Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Firefighter Injured In Garfield Street Fire

On January 5, 1989 at 8:30 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to 311 East Garfield Street for a building fire. An overheated chimney started a fire in a 2-½-story frame storage barn. The fire was contained to the west wall and roof by firefighters. Vigilant firefighter Greg Coy was injured when a cable operated elevator he was standing fell from the second to the first floor. Damages were estimated at $7,000. Firefighters from Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies operating under chief Edward Goodhart were on the scene two hours.


Haney said...

I remember this one all too well. We were on the second floor and Greg had knocked down the fire there. Me and another FF were at the steps to the third floor and Greg stepped around to hand us the nozzle when the floor left us. I had one foot on the lift and was able to grab the open staircase. I was left hanging until I regained my footing before retrieving the line and going to the attic to knock down that fire.

TM said...

I was just walking through the first floor when the lift landed beside me. We thought Greg just had the wind knocked out of him but it turned out more than that. As I remember I think he spent a few days in the hospital. TM