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Fires keep crews in Franklin County busy

June 01, 2005

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County firefighters Monday night put out fires at an apartment house in Greene Township and a restaurant in Hamilton Township.

The apartment house fire at 200 Hartzell Drive, Fayetteville, Pa., was called in at 9:39 p.m., according to the Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Co. report. The fire began in the living room of the first-floor apartment.

The report stated two people lived downstairs and four lived upstairs, and that everyone in the building at the time of the fire was able to get out unharmed. The report did not include the names of the residents.

The fire was brought under control quickly and firefighters left the scene shortly before 11 p.m. The cause was undetermined and a Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal was called in to investigate, the report stated.

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Fayetteville firefighters were aided by firefighters from the Mont Alto, Marion, Franklin and New Franklin fire companies in Franklin County, Pa., the Buchanan Valley Volunteer Fire Co. from Adams County, Pa., the Letterkenny Army Depot Fire Department and the Franklin County Air Cascade Unit.

A state police fire marshal was also called in to investigate the cause of an 11:01 p.m. fire at Original Italian Pizza, 3218 Lincoln Way West, according to state police. Damage to the building was estimated at $100,000, police said.

Police said no one was in the building at the time and no firefighters were injured.

Franklin Fire Chief Jamie Hammond said the fire took about 30 minutes to bring under control and firefighters were on the scene until 2:33 a.m.

Units from the St. Thomas, Marion, New Franklin and Fayetteville fire companies assisted the Franklin Fire Co., along with the MMPW Volunteer Fire Co. from Mercersburg, Letterkenny Army Depot Fire Department, Chambersburg Fire Department and the Franklin County Air Cascade Unit, Hammond said.

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