Two adults and two children live in the apartment where the fire began. Four adults and 1 child live in the second apartment. None were injured in the fire, and all are being assisted by the Red Cross.
Units responding from Gettysburg Fire Department included Engines 1-1 and 1-2, Truck 1, Rescue 1, Duty Officer 1, Traffic 1, and Service 1. GFD received mutual aid assistance from 10 other fire companies; also on scene were Adams Regional EMS and Adams Emergency Management. More than 70 volunteers on 24 pieces of fire apparatus responded to the call, including firefighters, medical personnel, and fire police officers. There were no injuries to any responders. Responding fire companies include Arendtville, Barlow, Biglerville, Cashtown, Fairfield, Franklin, Hanpton, Irishtown, Littlestown, and United.
The fire was dispatched by the Adams County 911 center at 12:36 p.m. First units were responding by 12:39 p.m. and on the scene by 12:42 p.m. The fire was controlled within about 30 minutes, and fully contained at 1:43 p.m., and all units were clear of the area by 2:54 p.m. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.
Members of the Gettysburg Fire Department along with several other departments were engaged in a training exercise on Steinwehr Avenue in Gettysburg when an alarm was dispatched for a different structure on Baltimore Street. There was no fire found at the Baltimore Street address, and units were just clearing when another alarm went out for Buford Avenue. Firefighters arrived to find a working fire with fire showing, and immediately set to work.
Gettysburg Fire Department reminds everyone that if a fire occurs in your home, get out, stay out, and call 911 for help. Be sure to install smoke alarms on every level of your home, especially inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test your smoke alarms once a month and, if they’re not working, change the batteries. If you need assistance with smoke detectors, GFD can help. Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.