Puppies perish in York City fire

Christopher Dornblaser
  • Multiple puppies died and seven people were displaced in a York City fire on Saturday.
  • The exact cause of the fire is still unknown as of Saturday.
  • Two buildings were heavily damaged as a result of the fire.

Multiple puppies died and several people were displaced in a York City blaze Saturday afternoon, according to a fire official.

York City Fire Chief David Michaels said the fire at 316 and 318 E. Maple St. possibly killed a litter, but he was not sure of the exact number of puppies that perished. Two dogs survived, he said. One dog was seen being taken out by fire crews, still breathing.

Seven people were displaced from the fire, but the chief did not know how many each building housed. He said tenants of 316 were inside when the fire started, but were made aware of the situation and were able to get out unharmed.

The fire was reported just after 3 p.m., and Michaels said it took about 30 minutes to control.

The damage could be seen mainly in the rear of the properties.

"The damage is pretty significant," Michaels said.

Firefighters from York City and surrounding departments battle a house fire in the 300 block of E. Maple Street, Saturday, April 15, 2017. John A. Pavoncello photo

One York City firefighter was hurt on the scene and was treated for a knee injury at York Hospital.

The cause of the fire was unknown Saturday, according to the chief.

"We may have to come back Monday," he said.

Michaels said he thinks the buildings are salvageable.

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On scene: The fire was well-involved when officials arrived.

"There was heavy fire coming from the rear of the structure," Michaels said.

Some witnesses reported hearing explosions, which Michaels said he believes may have come from a storage shed to the rear of the residences.

James Densby, who lives a few houses down from the fire, was sitting outside watching fire officials with his dog. He said he heard the explosions.

"It was booming," he said.

Fire consumes the rear of 316 E. Maple St. Saturday afternoon. Photo courtesy York City Fire

Densby said a York City Police officer knocked on his door when the fire started.

"He said, 'Just come out, just in case,'" Densby recalled.

While Densby wasn't outside when the fire started, he definitely heard something coming from his neighbor's home.

"Everything was going crazy back there," he said.

On the scene, firefighters were behind and in front of the building. Police officers were not allowing residents to walk directly in front of the building while officials tended to the fire.

Fire officials began clearing the scene about 5:30 p.m.

The Red Cross is assisting those displaced by the blaze.

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