Friday, July 23, 2010
Frat House Burns On Britton Road
On July 23, 1997 at 6:30 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to a building fire at the Tau Kappa Epsilon Frat house at 11 Britton Road, Shippensburg Township. The first units arrived to find fire showing from the first floor windows and door. Firefighters were lucky because only two of the 30 members were in the residence at the time because of summer break. One of the two occupant stated he awoke about 4:30 a.m. and extinguished a fire on his bed before waking again about 6:30 to find the building ablaze. Former Chief Jamie White's parents awoke to the sound of breaking glass and called 911. A damage estimate was not available. The Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose, West End Fire and Rescue, South Newton Twp. and Newville fire companies responded to the fire.