Monday, July 13, 2009

Summer Kitchen Destroyed

On July 13, 1962 at 3:40 a.m. the Shippensburg Civil Defense room alerted local fire companies to a house fire at the Clyde Beam residence, Shippensburg R. D. 3 (near Orrstown). A summer kitchen and small workshop were completely destroyed but firemen were able to save the house and garage with only minor damage. The fire started around the roof in the area of the chimney. A fireplace was used earlier in the day for canning. Firemen responded with a pumper and 1,000 gallon tank truck. Water was pumped from a cistern on the property with a portable pump and the tanker was taken to a hydrant in Orrstown twice for water. A damage estimate was not available. The Vigilant Hose Company responded to the incident.

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