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York City fire displaces eight people

David Weissman
717-505-5431/@DispatchDavid

A fire in a row home in York City displaced eight people on Tuesday night, according to the York City Fire Department.

From left, York City Assistant Fire Chief Gil Kimes, and York City Building Code Official Steve Buffington talk with building tenant Wesner Laurenard, 73, and building owner Sezadieu Novalin during an inspection at 250 East Poplar Street where a third-floor fire, the night before, displaced eight people in York City, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Laurenard, whose apartment was on the third floor, lost all of his belongings in the fire. Dawn J. Sagert  photo

Chief David Michael said the fire was contained to the third floor of a row home on the 200 block of East Poplar Street. His department was dispatched to the scene around 6 p.m. and was able to knock down the flames in about 10 minutes.

Building owner Sezadieu Novalin, left, and tenant Wesner Laurenard, 73, talks in front of the building at 250 East Poplar Street where a third-floor fire, the night before, displaced eight people in York City, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Laurenard, whose apartment was on the third floor, lost all of his belongings in the fire. Dawn J. Sagert  photo

Michaels did not know if any children were among the eight displaced, but he said the American Red Cross is helping them.

The cause of the fire was being investigated Wednesday morning, but Michaels said nothing appears suspicious.

Damage estimates totaled $20,000, he added.