Friday, July 24, 2009

Another Barn Burns

On July 24, 1949 in the morning hours firemen again responded to a barn fire at the W. H. Sheaffer residence in the area of Huntsdale. This fire like the others were caused by overheated hay mows. Firemen were unable to save the barn or the 100 tons of hay and machinery in the barn but managed to protect the exposures. Damages were estimated at $20,000. The Newville Company returned later in the day to extinguish a flare up. Units from Newville, Mt. Holly Springs, Carlisle and the Vigilant Hose Company answered the alarm.

Later in the day the Vigilant Hose Company responded to the John Pugh farm at Shippensburg R. R. 1 four miles east of town on the Ritner Highway when Mr. Pugh suspected his haymow in the barn was overheating. Firemen stood by while the hay was removed without having to flow any water.

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