More Than A Dozen Structures Burn At Trails End
SHOHOLA — Firefighters throughout Pike County and New York responded to a call in Trails End last Thursday afternoon that resulted in the loss of 17 trailers and at least six sheds, according to fire officials.
A source involved in insurance claims being filed by trailer owners said Monday that about half that number of trailers was destroyed.
Earlier last Thursday morning, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), had advised fire departments to be on red alert for brush fires. DCNR noted the humidity was low, around 25 percent, and the area was experiencing strong winds, with gusts between 14 and 20 mph. These conditions not only made a fire likely, but also made containing a fire difficult.
The call came in around 1:30 p.m. from a contractor in the area.
When he smelled smoke, he walked over to investigate and found several trailers engulfed in flames. He called 911, and attempted to fight the fire with a garden hose until tankers and other equipment arrived on scene.
The fire continued to spread into the woods and the surrounding trailers. All trailers involved were unoccupied, and no residents were injured.
Once firemen arrived, they faced a hellish scene as the fire spread, engulfing trees, and spreading thick smoke through the air. One fireman from Shohola was hospitalized due to smoke inhalation.
Firemen also faced danger from several propane tanks that exploded from the heat. At least two firefighters had to drop to the ground quickly to avoid injury from this hazard... for complete story, get this week's issue.
Work Schedule Creates Vacancy On
Milford Borough Council
MILFORD — Borough Councilperson Karen Loeschorn submitted her resignation due to her employment schedule.
At this month’s regular Council meeting, Council President James Price invited residents who might want to apply for consideration to fill the vacancy to drop off an application at Borough Hall on West Catharine Street. Loeschorn began serving a four-year term in January. Borough Secretary Liz Samuelson explained that local election laws define terms for those who fill council seat vacancies.
Such an appointee would not fill the term automatically for the duration of the unexpired term. The appointment runs only to the General Election after the appointment. If the candidate wins, the term would run only two years, starting Jan.1 after the election... for complete story, get this week's issue.