Leadership

Volunteers Stop Major Gasoline Fire After Commuter Train Hits Tanker

Issue 5 and Volume 135.

Volunteers Stop Major Gasoline Fire After Commuter Train Hits Tanker —photo by Bill Johnson When a commuter train ran into a truck carrying 7500 gallons of gasoline in the middle of town, most of the members of the Southampton, Pa., Volunteer Fire Department were at the station meeting with township supervisors to ask for tax support for the first time in the department’s history. The first notification of trouble came as one member went out to move an engine back into the station. He saw a large cloud of smoke billowing into the sky from a short distance away. It was 9:48 a.m. last Jan. 2. Fire fighters would be involved in the incident for the next 12 hours. Upper Southampton Township has 65 square miles and a population of 18,000. The fire department, under the command of Chief Charles Croft for the last 15 years, is well trained and…

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