Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Fire Destroys 7 Buildings

On August 12, 1930 at 4 a.m. a call was sent to Shippensburg firemen for their assistance at a barn fire on the Paul Staver farm just east of Orrstown. By the time firemen arrived the barn was well involved and had spread to the hogpen, strawshed, wagon shed, buggy house, chicken house and silo. A creek about 600 feet from the barn furnished an ample supply of water but the barn and other buildings were almost consumed by the time the water supply was secured. Lost along with the buildings were a binder, manure spreader, wagon and milking machine, 1,000 bushels of wheat, 800 bushels of oats, 100 chickens, over 200 bushels of grain and 500 bushels of rye. A damage estimate and cause were not listed. The Cumberland Valley Hose Company battled the blaze with two pumpers under the direction of borough fire chief Earl Burkholder. Later in the evening the C.V. boys returned to the scene to extinguish a rekindle.

1 comment:

Sparky said...

I can just sit here and imagine what it would be like back in the day fighting this fire. The long ride out the road and try to grt water.