Sunday, June 27, 2010
$30,000 Fire Destroys Barn
On June 27, 1961 at 5:45 p.m. firemen were sent to Shippensburg Star Route 2, the Adam Chamberlin farm for a barn fire. Spontaneous combustion was the cause of a fire that destroyed the barn and most of its contents. Lost in the fire was 380 laying hens, 5,000 bales of straw, 150 bushels of barley and numerous pieces of machinery. Firemen were able to save a three-car garage attached to the barn and the milk house. Damages were estimated at $25,000 to $30,000. The Vigilant Hose Company answered the alarm and remained on the scene until 10:30 p.m., they returned one more time to wet down smoldering debris.