1AM blaze in Chambersburg displaces 25, sends firefighter to hospital

UPDATES: The cause of the fire has been determined by members of the Chambersburg Fire Department and the Fire Marshall. Full information is HERE.

01 June 2024- It appears nobody was seriously hurt after a blaze in the borough of Chambersburg overnight that caused the gutting of a S Second Street apartment building.

At 1:13 AM., the Chambersburg Fire Department and surrounding mutual-aid departments were alerted to 203 East Liberty Street for an apartment building fire. While units were responding, the Department of Emergency Services dispatcher advised that one of the apartments was fully  engulfed and people were trapped throughout the remaining building. At 1:16 AM, initial fire  department units arrived on the scene to find fire showing on the first floor of the apartment with a corrected address of 282 South Second Street.  

Fire department members rapidly deployed hand lines and began interior fire suppression efforts  as well as a systematic search of possible trapped victims. Crews quickly contained and  extinguished the fire and after an extensive search it was found that no one was trapped. The fire  was marked under control within twenty minutes. There was extensive heat and smoke damage  throughout the entire building.  

One firefighter received burns on their neck and shoulder and was transported to the  Chambersburg Hospital for treatment and has since been released. Currently, the fire cause is  unknown; Preliminary estimates of damage are approximately $250,000.00. 

A total of 41 personnel were on the scene. Companies that responded were as follows:  Chambersburg Fire Department, Franklin Fire Department, Fayetteville Fire and EMS, Marion  Fire and EMS, Letterkenny Fire Department, New Franklin Fire Department, West End Fire and Rescue, and Wellspan EMS.  

A total of 25 residents are displaced and Red Cross is assisting with housing arrangements.

Chambersburg electric, gas, and water departments assisted on the scene. Crews cleared the  scene at 4:50 AM.

The scene of the incident, early Saturday morning after crews left the scene

Chambersburg electric, gas, and water departments assisted on the scene. Crews cleared the  scene at 4:50 AM.