Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mainsville Barn Burns

On March 25, 1972 at 11:31 p.m. KGD-556 sent firefighters to a barn fire northeast of Mainsville, Southampton Franklin. A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a barn and all its contents. Lost in the blaze were a bull, a steer, two wagons, a grain elevator, 4,000 bails of hay, straw, a pick up truck and other machinery. When firefighters arrived the building was well involved, firemen managed to protect all the exposure buildings. Firefighters from four companies battled the blaze until 4:30 a.m. Two WEFR firefighters, Greg Kauffman and Dietrich Gilbert were treated by the C.V. ambulance and later taken to Dr. Freeman's office for burns they received while battling the blaze. Damages were estimated at $15,000. The WEFR Ladies Auxiliary served hot soup and sandwiches to the 75 firefighters on the scene. WEFR Chief Crawford Wiestling estimated that 50,000 gallons of water was used to extinguish the fire. The West End Fire and Rescue, Vigilant Hose, Fayetteville and Pleasant Hall fire companies battled the blaze. Later in the day the Shippensburg Fire Department answered an AFA at Jordon's store and the Cumberland Valley community ambulance made one run for the day.

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