Five displaced in York City duplex fire

Two cats died and five people were displaced after a fire heavily damaged a duplex in York City.

York City Fire Chief David Michaels said a blaze at a duplex in the 500 block of East Boundary Avenue required about 60 firefighters to contain on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Two people were displaced from one home, and three people, two adults and one child, were displaced from the other.

The chief said the fire was electrical, and it started in the first floor of the home on the right before spreading to the adjoining home.


Fire: The chief said the three-alarm fire was "labor intensive" and fire departments from around the area, including York Area United Fire and Rescue, West York, Dover Township, York Township and West Manchester Township, came to assist.

He said the fire was called in at 11 a.m. According to the chief, York County 911 was receiving many calls about the fire.

"When the crews got here, they did have heavy smoke and flames from the building," he said.

No one was inside the home during the fire, and no one was injured fighting the fire.

A cat from each home died, according to the chief.

Fire crews stand outside a house in the 500 block of East Boundary Avenue on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, after fire ripped through the three-story structure.
(Dawn J. Sagert photo)

Michaels said it took crews about an hour to have the fire under control.

After the fire, fire officials could be seen placing an "x" on the front and side of the building. Michaels said it's placed there to indicate that a home is structurally deficient, if there were to be a fire there again.

The chief estimated the damage at $150,000.

Residents: Sonja and Freddie Carroll, who lived in one of the homes, said they were not home when the fire started.

York City firefighters battled a blaze at a single-family home in the 500 block of East Boundary Avenue on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.
(Photo courtesy of York City Department of Fire & Rescue)

Sonja Carroll said she got a call from her husband.

"My husband called and said, 'You need to come home; our whole house is on fire,'" she recalled.

"(I'm) devastated," Freddie Carroll said of the fire.

York City fire crews battle a blaze at a house in the 500 block of East Boundary Avenue on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.
(Photo courtesy of York City Department of Fire & Rescue)

Speaking after the fire, the two were looking for their cats, Junior and Smokey.

"I'm more worried about my animals than my stuff," Freddie Carroll said.

They would later find out that Junior had perished in the fire.

As of about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the couple were still looking for one of their cats, Smokey, a gray cat with white paws, Sonja Carroll said.


Fire crews work a house fire at 512-514 East Boundary Avenue in York City, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The fire displaced four adults and one child who lived in the duplex. No one was at home at the time of the fire. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Anyone who might have seen Smokey is asked to call Sonja Carroll at 717-893-1014.

Sonja Carroll said they moved into the home three years ago and that recently the home has been in bad shape. She said they wanted to move.

"This is not what we wanted," she said of the fire.

The Red Cross is assisting those displaced.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.