A fire that started in a West Manheim Township barn and spread to a nearby wooded area kept firefighters from three counties busy Saturday into Sunday morning.

Crews from Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department were initially dispatched to the barn in the 300 block of Raubenstine Road about 4:20 p.m. Saturday and called for added firefighters.

Crews from York and Adams counties, including forest fire crews from the eastern and southern parts of York County, as well as from Maryland, responded to the scene, police said.

Some of the firefighters remained at the scene well into Sunday morning to douse remaining flames and hot spots, according to West Manheim Township Police.

The blaze destroyed the barn and a large stack of hay bales before spreading to a wooded area. High winds on Saturday hampered firefighting efforts, police said.

Police say the fire was caused by discarded ashes from a wood stove.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.



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