Five people - two adults and three children - were displaced by a fire at a duplex in West York on Sunday.
Five people - two adults and three children - were displaced by a fire at a duplex in West York on Sunday. (Greg Gross photo)

A family of five was displaced by a fire at a duplex housing a number of apartments in West York on Sunday.

First responders were sent to the duplex in the 1600 block of West Market Street about 6 p.m. for a report of smoke and flames in the attic.

"When they (firefighters) got here, there was a fair amount of fire pushing from the attic," said Ed Washington, chief of the West York Fire Department.

Additional firefighters from surrounding departments were called to the scene to assist their West York counterparts.

Crews made an aggressive attack on the blaze and were able to contain it to the attic and roofline of 1632 W. Market St. Flames did not spread to adjoining 1634 W. Market St., the chief said.

Quickly contained: The fire was contained and under control within a half-hour of crews' arriving on the scene.

"We kept the fire damage basically to the attic," Washington said.

A woman who lives in one of the apartments was in the attic when she saw flames and called 911, said fire Lt. Tom Dunn.

All told, two adults and three children were displaced by the fire, he said.

They are being assisted by the Red Cross.

The fire caused an estimated $10,000 to $15,000 in damage. Its cause is being investigated by a fire marshal, the chief said.

Firefighters rescued a cat from the burning building, said Shelley Metzler, the borough's animal officer and a councilwoman. Metzler took care of the feline until it could be reunited with its owner.


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No injuries were reported.

Second fire: Sunday's fire happened nearly four years to the day when fire struck the same duplex.

Seven people were displaced by a Jan. 17, 2010, fire in one of the apartments.

That fire was believed to be started by cooking in the kitchen in a first level apartment. Crews were able to extinguish that fire within a half-hour to 45 minutes.

No one was injured then, and a pet also made it out safety.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.