Three pets died during a Thursday-morning house fire along Steltz Road in Codorus Township, a fire official said.

"We did lose two dogs and a cat," all of which died of smoke inhalation, said Fire Chief Kris Shearer of New Freedom's Rose Fire Co. "There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians."

Firefighters were called to the building in the 6000 block of Steltz Road about 8:45 a.m., Shearer said. It's not far from the intersection with Huffmanville Road, according to the York County 911 Center.

It is a house that was turned into a store, then renovated into a three-unit apartment building, he said, adding two of the units were occupied.

Five or six people, including one child, were displaced by the blaze and are being assisted by the Red Cross of Central Pennsylvania, according to Shearer. The pets that died came from both those apartments, he said.

No entrapment: Although the initial 911 dispatch for the blaze stated someone was trapped inside, everyone was out of the building when fire crews arrived, the chief said.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to get the blaze under control and about another 20 minutes to extinguish it entirely, according to Shearer.

The fire started on the first floor, then extended up to the second floor, he said. It left the building with fire, smoke and water damaged throughout, the chief said.

However, the building was not destroyed.

"They'll be able to rebuild," Shearer said.

Not suspicious: The fire's cause has not yet been determined, according to the chief, who noted it is not considered suspicious.

A damage estimate wasn't immediately available, he said.

Assisting Rose Fire Co. personnel at the scene were fire crews from Glen Rock, Shrewsbury and Lineboro, Maryland, Shearer said.

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