Category Archives: Fires & firefighters

Red Lion Country Club: A short history of this longtime landmark, damaged by fire today

An early morning fire badly damaged the old Red Lion Country Club building.This 1956 clipping, from York County Heritage Trust files, shows one of the improvements to the York Township building. Like the Hanover Country Club’s Abbottown location, the Red Lion Country Club has sat on land originally purchased in 1937. The club has not operated as such for several years and is currently owned – and placed up for sale – by the Red Lion School District.

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Fire in hamlet of Sunnyburn damages Lower Chanceford landmark

Linked in/Neat stuff: Helb’s family remembered/Grammy gift bags made in Hanover When you see an old building this large in a rural area, you know it has an interesting past. A fire elevated this Lower Chanceford building into the news … Continue reading

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Glen Rock Hose and Ladder Co. has protected ‘the Rock’ since 1901 – before-and-after views

Linked in/Neat stuff: Cold Springs Park recalled/Young George Washington on mural +++ The Glen Rock, Pa., Hose and Ladder Co.’s engine house was completed in 1904. This home base for the fire company, ‘Protector of the Rock since 1901′ as … Continue reading

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Sunday big day for history in Glen Rock, Pa.

This plaque will be dedicated Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Glen Rock Fire Company. The dedication will be part of a day of activities in this historic southern York County borough. Also of interest: Good night in Glen Rock: Dinner … Continue reading

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Now at 40, the Vigilant is the baby of York’s four fire stations

The Vigilant Fire Co. No. 1, in the 200 block of West Market Street, is 40 years old this year. Those four decades make it the newest among York, Pa.’s, fire stations. The ‘before’ photo in this set in the ‘Picturing History’ series shows the Vigilant in the 1970s before it came down along with its social hall. The ‘after’ photo shows it today.

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Burning of Chambersburg in Civil War: ‘It’s hard to imagine the destruction’

Jubal Early’s Confederates burned Chambersburg, Pa., 150 years ago this week. ‘It’s hard to imagine the destruction that followed the burning of Chambersburg by Confederate troops on July 30, 1864. The fire destroyed 550 structures, left 2,000 people homeless and resulted in more than $750,000 in lost property,’ the Public Opinion in Chambersburg wrote in: The Burning of Chambersburg: 150 years later. A year earlier, Early’s men occupied York, Pa., about 50 miles to the East.

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Fire in a York, Pa., box car filled with apples and beans: ‘Here was a thriller’

York’s Vigilant fire company, captured here in this Picturing York before-and-after slider, has done heroic work for years. But there was a moment in the late 1800s when townspeople bailed out the fire company. Yorkblogger June Lloyd told about the response to a fire in a box car filled with apples and beans: ‘I guess it is kind of embarrassing if your horse-drawn fire engine runs away, is stopped by a collision with your other engine and has to be people-drawn to the fire. That’s what happened to York’s Vigilant Fire Co. in the late 1800s.’ June provided a newspaper account with her 2011 post that led with: ‘Here was a thriller!’

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What’s on the horizon from this view atop a York, Pa., ladder truck?

This elevated scene shows York County, Pa., firefighters working to douse a three-alarm fire. From this vantage point, several building appear in the horizon. So here’s the question: What are we seeing in the background?

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Preachers on horseback founded York’s Asbury United Methodist Church

The steeple of Asbury United Methodist Church in York, Pa., rises high above East Market Street. The church was in the news this morning after a firefighters responded to a roof fire.

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Wouldn’t you know it? Icepocalypse is our unlucky 13 – winter storm, that is

This scene is being replayed thousands of time around York County, Pa., and the region after this week’s storm downed countless tree and has left thousands still without power. Wouldn’t you know it. This storm, the most damaging of the series this winter, is the 13th.

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