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Fairview Township fire destroys trailer, displaces six
A fire in Fairview Township destroyed a trailer, displaced six people and killed two pets, according to a fire official.
Fairview Township Fire Chief Chris Weidenhammer said a fire in the 500 block of Old York Road on Tuesday, April 3, displaced three adults and three children.
The fire was reported about 12:15 a.m. Four of the six residents were in the home during the fire but were able to get out because of fire alarms in the home.
“They barely got out … it was a rapid fire spread," he said, adding that the residents fled with basically just with the clothes on their backs.
A dog and a cat perished in the fire, according to the chief. A larger dog was able to flee the home, and as of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, it had not been found.
“The good thing is the dog is chipped, so hopefully someone does find the dog," he said.
Fire: The fire spread from a back bedroom and heavily damaged one side of the trailer, according to Weidenhammer. He said the home is a total loss.
“From the front door all the way to the left is pretty much gone,” the chief said, adding the other side of the trailer had heavy smoke and water damage.
A state police fire marshal will be investigating the cause of the fire, according to the chief. Weidenhammer said he does not believe the blaze to be suspicious.
“All we know is that it started in the back bedroom, but neither the occupants nor us at this point in time have any definitive cause," he said.
Weidenhammer didn't have an exact estimate of the damage but said it would likely be about $150,000 for the home and its contents.
The Red Cross is assisting those displaced by the blaze.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at email@example.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.