A two-story brick home that had been vacant for 20 years was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning in the 2500 block of McClays Mill Road, Southampton (Franklin) Township in Shippensburg.

The 4:48 a.m. dispatch reported a house fire in the area of Middle Spring and McClays Mill roads. The first arriving unit found the structure well engulfed in flames.

Fire Chief Jamie White, of West End Fire & Rescue Co. said, “The house was already a total loss when we arrived on the scene. The fire was an exterior attack only due to safety reasons. The home was vacant and had been since 1998. The house was built in 1891.”

Water was drafted from the Middle Spring Creek, about 100 feet away from the fire scene. About 40 firefighters battled the blaze.

White had no information available about the owner, or if the property was insured.

White said, “The cause of the fire is undetermined and the State Police Fire Marshal Frank Hershey was notified. There were no injuries reported to any firefighters. The bulk of the fire was brought under control within about one hour, but some units were on the scene for about three hours.”

Emergency personnel from the West End Fire & Rescue Co. were assisted by units from the Vigilant Hose Co., Cumberland Valley Hose Co., Newburg-Hopwell Fire Co. and Shippensburg Area EMS. Units from South Newton Township Fire Co., Franklin Fire Co. and New Franklin Fire Co. moved up to cover the three Shippensburg stations.




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