Sunday fire in Greencastle closes Baltimore Street

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Fire burned across the lawn at 37 W. Baltimore St., Greencastle Sunday afternoon, however major damage and injury were averted in the blaze reported as an apartment building fire.

A main thorough-fare in Greencastle was tied up for about an hour Sunday for what was first reported as an apartment building fire. Damage was limited to the lawn and the porch of a second-floor apartment. The cause of a fire at 37 W. Baltimore St. at 12:38 p.m. July 31 has not been determined, according to Rescue Hose Company officials. A visitor to one of the apartments smelled smoke and called 9-1-1. Greencastle Police Officer Greg Pritchard was first to arrive on the scene and cleared the building of all occupants. Assistant fire chief Mike Luger said the fire was extinguished in five minutes and the company was back at the station at 1:34 p.m. A grass lot had been aflame and the fire extended to the porch of a second-floor apartment. It was contained to that area, and there was smoke damage evident in the apartment. No other apartments were impacted. In addition to the Rescue Hose Co., also responding were Marion, Maugansville, Long Meadow, New Franklin and Waynesboro fire departments.