Fire destroys Newberry Twp. mobile home, damages 2 others

Liz Evans Scolforo

A mobile-home fire Tuesday night in Newberry Township displaced a young couple and damaged two other nearby trailers, a fire official said.

Fire crews were called to Mountain View Terrace mobile-home park, in the 2000 block of Red Bank Road, about 10:30 p.m., Newberry Township Fire Chief Gary Hatterer Jr. said.

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"There were reports of two other mobile homes being involved," he said. "They (sustained) very little damage, just a little radiant-heat transfer, so a bit of siding was damaged."

The residents of those two homes were not displaced, Hatterer said, and no injuries were reported.

A couple in their 20s were left homeless by the blaze and are staying with family, he said.

"For a mobile home with the extent of fire involved, (firefighters) did a good job knocking it down and extinguishing it quickly," the chief said. "We controlled the fire in 40 minutes, but we were there for an extensive period of time for overhaul and to (extinguish) all the hot spots."

Total loss: Despite that, the trailer where the fire started was a total loss, Hatterer said, and he estimated damage of about $25,000. Most of the victims' possessions are likely lost as well, he said.

The young couple had no insurance, the chief confirmed, and said they are being assisted by the York-Adams Chapter of the American Red Cross. The couple owned the mobile home, he said.

A malfunction with the couple's wood-burning stove started the blaze, according to Hatterer, and the fire has been ruled accidental.

Fire crews from Goldsboro, York Haven, Fairview Township and Strinestown all hauled water to the scene in tankers, the chief said. And fire crews from the Army Depot in New Cumberland provided extra manpower, he said.

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