Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Arson Fire Burns Hardee’s Store
On June 22, 2003 at 4:45 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to a building fire at Hardee’s, 9966 Molly Pitcher Highway, Southampton Franklin. When firefighters arrived the rear of the one story steel and masonry structure was heavily involved in fire. For the first 15 minutes an interior attack was attempted before it was determined that the building was unsafe and firefighters were evacuated. A partial building collapse occurred about 10-15 minutes after firefighters were called out of the structure. Approximately 50-75 firefighters had the blaze under control by 5:50 a.m. and remained on the scene until about 10:30 a.m. The fire was later ruled arson and an employee was arrested and convicted of the crime. Damages were estimated at $500,000. The West End Fire and Rescue, Cumberland Valley Hose, Vigilant Hose, South Newton, Pleasant Hall, Fayetteville and Franklin fire companies answered the alarm.