Three displaced in Dover Twp. fire

Christopher Dornblaser

Three people were displaced by a fire in Dover Township Wednesday, according to the fire officials.

The blaze occurred in the 2400 block of Sky Top Trail about 11:45 a.m. and caused more than $150,000 in damage, according to Dover Township Fire Chief Brian Widmayer.

The cause of the fire is unknown, and it is under investigation, he said.

One person was in the house during the fire, according to Widmayer, but the person and the pets in the home were able to get out safely.

The roof of the home collapsed during the fire, but a loft above the garage was still intact. Firefighters were still on scene at about 1:30 p.m.

There were several fire engines and tankers at the scene assisting in the fire, lining the street up to the home. York County 911 confirmed there were at least seven engines and six tankers dispatched to the scene.

Engines from West York Fire Department and West Manchester Fire Department were seen assisting alongside the Dover Township Fire Department.

Widmayer said the fire crews assessed the risks of the fire and took care of it defensively, meaning they did not send any firefighters into the home because it was deemed too dangerous to fight it from the interior.

"There's really no gain to going inside," he said.

One issue crews had with fighting the fire was the lack of hydrants in the area of the home. Firefighters needed to bring in tankers to fight the fire. Despite that, Widmayer said they were able to get the fire under control in roughly 20 to 30 minutes.

He said not much inside the home is salvageable.

The Red Cross is assisting those displaced in the fire.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser or on Twitter at@YDDornblaser.

Firefighters battle a blaze on Sky Top Trail in Dover Twp. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
(Photo courtesy of Northern York County Regional Police)
Fire crews battle a blaze in the 2400 block of Sky Top Trail in Dover Township Wednesday, May 12, 2016. Amanda J. Cain photo