Chambersburg fire: Radiant heat damages nearby parked cars

Radiant heat from a fire that destroyed a two-car garage also damaged nine vehicles parked in a nearby parking lot in Chambersburg Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters from five area fire companies fought the garage fire in the 200 block of North Main Street; then turned to the task of putting out flames that damaged the nearby vehicles.

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How it happened

The summer sun was baking, and outside temperatures were at almost 100 degrees when the dispatch came in to Chambersburg Fire Department at 12:06 p.m. Chief Dustin Ulrich and his firefighters were on the scene by 12:07.

There they found found a one story, 20×20 foot, two-car garage fully involved as well as multiple exposure issues.  The corrected address of the incident was the rear of a house at 242 North Main Street, just a block way from Headquarters station. The flames could already be seen from the station, as well as a few blocks away at nearby Franklin Fire Company. The Franklin station is locate just a few blocks away at King and Franklin Streets.

CFD members rapidly deployed hand lines for suppression efforts. 

The building roof and an exterior wall collapsed due to the deteriorating conditions while crews were engaging in initial operations.  Crews quickly contained and extinguished the expanding fire as well. They also extinguished nine vehicles that were on fire due to the radiant heat from the garage. 

The garage and vehicles were fully extinguished within fifteen minutes after initial arrival. 

There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.  Initial investigation appears that the cause of the fire is electrical in nature; Preliminary estimates of total damage are approximately $250,000.00.     

A total of 26 personnel were on the scene of the incident.  The Companies that responded included: 

In addition to the fire department units, the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal’s office assisted with the fire investigation.  

Chambersburg electric department assisted on the scene.  Crews cleared the scene at 1:30 p.m.

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