Cause of Dover Twp. blaze under investigation

Sean Philip Cotter
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Authorities continue to investigate the cause of the Dover Township log cabin that was consumed by flames Tuesday night.

Crews were dispatched at 10:23 p.m. for reports of a "fully involved home" — a house that was completely on fire — in the 4400 block of Eagle Scout road,  Dover Township Deputy Fire Chief Brian Widmayer said on Wednesday.

Fire hoses remain on the scene, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, after fire destroyed a log home in Dover Township on Eagle Scout Road  Tuesday night. (Bill Kalina - The York Dispatch)

Firefighters immediately adopted a defensive strategy; that is, the aim was merely to make sure the fire didn't spread from the house, he said.

There were no hydrants nearby, so crews set up a system of transporting water from the closest hydrant, which was a bit of a hike from the scene of the fire.

"The nearest hydrant was about two miles away," he said.

Firefighters couldn't save a home in the 4000 block of Eagle Scout Road in Dover Township, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)

No one was hurt fighting the fire, and no one was in the house when it started. Widmayer thinks it's someone's second home, and was still somewhat under construction.

The house was a total loss, but the monetary damage done by the blaze hasn't been determined. He said as a matter of protocol they have called in a state police fire marshal, as the cause it still undetermined. Widmayer declined to comment as to whether or not there was anything suspicious about the blaze.

— Reach Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com.

Firefighters couldn't save a home in the 4000 block of Eagle Scout Road in Dover Township, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)