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Smoke pours from second floor of Greencastle home

July 22, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke pouring from the second floor of 36 West Franklin St., said Deputy Fire Chief JR Koons of the Greencastle Rescue Hose Co.
By Roxann Miller

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Eight emergency departments responded to a house fire in Greencastle Friday night.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke pouring from the second floor of 36 West Franklin St., said Deputy Fire Chief JR Koons of the Greencastle Rescue Hose Co.

The fire, which was reported at about 6:45 p.m., was under control by shortly after 7 p.m., Koons said at the scene. The cause was still under investigation.

No one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries, Koons said.  The home suffered mostly smoke and heat damage and can be refurbished, he said.

The names of the homeowners were not available at press time.

Battling a blaze in the midst of a heat index in the triple digits can be a challenge for firefighters wearing gear that weighs between 100 to 150 pounds, Koons said.

"If this was yesterday, firefighters really would have had a tough time taking the heat with all their gear on. We would probably have had three or four rehabs set up due to the heat...," Koons said. "But thank goodness we had the rain come through (today), bringing the temperature down."

In addition to Greencastle, units form Long Meadow, Washington County, Maugansville, Marion, Waynesboro, New Franklin and Franklin County Air Unit responded to the fire.

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