The fire, which dispatched 11 people, was contained to the third floors of 644 and 646 Salem Avenue.
The fire, which dispatched 11 people, was contained to the third floors of 644 and 646 Salem Avenue. (Greg Gross)

Eleven people were displaced from two houses in York City that damaged in a two-alarm fire Tuesday night.

The six adults and five children were living at 644 and 646 Salem Ave. when a fire broke out in one of the houses about 6:45 p.m., said David Michaels, acting York City fire chief.

The York-Adams Chapter of the American Red Cross was assisting them.

Both 644 and 646 Salem Ave. sustained fire, smoke and water damage.

The fire was contained "mostly to the third floor of both those houses," Michaels said.

A third house, at 642 Salem Avenue also sustained smoke damage, he said.

All three row houses are connected.

911 calls: Michaels said a number of people, including a resident of 646 Salem Avenue, called York County 911 to report the blaze.

Smoke could be seen coming from the roof area of all three houses. Fire erupted around the third-floor window of 646 Salem Avenue but was extinguished after a few minutes by firefighters.

Michaels said it appears the fire started in 646 Salem Ave.

As a crowd of people, some of whom took pictures of the blaze, gathered and watched the firefighters, sirens wailed, signaling the arrival of additional fire equipment.

Firefighters had the fire out in under and hour.

The blaze went to a second alarm for manpower, Michaels said.

"We wanted to make sure the fire didn't extend down the row," he said.

No injuries were reported, and an estimate of damage was not available Tuesday night.

Officials will investigate the fire Wednesday morning.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.