Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Fire Destroys Barn Near Roxbury

On August 4, 1956 shortly after 5 p.m. fire apparatus was sent to the Samual H. Stake farm on the turnpike road about one mile from Roxbury for a barn fire. When firemen arrived the barn was well involved and all efforts were made to protect the nearby buildings. Lost along with the building were a hammermill, corn planter, plow and small tools along with the oats, barley and wheat. Other than the Vigilant Hose Company answering the alarm I am unsure which other companies responded as the article listed the units responding and standing by in the same paragraph. They were Franklins, Letterkenny, Pleasant Hall and West End Fire and Rescue.

A John Beam high-pressure demonstrator engine from Lansing, Michigan also assisted at the scene. They were returning home from Gettysburg when they noticed smoke and sped to the scene. A damage estimate or cause was available.

The Cumberland Valley Community ambulance also answered one call for the day.

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