Gettysburg fire: Franklin firefighters among responders
Firefighters from Franklin County were among the multiple mutual aid companies responding to a three-alarm fire early Monday morning in Gettysburg.
Franklin Fire Company Chief Mark Trace took an engine and six of his volunteers to the scene, while Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department transferred a fire truck to Gettysburg to cover for that department.
“Before the sun came up this morning, Adams County 911 toned out companies to the Borough of Gettysburg for a building fire,” the Franklins posted on their Facebook page. “Crews arrived finding a vehicle into the house, the vehicle caught fire igniting the surrounding structure(s).”
Franklin firefighters manned a handline and opened the structures, finding hidden fire and wetting hot spots. Crews operated for 4 1/2 hours before returning to Chambersburg.
Speeding vehicle slams into building
Gettysburg police report a vehicle was northbound, entering Gettysburg on Baltimore Street at a high rate of speed. The operator failed to negotiate the right-hand curve in the roadway, ran off the left side of the road and hit the buildings at 529 and 531 Baltimore St. Upon impact the vehicle burst into flames. Photos at the scene show the vehicle entirely inside one of the buildings.
The fire was so intense police and firefighters could not tell if the vehicle was occupied, police said.
Once firefighters put the fire out, a lone occupant was discovered in the vehicle. Adams County Coroner Pat Felix was on the scene. The vehicle was taken to a secondary location, where the Corner’s Office is attempting to identify the occupant.
Occupants of second floor apartments all escaped safely.
Baltimore Street closed
Police closed Baltimore Street from Lefever Street to the Borough Line and Steinwehr Avenue to Washington Street. Pennsylvania State Police assisted Gettysburg police with the investigation.
Baltimore Street remained closed much of the day. It was unclear if it was fully reopened Monday night. Structural engineers determined that parts of the damaged building would have to be removed before the street could safely re-open.
The Gettysburg Police Department thanked all emergency responders for their efforts and assistance at the scene. Police are looking for anyone who may have witnessed the crash. Witnesses should call Gettysburg Police at 717-334-1168.