On April 18, 1997 at 10:20 p.m. Franklin County 911 alerted units to a house fire at 24581 Back Road, Fannett Township. Firefighters arrived to find flames showing from the rear of a 2-1/2 story frame farmhouse. The fire was undetermined but said to be accidental. A damage estimate was not available or the extent of fire damage but it was reported that smoke and water damage was considerable. The Fannett-Metal, Newburg-Hopewell, Cumberland Valley Hose, Pleasant Hall, Metal Township and two other unnamed fire companies operated at the scene.
At 5:52 p.m. the three Shippensburg fire companies answered an auto accident at Burd and Earl Streets. At 6:23 p.m. the Vigilant and West End companies answered an auto accident on Rt. 174 in the area of Interstate Ford and at 6:50 p.m. the Vigilant's and Newburg responded to a grass fire at 13454 Mongel Road.