responding, just what the papers mentioned).

Today's photographs obviously do not go with the post. They come from an accident that occurred on this date in 1987 on the Roxbury Road at the intersection of North Fayette Street. The incident occurred at 2:07 p.m., one girl was transported to Hershey in serious condition and five others were transported to Chambersburg Hospital. The West End Fire and Rescue Company handled the incident with assistance from four ambulance companies.


Sparky said...

Big fire in Chambersburg. 4 alarms, 5 counties and two states and the Vigilant Hose Co. of Shippensburg didn't turn a wheel. Oh well.
On the pictures of the crash, don't you just love the style of turn out gear. Remeber back in the day...

Anonymous said...

I remember that day and couldn't believe we didn't get an invite. It got so bad that I called Franklin County and made sure they had us listed as an available company (half sarcastically, might I add) If I recall correctly, I was told that they didn't want to totally deplete any areas resources. 10-4!