Ten companies respond to Oxford fire

Photo by Dave Haradon Firefighters gather beside the Odds and Ends building on South Third Street in Oxford after a fire damaged the rear portion on Sunday.

By Chris Barber


OXFORD -- Fire damaged a building along Oxford’s main street on Sunday morning, drawing responses from 10 nearby fire companies.

The call for a fire at the building at 55 S. Third St. came in at 11 a.m.

Oxford’s Union Fire Company Chief Brian Kelley said it appeared to start at the roof line of the building. It spread to a storage room on either side of the building at 53 and 55 S. Third St.


There was heavy damage to the rear of the building, but the dollar amount has not yet been determined.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the county and state fire marshals.

Kelley said there was heavy damage to the rear of the building that houses the Odds and Ends store along the roof line.

Nobody was injured, but the building, an adjacent bank and apartments were evacuated as a precaution.

Kelley said there was no problem getting enough water to hook in the fire hoses.

In addition to Oxford Union, the following companies responded to the fire: West Grove, Community Company of Rising Sun, Quarryville, Cochranville, Longwood, Kennett, Avondale, Gap and Christiana.