Early morning fire destroys Hellam Twp. home

York Dispatch
  • Fire consumed a Hellam Township residence Tuesday.
  • The homeowner was away for the night, officials said, but two cats might have been inside.

An early morning fire destroyed a house Tuesday in the 700 block of Sunset Road in Hellam Township, despite the efforts of firefighters from six departments.

A man looks through charred debris as firefighters inspect the damage at 739 Sunset Road on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Hellam Township. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Amanda J. Cain photo

Wrightsville Fire Chief Chad Livelsberger said the person who called the fire in to York County 911 about 3:45 a.m. reported seeing flames 10 to 30 feet in the air.

"It was a working house fire," he said. "We arrived to find a single-family, one-and-a-half story dwelling well involved with fire throughout."

Firefighters from Hellam Township, Yorkana, New Bridgeville, Craley and Columbia also were dispatched.

Livelsberger said the fire was too far advanced for firefighters to go in and try to knock it down. He said the residence was unoccupied for the night when the fire broke out, but the homeowner said there might have been two cats in the house.

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"No one was home at the time of the fire," the fire chief said. "In fact, it took us a while to contact the homeowner. We were unable to find any cats after the investigation."

Fire ripped through the house at 739 Sunset Road early Tuesday morning in Hellam Township. The cause is under investigation. Amanda J. Cain photo

Livelsberger said the fire appears to have started in the rear of the house, but the cause was listed as undetermined. The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.

The residence was a total loss, Livelsberger said.

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