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Waynesboro briefs

January 25, 2012

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Fire displaces six from home on West North Street

Six people were displaced from their home early Monday after an attic fire.

Waynesboro Fire Chief Dave Martin said a police officer noticed smoke coming from a single-family home at 144 W. North St. at about 3:45 a.m.

“They had no working smoke detectors,” Martin said.

The fire’s cause was accidental and involved the house’s electrical system, he said.

Because power was shut off to the house, the fire department contacted the American Red Cross of the Cumberland Valley to assist the residents, according to Martin.

Council to buy new Dodge Charger for police

The Waynesboro Borough Council is buying its police department a new, $38,000 Dodge Charger to replace an older vehicle.

The Waynesboro Borough Council voted 5-1 last week to buy the car. Councilman Ben Greenawalt voted against the motion.

“That was one of the first things knocked out of the budget,” he said of budget negotiations.

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The older car will be used for parts, Mayor Richard Starliper said.

Fire Department abandons pursuit of armory

The Waynesboro Volunteer Fire Department has decided to give up its efforts to buy the former armory on North Grant Street, Fire Chief Dave Martin said Wednesday.

Martin said the fire department reached an agreement with the Waynesboro Ambulance Squad to hold weekly bingo sessions and special events at the ambulance squad headquarters. In making that decision, the fire department’s members chose to abandon their pursuit of the former Pennsylvania National Guard armory.

“That was kind of a deciding factor,” Martin said.

Partnership with the ambulance squad building provides a larger facility without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy and renovate the armory, he said.

The Waynesboro armory, built in 1936, was to be appraised and sold by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services after its unit was moved to South Mountain, Pa. It remains vacant.

Martin said the fire department and ambulance squad each offer four or five volunteers each week for bingo fundraisers.

“It’s kind of a win-win situation for both of us,” he said.

— Jennifer Fitch

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