Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Newburg Barn Burns, Livestock Lost

On June 23, 1961 at 9 p.m. firemen were sent to the Harry Rhone farm, Newburg R. D. 1 for a barn fire. A severe thunderstorm passed through the area around the time of the blaze and it was believed the barn was struck by lightning. The barns wall remained standing however the interior was badly damaged in the blaze. Shortly after Newburg Fire Chief Clifford Swope assistance was requested from Shippensburg. Lost in the blaze was a stallion and cow along with most of the machinery. Firemen had to remove 18 tons of burning hay and straw to extinguish the fire. Water was obtained from a nearby pond to battle the blaze. Damages were estimated at $7,500. The Newburg-Hopewell and Vigilant Hose companies answered the alarm and remained on the scene until about 1 a.m.

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