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Sunday fire destroys buildings in Chambersburg

By February 2, 2021 No Comments

CHAMBERSBURG — A three-alarm fire heavily damaged several buildings in Chambersburg on Sunday afternoon.

Emergency personnel, including the Waynesboro Fire Department, responded to a working building fire at 37 West Washington Street, Nana’s Wash House, as well as apartment buildings at 39 and 41 West Washington Street, according to Dustin Ulrich, chief of the Chambersburg Fire Department.

The call for a fully involved working fire came in at 4:45 p.m., blocking off areas on South Main Street between Queen Street and Liberty Street, as well as Washington Street between Second Street and Cedar Street.

“Three minutes after dispatch our first unit arrived on the scene,” Ulrich explained. “Everyone was evacuated safely from Nana’s Wash House that was in full operation at the time of the fire.”

According to Ulrich, crews used interior and exterior attacks to combat the raging fire — which originated from a second-story apartment — and took approximately 30 minutes to knock down completely. The cause is still under investigation.

Emergency personnel remained on the scene until 11 p.m. Sunday evening in the event of the fire rekindling.

Ulrich said that as a result of Sunday’s fire, two firefighters were transported from the scene for evaluation for heat exhaustion as well as two civilians for smoke inhalation and have since been released. A total of 13 people were displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross.

“Everyone worked well together considering the conditions we had upon arrival,” Ulrich said. “Overall the incident went well but unfortunately the buildings are a total loss.”

In addition to Waynesboro, companies from Chambersburg, Franklin Fire Department, New Franklin, Letterkenny, Geisinger EMS, Marion, Fayetteville, Pleasant Hall Fire Department, West End Fire and Rescue, St. Thomas, Vigilant Hose Company, Cumberland Valley Hose Company, Shippensburg EMS, Mont Alto, Franklin County Air Unit, South Mountain Fire Department, and Franklin County Department of Emergency Services responded.

Contact John Irwin at or at 717-762-2151.

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