Chief: Neighbors help fight Springfield Twp. fire
When firefighters arrived at a blaze in Springfield Township, neighbors had already taken action by spraying the fire with a garden hose, according to a fire official.
“I would almost say if they wouldn't have taken action at that point, it would’ve been a lot worse,” Loganville Fire Co. Chief Brian Ream said.
The fire damaged the front of a home in the 400 block of Oakwood Drive at about 6:45 p.m. Monday, May 7, the chief said.
The fire started from a ride-on lawn mower then spread to the front of the split-level home, Ream said. He said the fire was high enough from the lawnmower to reach the overhang on the house.
Crews were able to contain the fire to the front of the home, according to the chief. He estimated it took firefighters 15 minutes to get the fire under control.
The chief estimated the damage at $15,000 to $20,000.
Ream said the cause of the initial tractor fire is unknown, but officials don't believe it is suspicious.
The man who lives at the home spent the night at his son's house, according to the chief. Currently the inside of the home only has smoke damage, and he said once that is cleared the man will be able to live there again.
Crews from Dallastown, Glen Rock, Jacobus, New Freedom and York Township assisted Loganville Monday night, according to the chief.
No one was injured in the blaze.
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