Hanover fire displaces 22, no one hurt, officials say
No one was hurt in a three-alarm fire overnight in Hanover that displaced 22 people, officials said.
Crews from the newly merged Hanover Area Volunteer Fire Rescue were called to the 300 block of East Walnut Street about 1:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, where they found three row homes on fire, according to a post from the Facebook page of Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Co.
Although the blaze was reported with possible entrapment, searches by fire crews found no one trapped in the fire, and no one was hurt, according to the post.
Pleasant Hill fire crews were called to the scene to assist and stayed on scene for nearly three hours until the fire was brought under control, the post states.
Afterward, Pleasant Hill fire crews went to Hanover Area Volunteer Fire Rescue's station to cover for the department while Hanover crews remained at the Walnut Street fire, according to the post.
Hanover Fire Chief Tony Clousher could not immediately be reached for comment Friday morning.
Five families comprising 11 adults and 11 children are being assisted by the Central Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross, according to Kim Maiolo, director of communications and marketing for the region.
That assistance includes food, clothing, temporary housing and "comfort kits," which contain toiletries and personal-care items, she said.
"We allow the families to take their recovery into their own hands and provide the financial assistance to get them back on their feet," Maiolo said. "We will follow up in the days and weeks to come to make sure they're on the road to recovery and that we're connecting them to other resources — whatever they need."
A Red Cross volunteer crew was at the scene to provide canteen service to the roughly 60 first-responders there, according to Maiolo. That included food and warm drinks.
"It was freezing last night and this morning," she said. "They're working hard, and we want to make sure they're taken care of too."
To donate to the York/Adams chapter of the American Red Cross, send checks or money orders to the Red Cross' "Fire Hurts, Red Cross Helps" campaign, 724 S. George St., York PA 17401. Or make a donation online at www.redcross.org/donate/donation.
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