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A fire in Chanceford Township claimed the lives of more than a dozen dogs, according to a fire official.

New Bridgeville Fire Chief Ron Witmer said the fire in the 2800 block of Cramer Road killed five adult dogs and nine puppies Monday, Feb. 19.

Additionally, Witmer said the fire completely destroyed the 2½-story home.

Crews fight a fire in the 2800 block of Cramer Road, Chanceford Township, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Photos courtesy of South County Fire Photos.

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The chief said fire officials arrived and found the side and rear of the home with heavy fire coming from it. The fire then spread throughout the house, according to Witmer.

"It's definitely going to be a complete loss," he said.

Witmer described the home as an older log home with an addition on it.

The fire was called in  about 2 p.m., and Witmer estimated it took about an hour and 15 minutes to get it under control. A passerby had reported the fire, he said.

Once the fire was under control, Witmer said, officials went back inside to search for residents. No one was in the home at the time of the fire, but there were two cars in the driveway, leading firefighters to believe people might still be inside.

"We didn't have a clue if anyone was in or not," he said.

Two adults were displaced in the fire, according to the chief.

The chief did not have a damage estimate or a cause of the fire Monday evening. He said the cause of the fire is not considered suspicious. 

Witmer estimated 50 firefighters assisted at the scene. Officials from Lancaster County and Harford County, Maryland, came to assist as well. Witmer said  no firefighters were injured while fighting the blaze.

The Red Cross is assisting those displaced by the fire.The Red Cross of Central Pennsylvania said the organization is providing food, lodging, clothing and blankets to the two adults displaced. 

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