An early morning fire in Lower Windsor Township claimed the lives of seven dogs and displaced residents, according to fire officials.

Craley Fire Department Chief Jesse Frantz said the fire occurred on a home on the 1300 block of Snyder Corner Road around midnight, and a few hours after they cleared the scene, the fire came back.

He said the first fire was in an "advanced state" when firefighters first arrived, and they were not able to clear the scene until close to 5 a.m. No one was in the home at the time of the fire. The home was declared a total loss after the first fire.

Around 7:30 a.m., the fire reignited,  he said, and crews returned to the site and had the fire under control in about an hour and a half. Frantz said the fire was extensive and heavily damaged the home.

Frantz did not immediately know the cause of the fire, nor could he estimate the cost of the damage. A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fires.

The Red Cross is assisting those displaced in the fire, Frantz said, but he did not know how many people were displaced.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at

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