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.