Fire chief: Neighbors help crews cool down at York City duplex fire

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Neighbors on South Penn Street provided some much-appreciated support to York City firefighters batting a blaze there Sunday.

Crews were called to 318-320 S. Penn St., a duplex, about 5:15 p.m., York City Fire Chief David Michaels said.

Both houses were vacant.

Firefighters not only had to battle the blaze, they also had to battle blazing temperatures, according to the chief.

"It was a hot evening — the start of this heat wave," Michaels said.

Firefighters on breaks sat on the street and sidewalk and took off their coats to cool down, he said.

"Several neighbors just started handing out drinks and ice," Michaels said.

One neighbor got out his garden hose and let fire personnel cool off by hosing off, according to the chief.

"It definitely made a difference," Michaels said. "We get a lot of support from our community."

He said it was great to see neighbors getting involved.

Fire crews cleared the scene just before 9 p.m., the chief said.

The bulk of the fire damage was at 318 S. Penn St., including fire damage underneath the roof, he said. Flames traveled into 320 S. Penn St. and caused damage there as well, according to the chief.

Michaels estimated damage for both homes at $30,000. No one was hurt, he said.

The fire is considered suspicious, according to the chief, who said a York City detective is investigating.