3 Pa. FFs injured, 2 off-duty FFs make rescues after car crashes into shop, explodes

The driver of the vehicle was killed and neighboring apartments caught fire after the explosion

By Laura French

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Three Pennsvylania firefighters were injured and two off-duty firefighters made rescues after a car crashed into a gift shop and exploded early Monday morning.

The crash and explosion, which occurred at about 4:30 a.m., caused the shop and a neighboring apartment building to catch fire, according to WGAL. Gettysburg Fire Department Deputy Chief Joe Temarantz said two off-duty firefighters came upon the scene while on their way to work and rescued multiple people from a balcony at the rear of the apartments. 

About 25 to 30 public safety departments responded to the blaze, officials said. Three firefighters were injured at the scene; two suffered leg injuries and one experienced a medical emergency. 

The driver of the car was killed and the coroner's office is working to identify him; there were no other occupants in the vehicle. All six occupants of the apartment building were safely evacuated and escaped injury. 

A preliminary investigation showed the vehicle was speeding and that the crash occurred when the driver failed to negotiate a curve and went off the road, according to the Gettysburg Police Department. 


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