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Multiple Alarm Building Fire w/Rescues in Gettysburg Borough
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By Deputy Chief Joe Temarantz
March 10, 2021

On Monday March 1st, 2021 @ 0421 hours the Gettysburg FD, AREMS and 1st alarm Mutual Aid FDs were dispatched by Adams County 911 for a building fire across from the 1863 Inn of Gettysburg @ 516 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg Borough. Deputy Chief 1 (Temarantz) marked responding and was updated by Adams County 911 of 2 buildings on fire with a vehicle possibly into the building and persons trapped in the building. The 2nd alarm was requested to be dispatched. Additional information received during response was from GBPD through Adams 911 of persons on the balcony / porch to the rear of the structure.
Deputy Chief 1 arrived on scene and confirmed 2 buildings with heavy fire on Side A and live electrical lines arching at which time Baltimore Street Command was established and the Power Co. requested to the scene. Adams County 911 reported to Command that the GBPD and others had removed the trapped persons from the rear of the building just about the time that 2 off duty FF’s came around to the front of the building reporting that the persons who were in the rear of the building were removed and no other persons were visible but unable to account for any other occupants on the interior. Deputy Chief 1 assessed the scene further and reported a 3-story commercial / multi-unit apartment building with fire on the 1st floor and an exposure on the B-Bravo side that was a 2-story commercial gift shop with heavy fire on the 1st and 2nd floor along with a vehicle that had struck the buildings, sitting in between both buildings well involved in fire. Due to the amount of fire, the occupants of the vehicle could not be accounted for initially.

Due to the amount of fire involvement in both buildings and limited manpower, additional units / alarms were requested and as they arrived were requested to stage and bring manpower to staging for further assignment. All units continued to operate in both fire buildings for several hours with the fire being marked under control @ 0759 hours. Most units cleared the scene around 1130 hours with Fire Police and other FD personnel remaining on the scene throughout the day to keep a watch out for hotspots.

Unfortunately due to the damage caused by this fire both buildings sustained significant and divesting damage to where the Blue and Gray Gift Shop would be completely demolished and the other fire buildings fate to be determined in the near future.

Several residents were also displaced from their apartments and have found temporary housing at a local hotel and with the assistance of the Red Cross Disaster Services, however we would like to report that several pets who were in the building safely made it out and were reunited with their owners later in the day.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those persons who were affected by the accident and fire on this morning along with our condolence's to the family and friends of the vehicle accident victim.

Thank you to the following for the additional photos and videos:
Harrison Jones Photography
Scanner 02 Response Videos & Photos
Local Medial Outlets (News & Papers)

Units: Engine 1-2, 1-1, Rescue 1, Traffic & Car 1
 
Mutual Aid: Adams County Co.'s, 2-4-5-7-9-14-20-22-23-25-29-33 / Carroll County, Md Co. 5 & 11 / Frederick County, MD Co.6 / Cumberland County Co. 36 & 33 / York County Co. 79 / Franklin County Sta.4 / Fire Police from numerous agencies
 
Hyperlinks: Harrison Jones Photography
Scanner 02 Response Videos & Photos
WGAL News
 

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