A Monday evening fire at a vacant Cross Roads home is under investigation by a state police fire marshal.
Fire crews were dispatched to 5381 Logan Road at 6:25 p.m. and arrived to find "heavy smoke and flames" coming from the house, said Chief Ira Walker Jr. of Eureka Volunteer Fire Co. in Stewartstown.
"The whole front of the house was engulfed when we arrived," he said.
A hard external attack by firefighters had the fire out in 20 to 30 minutes, Walker said.
Firefighters battled the flames from outside of the building because the floor in the single-story, prefabricated house had been compromised due to years of neglect, he said.
Knowing the house was vacant, Walker said it wasn't worth risking injuries to firefighters by having them enter the building.
Flames: A neighbor reported seeing 20-foot flames coming from the house in a call to York County 911, and a fire official reported seeing smoke from more than a mile away as he neared the scene.
With no public water service in the area, additional water tankers were called to the scene, Walker said.
All told, six tankers and 10 fire departments were dispatched to the single-alarm blaze, he said.
One firefighter was injured fighting the fire and was treated at the scene.
An estimate of damage has yet been determined, but Walker said the building appears to be a total loss.
Vacant: Stacey Haugh said she was watching the evening news inside her home, just down the road from the house affected by fire, when she heard sirens approaching.
At first she thought the sirens were on the television but when she went outside her home, she said she saw a large plume of smoke ascending from the house that was one fire.
Haugh said the house and another disused house and outbuildings, all showing years of neglect, have been vacant for years.
York County tax records state that Michael and Doris Delander own the 9-acre property where the fire was.
Haugh said the house affected by the blaze hadn't been lived in for two to three years.
"There hasn't been anyone living there for that long," she said.
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