Monday, October 19, 2009

East Penn Street House Destroyed

On October 19, 1875 at 11:15 p.m. the town citizens were aroused by the cry of “fire”. It was soon learned that the location was on North Prince Street in Shippensburg Township for a house fire. A fire of undetermined origin (believed accidental) completely destroyed a large brick house and everything inside. The house was to be rather large with wings and gables and located on a commanding elevation. Firefighters had trouble battling the blaze because of a lack of water. Damages were estimated at $12,000. The Vigilant and Cumberland Valley Fire companies answered the alarm.

1 comment:

E4 Lt said...

kinda neat that years ago the cry FIRE was a call for help and the bonding together of citizens, now most of what we get is complaints and "i need this"