House fire in Windsor Twp. being investigated

Christopher Dornblaser, 505-5436/@YDDornblaser

At least 10 York County fire departments battled a fire at a house in Windsor Township on Thursday evening.

Crews were called to the structure fire in the 400 block of Palomino Drive just after 8 p.m. and remained at the scene until shortly before 11 p.m. 

Yorkana Fire Co. Chief Charlie Hose said there were no injuries and the fire is under investigation.

The fire was originally called as a basement fire, but when the crews got to the home, they saw it was more than that.

"Upon arrival, we had flames through the roof," the chief said.

The roof collapsed on one side of the home, and many of the windows blew out. Hose could not say if the home was a total loss. 

The smoke from the fire was visible more than a mile away.  The chief did not know how many people were displaced, but he said Red Cross is assisting the residents.

Hose said neighbors were trying to fight the fire when firefighters arrived. One neighbor who helped out was Joe Kelley, who lives across from the house. He said he was bringing his dog in when he saw an orange reflection off his screen door. 

"The back of the house was in flames," he said.

Kelley, a former firefighter in Chester County, ran into the kitchen of the house while the home was burning to grab keys to help move cars out of the path of the fire. He said by the time all five cars were removed, fire officials had arrived at the scene. 

Kelley said the homeowner did not have a fire extinguisher and ran to a neighbor's to get one. He said many of the neighbors tried to help put out the fire, but it was too much for them.

"It was pretty bad," he said.

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