Ft. Loudon Inn Erupts In Flames
A Tuesday morning fire that injured a total of four people could have originated on the second floor of the historic Fort Loudon Inn.
A fire marshal with the Pennsylvania State Police was called to the scene to investigate the January 27 blaze that sent four people, including two firefighters, to the hospital. The firefighters from Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company were injured when a portion of the building's ceiling collapsed. An additional two people, a woman and child who had been staying at the inn located at 13703 Main Street, are listed in stable condition at Chambersburg Hospital.
Meanwhile, the search for a young child or baby possibly trapped inside the building continued throughout the morning hours. Officials on the scene would not confirm the age of the missing person.
A total of 13 people were inside the multiple-story structure that was constructed in the 1790s when the fire erupted around 7 a.m. Five of those individuals displaced by the fire will be housed by the Franklin County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Remaining evacuees are slated to stay with relatives after being taken to the Fort Loudon Community Center where the county crisis team and the Red Cross established an operations center to assist the fire victims.
Even though the majority of the blaze had been extinguished by mid-morning, the fire had managed to spread to the third floor of the stone structure, which was purchased in the summer of 2006 by current owners Dick and Dawn Gogin. The inn contained 11 efficiency apartments or units that could be rented on a long or short-term basis. Five units were believed to have been rented at the time of the fire, and other common areas were available for rent for a variety of community events.
Approximately 18 fire companies responded to the call for help.