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An early morning house fire in Lower Chanceford Township displaced four people and claimed the lives of several pet reptiles, according to a fire official.

Airville Volunteer Fire Company Deputy Chief Mike Golden said the cause of fire at 444 Fisher Road is still under investigation, but it doesn't appear to be suspicious.

 

Fire: Golden said the fire was called in just before 3 a.m. Thursday, and firefighters encountered fire showing on an addition to the back of the two-story residence.

"It was fully involved on that portion of the house," he said.

Golden said firefighters had the fire under control within a few minutes, but fire officials spent a few hours afterward making sure there wasn't any fire inside the walls of the home.

He said an adult and three children were displaced in the blaze. They were in the home when they were awakened by a smoke detector. 

"They were able to get out and exit the building," he said.

Golden said the residents had a collection of reptiles, including lizards, turtles and frogs. All of them perished except for one lizard, he said.

The residents' others pets — a dog and two cats — were able to make it out of the fire OK.

While the fire was contained to the back addition of the home, Golden said the home itself had smoke and heat damage. 

“I would say the main portion of the home is salvageable," he said, adding that the structure of the house is "still solid."

 

Response: The deputy chief said about 40 firefighters in total assisted in fighting the fire.

“Crews were probably there going on three hours before we got to station," he said.

Whiteford Fire Company, in Maryland, alongside Felton Fire Company, New Bridgeville Fire Company, Citizen's Volunteer Fire Company of Fawn Grove and Rescue Fire Company in Dallastown helped. Red Lion EMS and Southern York County EMS also assisted, he said.

“We just always appreciate all the volunteers and the mutual aid for their help," he said.

The Red Cross is assisting those displaced in the blaze.

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

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