Another well known site for paranormal investigations sustains damage by fire.
A fire broke out early Sunday morning on the grounds of Fort Mifflin in Southwest Philadelphia.
Crews were forced to cut several holes in the roof of the two story apartment building to access the fire.
So far there is no word yet on what sparked the fire.
No injuries have been reported.
Video news report from ABC
In order to support the upkeep at the historic fort on the Delaware River, which was operational during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the paranormal aspects of the place were exploited. Tours of the fort were given as well as overnight stays and rentals for the evening to ghost hunting groups. (I’d been on one of those evening events myself.) There are many reports of haunting activity but none have revealed any solid evidence. The fire was in the Officer’s quarters. From the photo, it appears that this was involving the room said to be haunted by the ghost of Elizabeth Pratt who hung herself from the second floor balcony. I have not been able to determine if that story is accurate.
An Examiner article notes that the 911 call was made by a Boy Scout troop leader camping on the grounds. It is said the fire started in the attic. There is also this:
This is the second time a building was destroyed during a Boy Scout overnight camping experience. The first fire gutted the Commandant’s house and it has yet to be fully restored.
I’d be curious to see what sparked the blaze if that can be determined.
Tip: Ron Bolton