Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Two Houses Burn

On September 15, 1877 just before midnight an alarm of fire was sounded for North Queen Street, by the African American M. E. Church. Two occupied 2-story log houses were destroyed in a fire of unknown origin. The Vigilant’s button engine pumped water from Birds Run to the buildings. A damage estimate was not available although most of the furniture was removed before flames could destroy the houses. The Vigilant and Cumberland Valley Fire companies answered the alarm.


Sparky said...

I know what it was like fighting fires in the late 70's and 80's as a young fireman. It would be neat just to visit the early 1900's to see how it was done and ride the old apparatus.

barry said...

Ride ? in the late 1800`s I think the guys pulled it in shippensburg.
I`ve pushed them by hand but never pulled them by hand!