CHAMBERSBURG — A 3-alarm fire destroyed a laundromat and seven apartments on West Washington Street next to First Lutheran Church Sunday.
The fire call came in just before 5 p.m., according to the Franklin County Emergency Services 911 dispatch center. It started in an apartment above Nanas Wash House at 37 West Washington and quickly spread to the building next door.
Nanas is on the ground floor. There are four apartments above it on the second floor. The building next door at 41 West Washington was divided into three apartments.
All of the apartment residents and Nanas customers were reportedly safe and accounted for in the fire’s aftermath. Three were treated for smoke inhalation, however. Numerous fire companies from Franklin, Fulton and Cumberland Counties answered the fire call, either on the scene or as backup.
The day’s 90 degree temperature had a heat index of 98, even before the flames shooting out the windows of the apartment above Nanas added to it.
Emergency medical personnel arrived with firefighters and stayed well into the evening to treat not just smoke inhalation but heat-related incidents.
It was unknown Sunday night how many heat-related incidents, if any, were handled.
Chambersburg police took to social media through their CRIMEWATCH® page, urging people to avoid the downtown area and stay away from the fire scene.
The scene quickly attracted a large crowd, however, many from the surrounding residential neighborhood.
Damage is reportedly extensive to both buildings. Details about the numbers of firefighters on the scene or firefighting efforts was sketchy Sunday night. At 9 p.m. Chambersburg Fire Department personnel were still on the scene doing mop-up operations.
The Red Cross Franklin County Chapter is assisting residents displaced by the fire.
Check back for updates to this story tomorrow.
Nick Rotz contributed to this story