Fire chief: 13 displaced in Spring Garden Twp. blaze, most temporarily

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Tuesday-morning fire in a Spring Garden Township row home has displaced 13 people and a dog from a total of four homes, York Area United Fire & Rescue Chief Dan Hoff said.

No one was hurt.

"Everybody was out when we got there," Hoff said.

The majority of the residents will likely be only temporarily displaced, the chief predicted, because three of the four row homes sustained only smoke damage.

Eleven adults, two children and a dog are reported displaced after a fire in the 500 block of S. Albemarle Street in Spring Garden Township, Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
John A. Pavoncello photo

But the residents of the home where the fire started — two adults, two children and a dog — will likely be unable to move back in for some time, according to Hoff.

"I believe it's salvageable," the chief said of the home. "But there was pretty significant damage to the second floor."

YAUFR firefighters were called to the 500 block of South Albemarle Street about 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, for the house fire, according to the York County 911 Center. They were assisted by firefighters from York City, York Township and Dallastown, Hoff said.

Under control: It took about 15 or 20 minutes to bring the blaze under control, he said, and fire crews cleared the scene by about 12:30 p.m.

Crews responded to a fire in the 500 block of South Albermarle Street about 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5. Photo courtesy of Southern PA Incident Network.

The blaze started on the second floor of one of the middle row homes, according to Hoff, who said the second and third floors of the home sustained fire damage, that the second floor sustained water damage and that there is smoke and heat damage to all three floors of the home.

The fire is not considered suspicious but remains under investigation by YAUFR to determine its cause, the chief said.

The American Red Cross' Greater Pennsylvania Region chapter was called to the scene to assist the displaced families, according to Hoff.

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