Wednesday, August 18, 2010

House Fire On Washington Street

On August 18, 1929 at about 3:30 p.m. firemen responded to a house fire at the Roy Bigler residence, 28 South Washington Street. Borough fire chief James Pechart said the fire started from lingering sparks in the stove pipe. The fire extended to a rear addition and up to the garret and roof. Firemen initially attempted to control the fire with the use of a chemical line but that proved inadequate so hand lines were stretched. Numerous holes had to be cut into the burning shingle roof as firemen worked for almost one hour with all four borough fire trucks to control the blaze. Chief Pechart and fireman Beattie Watson suffered cuts and were treated by Dr. S. Dana Sutliff after the fire. Damages were estimated at $1,500. The Vigilant Hose and Cumberland Valley Hose companies answered the alarm.

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