Saturday, February 13, 2010

Factory Burns In Shippensburg

On February 13, 1906 at 8:00 a.m. the fire bells tolled an alarm of fire for the Odorless Egg Case Filler Company Factory, located along the Cumberland Valley Railroad south of the station, Shippensburg. The initial alarm was given by a C.V. yard engine that blew its whistle a number of times. A fire believed to have started by a spark from a machine destroyed the large building and its contents. By the time the hose companies reached the scene the fire had already burnt through the roof. Firemen soon had four streams on the fire but were unable to save the building. Rail cars in the Reading yard were quickly moved and surrounding buildings were kept wet to prevent the spread of fire. Damages were estimated at $10,000. The Vigilant Hose and Cumberland Valley Hose companies battled the blaze.


Sparky said...

It would have been neat to see this period in time. The train yards, the factories, & business in shippensburg.

Greg said...

Let me know your e-mail address... I have a pic of the Odorless Egg Case Filler Mfg. it was left to me by my aunt June Martin Holtry. My e-mail adress is