Bells to ring again soon at fire-damaged steeple

July 19, 1995

The bells will ring again Sunday atop Taneytown's Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, which was struck by lightning Monday night and briefly engulfed by flames.

Pastor John Douglas said lightning struck the top of the historic six-story bell tower about 8:40 p.m. Monday, igniting a small fire there.

Fire companies from Taneytown, Union Bridge and Harney were joined by crews from Emmitsburg in Frederick County and Barlow and Littlestown in Adams County, Pa., to quickly extinguish the blaze.

Firefighters used the new 110-foot ladder truck from Emmitsburg to reach the heart of the blaze in the bell tower. Some units remained on the scene for three hours.

Mr. Douglas said structural damage was not severe but that the church's electrical and air conditioning systems were blown. Repairs were being made today. The pastor could not estimate how much repairs will cost.

"We're the tallest structure in Taneytown, so I guess we're the town's lightning rod," Mr. Douglas said.

He said the church was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

FIRE

* Taneytown: Taneytown, Harney and Littlestown and Barlow of Adams County, Pa., responded to a house fire in the 4200 block of Angell Road at 7:29 p.m. Monday. Units were out for 22 minutes.

Taneytown responded for wires down near the intersection of Baumgardner and Bullfrog roads at 8:04 a.m. Sunday. Units were out for 34 minutes.

* Union Bridge: Union Bridge assisted Frederick County at a house fire in the 11700 block of Green Valley Road at 7:25 p.m. Monday. Units were out for 36 minutes.

Union Bridge and Taneytown responded for rolls of hay on fire in the 1000 block of Otterdale Mill Road at 10:36 p.m. Friday. Units were out for 67 minutes.

Union Bridge, Taneytown, Westminster and New Midway of Frederick County responded for a house fire in the first block of South Main Street at 7:02 p.m. Monday. Units were out for 13 minutes.

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