75 Years Ago

Fire Damages Buildings


Herald of May 25, 1944

Martinsburg Fire truck was called out Sunday around 5 p.m. and made a quick trip to Loysburg, but at that, they arrived too late to save a barn, two garages, a pigpen and chickenhouse, all of which were practically burned down when the fireman arrived. Roaring Spring firemen came shortly after and the two companies concentrated their efforts on preventing the explosion of a 300-gallon gas tank which had just been filled. The fire had commenced burning the boards around the tank, and if the firemen had not been able to stop it there would have been an explosion that might have burned the town.

Quite an interest was manifested by Martinsburg people Sunday when seven large planes landed at Cove Valley airport owing to the bad weather and remained over until Monday afternoon. The planes came here from Pittsburgh and were enroute to Harrisburg, but owing to the weather conditions at Harrisburg did not risk the remainder of the trip until the rain and fog scattered. Five of the planes were navy Curtis Helldivers.


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