Saturday, August 28, 2010
Vigilant Tanker Burns On Rt. 174
On August 28, 1974 shortly before noon the Shippensburg Civil Defense room alerted firemen to a fire truck fire on Rt. 174 in the area of the Interstate 81 overpass. Firemen arrived to find the chassis of the Vigilant Hose Company Station 2's 1956 Dodge tanker well involved. The tanker was traveling towards Walnut Bottom when the drive shaft broke and punctured the gas tank setting the rig on fire. The driver Albert Grove was treated at the Shippensburg Medical Clinic and sent home. The chassis was destroyed and the rig was never fixed but replaced with an older model. The Vigilant Hose Company answered the alarm. The CV ambulance answered three calls for the day.