Lightning sparks 2 house fires in York County


Lightning is being blamed for two York County house fires early Monday morning — one north of Delta, the other outside Lewisberry.

Delta-Cardiff Fire Chief Jeff Griffith said crews were called to a home in the 100 block of Pine Trail in Peach Bottom Township just before 3 a.m. The fire displaced a family of three, he said.

According to Griffith, the homeowner saw lightning flash very close to his home, then saw smoke wafting from recessed lighting in the kitchen.

He yelled for his wife and teenage child to get out, which they did safely, Griffith said. The family also got their dog out of the home safely, the chief said.

"When we got there, we had fire coming from the roof," he said.

Hit by roof truss: One firefighter escaped serious injury when a roof truss fell on him, according to Griffith, who said he was transported to York Hospital by ambulance merely as a precaution.

The home can likely be repaired, but sustained significant damaged, he said.

"The roof is completely gone," Griffith said. "There's smoke and water damage to the whole home."

A damage estimate will be determined by the family's insurance company, he said.

Griffith said lightning definitely ignited the fire, which started in the attic.

Second blaze: Lightning also is being blamed for an early-morning house fire in Fairview Township.

Fairview Township firefighters responded to the blaze on Farmhouse Lane about 1:20 a.m. Monday, according to Chief Chris Weidenhammer, who estimated damage to the home and contents at $250,000.

No one was hurt in the fire, according to Weidenhammer, who said the family was on vacation. But the family dog was killed in the blaze, according to a release from Fairview Township Police.

The York-Adams chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the displaced Peach Bottom Township family by providing food, clothing and comfort kits, which include toiletries, according to a Red Cross news release.

To help victims of local fires, make donations at or send contributions to the York-Adams chapter, 724 S. George St., York 17401.

— Reporter David Weissman contributed to this report. Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at