The driver was heavily entrapped in his vehicle and the building sustained major damage. Gettysburg Fire Chief Hurshel Shank immediately called for additional help from surrounding fire companies and the York County Advanced Tactical Rescue team. Firefighters focused their efforts on the safe and successful extraction of the driver from his vehicle, working to get him out as quickly as possible without causing further injury. Another crew of firefighters and responders worked to stabilize the building and prevent its collapse into the scene. The driver was finally extracted from his vehicle after approximately 90 minutes of work and was immediately flown to Hershey Hospital via LifeLion medical helicopter transport.
There were no other injuries to civilians and no injuries to responders.
Thirty-two units were dispatched to the incident. Responding fire companies included: Gettysburg Fire Department, Biglerville Hose & Truck Company, Barlow Fire Department, United Hook & Ladder, Arendtsville Community Fire Company, Fairfield Fire Police, Hampton Fire Police, Cashtown Fire Police, Irishtown Fire Police, and Littlestown Fire Police. York County Advanced Tactical Rescue, York County Collapse Unit, Adams Regional EMS, Met-Ed, Columbia Gas, and PENNDOT also responded.
Most responders were on the scene until approximately 6:15am on Friday morning, but Fire Police were still on the scene protecting residents and closing York Street at noon on Friday. Thanks to all our 100% volunteer firefighters and fire police in Adams County.
As of 10:00am on Friday the building is unable to be occupied. Gettysburg Borough officials are working with the building owners and structural engineers to determine the status of the building. No damage or restoration estimate is available as of this release.