By Matt Clevenger
CHRISTIANSBURG — The Christiansburg Fire Company will celebrate 75 years of service to the community on Sunday, Sept. 24, hosting a special anniversary open house at the Christiansburg Firehouse on West First Street.
A ceremony to honor the fire company’s service will be held at 3 p.m., and the open house will also feature a guest speaker from the Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office.
“The open house is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and then there’s going to be a small ceremony at three o’clock,” Assistant Fire Chief Trent Zerkle said.
The Christiansburg Fire Company was originally started in 1948, following a fire that occurred in Christiansburg on Sept. 11, 1948.
“A fire broke out in an apartment building on North Main Street and spread to the house next door, which then spread to the meat market on the corner,” Zerkle said.
At that time, the only fire-fighting equipment the village had was a small pull-cart.
“All Christiansburg had as a village was a little hand-pulled cart that had two 35-gallon tanks on it,” Zerkle said. “That’s all they had for fire protection.”
The fire spurred local leaders to action, leading to the creation of the Christiansburg Fire Company.
“The mayor called a town meeting on Monday, Sept. 13,” Zerkle said. “They raised money that night; pledges were made, and they began the discussions on forming a fire department.”
“By the end of the month there was a truck ordered,” he said. “A charter was signed and the fire department was formed, all within a few weeks.”
Seventy-five years later, the fire company has grown to include a total of 16 firefighters, and serves residents of Lost Creek and Elizabeth Township in Miami County and Jackson Township and the Village of Christiansburg in Champaign County.
“We have two engines, a tanker, a medic unit, a grass truck and a special operations rig,” Zerkle said.
The Christiansburg Firehouse is located at 10 West First Street. More information can be found online at www.christiansburgfire.org.