Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lightning Starts Barn Fire

On August 3, 1975 at 9:20 p.m. firefighters responded to a barn fire on Rt. 533 one half mile west of Orrstown. Lightning struck a frame barn destroying the building , 18,000 bales of straw, a grain elevator, miscellaneous machinery and killing a family dog. According to WEFR Chief Wiestling was shuttled from nearby ponds to extinguish the blaze. Wiestling estimated approximately 60,000 gallons of water was used to fight the fire. Several firefighters were treated on the scene for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion. Firemen remained on the scene until 4 a.m. Damages were estimated at $50,000. Units from the West End Fire and Rescue, Vigilant Hose, Pleasant Hall, Franklin, Marion and Newburg-Hopewell answered the alarm.

1 comment:

wefr15 said...

It was a hot Sunday Night and WEFR had finished playing a friendly game of softball at Memorial Park with I think the Vigilants. We were back at the station when the thunder storm came thru as we were enjoying our after game refreshments. When we made the right turn on Lurgan Avenue off the ramp we could see the glow. Since everyone was at the station we dumped the station on the initial dispatch. I was initialy on a line off Engine 15-1 (International/Bruco)protecting the farm house. Just your routine Barn fire surround and drown and roasting you butt!

Cincy Bill