On this day. . .October 1st
- 1985-1632 hrs. 100 S. Summit St. formerly Sylvan Heights Orphanage(now the YWCA). Large stone three story U shaped rambling vacant former Catholic orphanage. Arsonist set fires in the first and third floors. Heavy fire damage to one room (contents destroyed) and hallway in the rear of the main building. A rug and bed were set on fire on the third floor. Heavy heat damage incurred to the first floor. Very smoky fire. Lt. George Brougher’s (S8) SCBA malfunctioned and he was pulled unconscious from the building. He was revived on the scene and taken to Harrisburg Hospital. One volunteer firefighter sustained burns on his knees. No loss given. Companies out three and a half hours. D Platoon, third alarm. It was never determined if this fire was connected to the February 4, 1985 second alarm arson fire to the same building.
- 1886-Box 13 located at Race and Paxton in Shipoke was struck at 11:57 a.m. Fire involved the coal sheds and elevator of William H. Eby on South Second Street below Vine. This fire started from sparks from a stationary engine and the oil soaked timbers and coal made for a very hot and smoky blaze. The large building was totally destroyed with a loss $8,000. Large airborne embers were a major problem and Chief Engineer William Lynch had his hands full. Twenty three minutes past the initial alarm, Box 14 at Eleventh and Paxton was struck. Firemen looked across the railroad tracks and were amazed at the amount of smoke and fire rolling from a row of dwellings on S. Tenth St. just above Paxton. These houses were occupied by Daniel Dwyer, a Mrs. Ulrich, Edward Maulfair and George Sauers. The roofs of all four were badly damaged and caused by sparks and embers from the Eby fire. Half of the fire department (ten companies) was in service at each fire. This loss was $2,500. This was a highly unusual occurrence. There were only eight alarms for the entire month of October and two were on Paxton St, twenty three minutes apart on the same day and the boxes struck were 13 and 14!