An early-morning fire that destroyed a Stewartstown chiropractor's office was deliberately set, according to the borough fire chief.

Firefighters were called to the 32 S. Main St. office of Dr. David Wistort shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday, Fire Chief Ira Walker Jr. said. The practice is called Adio Chiropractic.

Walker arrived within two minutes of being dispatched to the one-alarm blaze and directed firefighters to go into the burning office building with handheld hoses to battle the blaze, which started on the first floor, he said.

"Within 15 or 20 minutes of receiving the call, we had the fire out," he said. "After that we spent an hour or so checking for extension."

No one was hurt, he said.

Medical records: Crews discovered flames had gone up an interior stairway and damaged an upper floor, which was used to store medical records, according to Walker. He was unsure whether any medical records were damaged or destroyed.

There was significant damage to the structure, "and mostly a lot of heat and smoke damage throughout" the building, he said. Medical equipment also was damaged, he said.

Walker said the building is salvageable.

A damage estimate has not yet been determined, and as of early Tuesday afternoon officials had not been able to reach Wistort, the fire chief said.

Ruled arson: A state police fire marshal examined the scene and ruled the blaze an arson, Walker said.


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Asked whether someone broke into the building to set the fire, Walker said to the best of his knowledge, the building was secured.

Southern Regional Police detectives are investigating to determine who set the fire, Walker confirmed.

About 50 firefighters and fire police officers responded to the scene, Walker said. Assisting Stewartstown's Eureka Fire Co. were crews from North Hopewell/Winterstown, Shrewsbury, New Freedom, Red Lion, Dallastown and Maryland Line.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.