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'Suspicious' fire claims abandoned home in York Twp.
A fire described as "suspicious" destroyed an abandoned home in York Township on Tuesday afternoon.
York Township Fire Chief Nate Tracey said the home, located in the 2300 block of Springwood Road, had no electricity, and no one was living in it at the time.
"There's no reason for it to burn," Tracey said.
Tracey said the home, a 2½-story farmhouse, was slated for demolition over the summer.
The chief said smoke from the fire could be seen from a mile or two away. He said when fire crews got to the blaze, the decision was made to fight the fire defensively, meaning they did not send any firefighters into the building, instead opting to fight it from the outside.
"It was fully involved when we got here," Tracey said.
Neighbor Christine Landes said she was sitting on her porch when she saw black smoke coming from the building about 3:30 p.m. That's when she called 911.
"They were here in a couple of minutes," she said, commending the response time.
Tracey said when a nearby building burned in 2013, firefighters had lines laid to bring water to the building. This time they decided to use tankers, which he said was more efficient.
He said they had the fire under control in about 20 minutes; the rest of the time they dedicated to cleanup. A front loader was brought in to help demolish parts of a wall.
York Area Regional Police are investigating the cause of the blaze.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.