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UPDATE: Father and son displaced after being rescued from burning house in Wrightsville

Harper Ho
York Dispatch

A father and 4-year-old boy including two small dogs have been displaced after they were rescued by firefighters in a Thursday morning house fire in Wrightsville.

Fire Chief Chad Livelsberger, Wrightsville Fire & Rescue Co. 41, said Friday that had it not been for the fire detector, the outcome would have been grave.

Firefighters responded about 1 a.m. to a report of two people trapped on the roof of a burning home in the 200 block of Walnut Street.

Livelsberger said the fire alarm alerted the sleeping father, who went to get his son and the pair exited through a bedroom window.

"The smoke was that bad that they couldn't go downstairs," he said. "We take the alarm out of the equation and you have a different outcome."

Smoke was billowing out of the 2½-story home when first responders arrived and observed a man and child on the porch roof needing to be rescued, according to Wrightsville Fire & Rescue Co. 41.

Livelsberger said crews worked simultaneously to rescue the occupants and extinguish the fire, which originated in the basement and had spread to the floors above.

Livelsberger estimated $100,000 in damages, adding the condition of the house is so bad "you can see through the house."

Firefighters also rescued two small dogs who were trapped on the first floor. There were no injuries.

Firefighters took control of the fire within an hour and finished in about five hours.

Livelsberger said the cause of the fire is yet to be determined by the fire marshal but officials don't suspect foul play. He said the father and son are staying with family.

Livelsberger said he implores everyone in need of working smoke detectors to contact the firehouse at 717-252-4770 to make arrangements for installation. He said the service is free and will save lives.