A power surge to a North Hopewell Township home sparked a two-alarm fire that left a family temporarily homeless, according to fire officials.
No one was hurt during Tuesday's 6:25 a.m. fire, North Hopewell/Winterstown Fire Chief Shanan Poe said.
The blaze was ruled accidental by Trooper Brad Dunham, a state police fire marshal.
According to Dunham and Poe, a falling tree branch hit electrical service to the home of Patrick Mancuso in the 12600 block of Mount Olivet Road, near the intersection of Millers School Road.
The branch severed the neutral electrical line, which caused a power surge inside the home and started an electrical fire in a second-floor bedroom, Dunham said.
"Three of our guys got there pretty quickly and saved (the home) a lot of fire damage," Poe said.
After crews had been dispatched to the blaze, a Stewartstown fire police officer who happened to be in the area broadcast a critical detail to firefighters en route to the scene, according to Poe -- that flames could be seen on the second floor.
Teamwork: The broadcast helped fire crews prepare for what they'd find when they arrived at the scene, according to the chief.
"Everybody did a wonderful job in helping save that house," Poe said.
The blaze was under control quickly, although crews remained on scene for several hours helping the residents to move valuable items from the damaged areas of the home, Poe said.
Dunham said crews also needed to wait for a Met-Ed crew to arrive and shut off power, so he could go inside to investigate the cause of the blaze, Dunham said.
'Moderate' damage: He described damage to the home as moderate and estimated total damage at more than $50,000.
The fire itself was contained to one second-floor bedroom, but the entire second floor sustained extensive smoke damage, Dunham said.
The residents are temporarily displaced. Dunham said the home isn't currently habitable because utilities have been turned off.
Mancuso was home at the time of the fire but got out safely, the fire marshal said.
Firefighters from several local companies assisted North Hopewell/Winterstown at the scene, including crews and equipment from Stewartstown, Red Lion, Loganville, Shrewsbury and Dallastown, Poe said.
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