NEWS

Two injured during Greencastle house fire

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Property damage crews were at work early Sunday afternoon at the scene of a Saturday evening house fire in Greencastle. Two people were injured and four displaced as the house at the corner of Allison and Franklin streets was gutted.

A Saturday evening fire sent two females to Maryland hospitals, and displaced three people.

Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. No. 1 responded to a 6:41 p.m. call May 23 for a fire with possible entrapment. Fire chief Kevin Barnes said multiple fire companies sent aid to 164 E. Franklin St., which had heavy smoke and fire.

EMS crews treated two victims. One person was taken by ambulance to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown and the other was flown to Bayview Hospital in Baltimore.

Firefighters had the blaze extinguished by 7:10 p.m. and remained on the scene until 9:30 p.m. The home experienced major damage. Because another dwelling was attached to the house, crews also inspected 162 E. Franklin St., which had moderate damage from smoke. Three people from that unit were offered help from the American Red Cross.

The Pennsylvania State Police fire marshall and Greencastle police investigated the fire, which did not appear to have a suspicious cause, said Barnes.

Columbia Gas and West Penn Power came to shut off utilities.