A fire that burned a building in the 700 block of South Court Avenue on Thursday afternoon was intentionally set, according to York City Fire Chief David Michaels.

The blaze in the 700 block of South Court Street was called in shortly before 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Michaels said. Crews arriving on the scene contained the fire to the second floor of the building at 741 S. Court St.

The building was vacant at the time of the fire, and seemed like it had been vacant for a while, Michaels said. So the damage estimate is low, only $5,000, though the fire damage to the second floor is fairly significant, he said.

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No one was hurt, he said, adding that firefighters had the blaze under control in about 15 minutes.

The chief said it appeared one or more people had set fires in multiple spots around the second floor of the building.

"They set a couple different fires," he said.

He confirmed he'd heard the police were talking to several teenagers who they had found nearby, but he didn't know if anyone had been charged in connection with the fire.

Lt. Troy Bankert, the supervisor of the York City Police Department's detective bureau, didn't return a call for comment Thursday evening.

Michaels said starting fires can be very dangerous.

"Any time a fire is set it has the potential to spread, and cause injuries to civilians or firefighters," Michaels said.

Anybody with information is asked to call police at 846-1234, or text "yorktips" and then the tip to 847411. All tips remain anonymous.

— Reach Sean Cotter at or on Twitter at @SPCotterYD.

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