Thursday, September 2, 2010

Fire At Chambersburg Waste Paper Company

On September 2, 2005 at 6:45 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to 2047 Loop Road, Guilford Township Franklin County for a building fire. A fast moving fire destroyed a 75,000 square foot building occupied by the Chambersburg Waste Paper Co. Inc. At least 25 pieces of fire apparatus and almost 100 firefighters battled the four alarm equivalent blaze. Apparatus remained on the scene until about 3 a.m. Smoke could be seen as far away as Shippensburg and Hagerstown. Damages were estimated ay $5 million dollars. One civilian was slightly injured. The Chambersburg, Franklin's, Waynesboro, Fayetteville, Greencastle, New Franklin, St. Thomas, Marion, Fannett-Metal, Mercersburg, Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies operated at the scene along with others not mentioned in the various articles used to make this post. According to some reports as many as 20 tankers responded to the scene along with the units from Franklin and Cumberland mentioned and additional units from Cumberland, Adams, Fulton, Huntington and Washington County Maryland. Some units returned about 12 hours later for a rekindle. Sometimes like this a big fire makes many of the local news papers these days but the reporters concentrate more on the human interest side of the story and tell little of the firefighting operations, often it makes one wonder if a FD responded. This is quite different from articles printed about fires up until around 1990's.

1 comment:

Sparky said...

One of those 100 firefighters was Pap. he was driving Tanker 52. Just ask him about the operation, hope you have some time.