03-22-2000, 04:24 PM #1Truck 2Firehouse.com Guest
Lancaster,Pa. Stockyards Hit by Fire
Two working fires Tuesday night, one at the Lancaster City Stockyards and the other was a basement fire in a single family residence just outside the city during a driving rain storm. Four volunteer fire companies were dispatched to a working basement fire at 9:24 p.m. at 1216 Pleasure Rd. in Manheim Twp. Fire Chief Rick Harrison said when they got there fire was coming out the basement windows.The fire was put under control at 10:48 p.m. Estimated damage is set at $75,000 to $100,000 no cause was found but is under investigation by the state police fire marshal.
The first fire,a two-alarm fire distroyed an office building and adjoining storage shed at 5:29 p.m. at the Lancaster Stockyard. A passing volunteer fire company truck noticed smoke coming from the building and reported it by radio on their way to pick up another vehicle.Three engine companies and two Truck companies were dispatched on this call, with one off duty shift being recalled to man a reserve engine and to increase man poer at the scene.No animals were hurt in the fire.The incident was put under control at 6:09 p.m. by Battalion Chief Scott Bonholtzer, estimated damage was set at $50,000. The stockyards have been embroiled in controversy since last year , when a developer proposed a plan to build a $14 million shopping center on the property.The Lancaster stockyards were reported to be the largest stockyards East of Chicago stockyards at one time.The largest dealer moved out of the stockyards in the last year, only a fraction of the animals move through the stockyards as once did. Over the years there have been several fires at this location.
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