Friday, July 9, 2010
Former School In Quincy Burns
On July 9, 1991 at 1:02 a.m. Franklin County 911 dispatched units to a building fire at 7888 Anthony Highway, Quincy Township, Franklin County. Responding firefighters could see flames two miles from the scene and arrived to find flames from the roof of a two story brick building formerly known as the Mowery Elementary School. The building was built in 1929 as the Quincy High School and most recently was being renovated into apartments. During the height of the blaze firefighters were flowing 3,000 gallons per minute to bring the fire under control by 5 a.m. Firefighter entered the building and performed an interior attack for almost two hours while trucks trenched the roof before being pulled from the building. Three firefighters were treated and released from Chambersburg Hospital for minor injuries. Damages were estimated at $200,000 and if a cause was ever determined I do not have it. Almost 200 firefighters from 16 companies in Franklin, Cumberland and Washington County Maryland battled the four alarm fire for over 7 1/2 hours. Unfortunately none of the seven articles I have on the fire mentioned the fire companies that responded to the incident so if anyone out there knows who answered the alarm it would be appreciated. Those responding that I can account for were Mont Alto, Waynesboro, Fayetteville, Franklin Air 10, West End Fire and Rescue and Mt. Holly (that leaves me 10 short).