On August 24, 1957 around 6 p.m. firemen were sent to the James Bear farm near Mongul along the Shippensburg Roxbury Road for a barn fire. When firemen arrived the barn was well off and little could be done to save the structure. Lost in the fire were 35 rabbits, three hogs, and several pieces of farm machinery. This was the second barn to be destroyed on the Bear property in 48 hours, both separated by about a half mile (the first fire will be a post some other time). A 15 year old boy placed in the Franklin County home by the Cumberland County welfare office admitted to setting the fires. The young man said he resented being talked to in a loud voice by one of the family members. Firemen returned once for a rekindle. The Vigilant Hose and Letterkenny fire departments answered the alarm. The Vigilant's also extinguished a grass fire at 12:40 p.m. on Charles Street.
It is hard to believe but this is my 1,000 post on the Shippensburg Fire site. The third anniversary is quickly approaching and I would like to hear from some of you looking on a daily basis that never comment just to see who is out there. I get daily hits from places like New York, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, California, Maryland and Texas. There is others that I know from Ohio, Minnesota, DC and Pennsylvania.