On January 23, 1939, Curtin Crumlic, the janitor of the Summit Street School in Enola was starting the boiler in the basement for the new school day when the lights went out in the school and he smelled smoke. He ran out of the building and a fire call was made from the nearby A&P grocery store. The second and third floors were on fire when fire companies from Enola responded. Additional companies with hook and ladder engines and pumpers came in from West Fairview, Wormleysburg, Summerdale, Marysville, New Cumberland and Harrisburg.
A group of firefighters became trapped on the roof when a part of the roof collapsed and ladder trucks had to be used to get them to safety. Five streams of water were put to the fire at one time which drew down the town water supply to the point where additional pumpers were needed. Freezing temperatures coated everything in reach of the water spray with ice. Several firefighters were injured. The school had 350 students but was empty other than the janitor when the fire broke out. Students arrived at school to see their school in flames, and most likely, either feeling worried that they would miss school for a while or happy to skip school.
When the fire was put out, estimates of damage were $50,000 (in 1939, equal to almost $1,000,000 today). The cause was believed to be an electrical short on the second or third floor. There was a “New Deal” WPA project to provide sewing work in the basement and about half of the sewing machines were carried out and saved. Most of the school furniture and supplies were destroyed. The school was rebuilt and closed in 1979 and now houses businesses. ... See moreSee less
Some pictures by Dustin Weese of Tuesday mornings 0200 incident. Originally dispatched for a fire alarm, the Squad, Chief and Truck 17 arrived and found smoke in the building during investigation. Crews were able to mitigate the problem quickly and performed ventilation before returning. ... See moreSee less
Tuesday kept the volunteers busy. Between the hours of 2:00am and 7:00am, three calls were handled with the daylight crew then assisting with fire prevention details for the remainder of the morning. The company handled another call for service in the late afternoon prior to weekly training. ... See moreSee less
Members completed the driving course portion of the annual driver/operator refresher on Sunday morning. Thank you to the dedicated members of the training committee and members of all three township companies and fire police for giving up their Sunday morning. Also a thank you to EP School District for the use of the parking lot. ... See moreSee less
With the support and financial donations from life members Carl Walker and John Bruetsch, the company was able to purchase two FAST rescue boards. These boards will be carried on our Squad and Rescue to be utilized for rescuing downed fireman and also used in rescue situations that other equipment cannot be used as effectively. ... See moreSee less
Tuesday’s training was held between members from all three township companies and the township fire police. The topic was part one of the annual driver/operator refresher, the training will continue on Sunday with course day. This in house program is led by Chief Matter and Lieutenant Cutter who are both trained emergency vehicle operations instructors. Thank you to the 43 volunteers that attended this evenings session. ... See moreSee less
Last evening, members from Northeast and Enola #3 completed the annual burn night at HACC. Thank you to everyone who helped make last night happen including the burn techs, facilitator (Ken McCann), Air 13, EP EMS and Carl Walker for rehab supplies, our standby crew and especially to AC Stilo for setting everything up. ... See moreSee less