Chief: West York gun range fire deemed accidental

Christopher Dornblaser, 505-5436/@YDDornblaser

A fire that destroyed a West York sporting goods store and gun range in late September is being deemed accidental, according to borough police.

Police Chief Matt Millsaps said Wednesday that investigators so far have ruled out arson as the cause of the Sept. 30 fire that claimed West York Sporting Goods at 1059 W. Market St.

“There’s no suspicion that it was intentionally set,” he said.

Millsaps added that the fire is still being investigated, and more information would come out later.

Because the building contained firearms, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was asked to join the investigation alongside West York Police and state police. Millsaps said the investigation could take a long time, especially given the size of the fire and the amount of property destroyed.

“We’re just not able to determine, at this point in time, what exactly caused it,” he said.

'Ammunition flying' during gun-range fire in West York

Officials from the ATF and state police could not be reached over the weekend.

The fire caused quite a commotion that night. Neighbors stood outside the building and watched the blaze until they were ushered back by fire officials after ammunition in the building started "popping."  

Fire officials, West York Police and West York Borough Council members were assisting, and they instructed onlookers to move out of the area.

Crews stayed at the scene for nearly nine hours after the fire was reported. No one was injured by the fire.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.