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Fire displaces four in Lower Windsor Twp.

John Joyce

Smoke from a fire that displaced a Lower Windsor Township family Monday afternoon could be seen for miles, prompting York County 911 to dispatch eight area fire companies to combat the blaze.

The home, a two-story, single-family residence, was a total loss, fire officials said. The American Red Cross was called in to assist the family with all essential needs.

The initial call came in at 5:37 p.m. as a working structure fire, according York County 911.

"It was already a working structure fire when they got here," East York County Office of Emergency Management agency coordinator Phil Smith said.

Smith confirmed that the roof of the home as well as the side walls collapsed, but he said all of the residents — later confirmed as two adults and two small children — were out of the house by the time the building came down.

"Everybody got out safely," he said.

Smith said the response by so many agencies is standard procedure for a fire the size of which they battled Monday, given the setting.

"When we're out in rural areas like this, water supply is very limited," he said. "We have to make sure we have enough manpower."

Several tankers were on the scene, relaying water to the crews outside the residence. Firefighters were prevented from making their way inside to attack the fire and were limited to an exterior attack, officials said.

Among the fire companies that responded were Red Lion, Hellam, Yoe, Windsor, Wrightsville, East Prospect, Craley and Yorkana.

Family of five killed in blaze mourned.

According to Charlie Hose, the chief of the Yorkana Fire Department, the house was valued at $150,000, but the damage was so complete that the crews could not determine the cause of the fire. However, Hose said, the fire does not look suspicious.

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