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Building on Waynesboro square damaged by fire

October 23, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A fire early Sunday at what is believed to be the oldest remaining original building in downtown Waynesboro drew seven fire departments to the scene and left eight people staying at a local motel.

The fire at the former White Swan Hotel, 3 E. Main St., broke out just after midnight and kept firefighters crawling on the roof until after 3 a.m.

The electrical fire started on the third floor in the middle of the brick and stone building on the side that parallels North Church Street, according to the Waynesboro Volunteer Fire Department.

The fire became trapped and spread under the roof in a common attic, fire officials said.

The building, owned by Ralph and Keith Helm, houses attorney John Lisko's offices and a Mexican market on the first floor, with 16 apartments upstairs.

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The hotel and tavern were built in 1812, just 15 years after Waynesboro was founded, said Doug Stine of the Waynesboro Historical Society.

It was used for Union headquarters and the first town election, he said.

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