Police: Elderly homeowner hurt in Jackson Twp. mobile-home blaze

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
A firefighter douses hot spots at a mobile home fire in Jackson Township Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Bill Kalina photo

An elderly man suffered injuries when his home was destroyed by fire Thursday morning in Jackson Township, according to police.

An East Berlin-area firefighter also suffered injuries, officials said.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the mobile home in the 6300 block of Pine Road about 11:15 a.m., according to the York County 911 Center.

An officer with Northern York County Regional Police was first on scene, according to police Chief Dave Lash, who said the homeowner is 88 years old.

"He was already outside the residence when the officer arrived, and he was taken to York Hospital," Lash said.

Firefighters battled a blaze that destroyed a mobile home in Jackson Township Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Bill Kalina photo

The home was fully engulfed in fire when the officer got there, Lash said.

Nashville Fire Chief Brad Dunham said an East Berlin-area firefighter with Northeast Adams Fire & EMS suffered a laceration on one of his fingers and went to the hospital, where he was expected to receive a few stitches.

The injured homeowner told an officer he had been working on his oil furnace when the blaze began, according to Dunham.

"That's the area where the fire started," he said. "Exactly what he was doing, I can't 100% tell you at this point."

The home and everything inside were destroyed, according to Dunham, who said it's believed the fire was accidental.

"It's a total loss," he said.

The fire chief said he estimates total damage at about $50,000.

Firefighters responded to a structure fire in Jackson Township on Thursday Jan. 7, 2021.

The blaze was already well advanced when firefighters arrived on scene, with flames coming from the front and back of the home, according to Dunham.

"The homeowner supposedly fought the fire on his own before calling 911, we were told," the fire chief said.

He urged people not to try to put out building fires themselves.

"When a fire happens, don't take it into your own hands," Dunham said. "Get out and stay out, and call 911 immediately."

Had the homeowner called 911 right away it still might not have saved his home, the fire chief said, but perhaps he could have avoided being injured.

Firefighters conducted an outside-only attack and had the blaze under control in about 20 minutes, according to Dunham; it was extinguished within about 45 minutes.

A blaze destroyed this Jackson Township mobile home in the 6300 block of Pine Road on Jan. 7, 2021, and injured the 88-year-old man who lived there, officials said.

The mobile home had many flammable items inside that fed the blaze, he said.

Northern Regional Police are investigating in conjunction with a state police fire marshal, Dunham said.

Assisting Nashville crews at the scene were firefighters from Dover and West Manchester townships, West York, New Oxford and East Berlin.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD. Breaking-news reporter Harper Ho contributed to this report.