A destructive fire occurred on Saturday at noon in a building belonging to South Mountain Storage in western Cumberland County. The building, which serves as a workshop and commercial warehouse, is located at 755 Walnut Bottom Road in Southampton Township, just three miles east of Shippensburg. The fire was reported by a passerby just before 12:30 pm, and emergency services arrived promptly. When the first unit arrived, there were flames and smoke spreading throughout the building.
Although the fire was extinguished by 1:15 pm, fire crews remained on location till 3:00 pm to take care of the hotspot. Three firefighters were treated at the scene for heat stroke, but no other injuries were reported. Brian Coy, the deputy director of Shippensburg’s Vigilant Horse Company, was across from the self-storage unit. Coy said that around 50 firefighters from Cumberland and Franklin-based businesses were involved in responding to the fire.
The officials are still investigating the fire, but it seems like it originated from inside the building. The fire caused severe damage to the auxiliary building owned by South Mountain Storage. On a different note, a tragic incident occurred on the same day where a woman died in Pennsylvania house fire. In another unfortunate happening, a fire engine and a street sweeper collided in Swatara Township.