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York City fire displaces family, kills pets
A row home fire Friday night in York City displaced four people and claimed the lives of four pets.
Fire Chief David Michaels said the fire, which occurred about 8:30 p.m. at 570 Company St., started from the first floor of the home and spread to a small portion of the second floor.
Michaels said Saturday the cause of the fire is undetermined but that it doesn't look suspicious. He estimated the damage at $50,000.
“It’s going to take some work; the insurance will get involved. … It’s salvageable,” he said.
Michaels said the fire took about 45 minutes to get under control.
"There was a lot of smoke and flames when we got there, towards the back part of the house," he said, adding that firefighters were able to focus their attention on the blaze from the back to get it under control.
Michaels said no humans were injured, and the occupants, three adults and one child, were there when the fire started.
"They were home, noticed something was going on, that there was a fire (and) they were able to get out," he said.
Michaels said the fire claimed the lives of three cats and one bird, but some pets were able to get out OK.
"There were three dogs that got out," he said, noting that one bird got out and an unknown number of cats had gotten out as well. He said one cat was found Saturday morning.
The fire caused some heat damage to a neighboring home and burned an electrical line to another, causing the power in the home to go out, Michaels said. Met-Ed was working on restoring power.
Michaels said crews left the scene about 11:30 p.m.
The Red Cross is assisting those displaced in the fire.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at email@example.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.