East Hopewell Twp. fire damages garage

Christopher Dornblaser

Eureka firefighters were headed to a report of a garage fire on the 9300 block of Mead Hill Road in East Hopewell Township Sunday afternoon when they saw a column of smoke coming from the residence — 15 minutes away from the station. That's when they called for more people, according to Eureka Fire Chief Ira Walker Jr.

Fortunately for the fire crews and the home owners, the extra help was not needed, according to Walker.

The fire in the detached garage was originally called in around 1:30 Sunday, according to York County 911, and crews had it contained about 15 minutes after they arrived, Walker said. He said the fire damaged one end of the garage heavily, but it did not spread to the rest of the home.

Eureka Fire Department responded to a fire on the 9300 block of Mead Hill road on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Walker said because of the rural area the home is in, the station called for a working fire, giving them more engines, tankers and manpower.

“Plan for the worst, hope for the better,” he said.

Walker said the fire was caused by a controlled burn outside the garage, coming from a wooded area nearby, that had spread to the garage. No one was injured.

He said the garage is salvageable, but he did not have a damage estimate at the time. The side that was damaged was more of a workshop area, and some of the items in there were damaged, according to Walker.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com.