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Buildings destroyed in North Codorus Twp. salvage yard fire

A fire that destroyed two buildings at a North Codorus Township salvage yard filled the sky with billowing black smoke that could be seen from miles away.

Despite the huge column of smoke, officials were able to contain the fire to just a portion of the large lot at Eichelberger's Auto Salvage on Wednesday, June 6.

“It could’ve been a lot worse,” North Codorus Township Fire Chief Tim Carr said.

Firefighters work a structure fire at Eichelberger's Auto Salvage on Sunnyside Road in North Codorus Township, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Fire: Dozens of firefighters responded to the blaze at 1381 Sunnyside Road, not far from the intersection of Stoverstown Road, just after 2 p.m., according to the York County 911 Center.

Carr said a worker was draining fuel from a vehicle when a spark lit the fuel, causing a container on the property to explode. 

The main work building and an office building were completely destroyed, he said. Multiple vehicles on the property were damaged as well, according to the chief.

He did not have a damage estimate immediately available on the morning of Thursday, June 7.

The buildings were evacuated by the time crews arrived, he said. Carr said officials could see the smoke from the fire station, roughly a mile away.

"It was well involved when they pulled up," he said.

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A fire at Eichelberger's Auto Salvage on Sunnyside Road in North Codorus Twp. sent thick smoke billowing into the air on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

Carr said the fire was called in as a high-risk structure fire, which brought more firefighters and a water tanker task force.

Tankers were dumping water into a pool at a nearby intersection as an additional water source for the firefighters.

Carr estimated about 100 firefighters helped fight the blaze. Crews from all over York County, including West Manchester Township, West York, Glen Rock and Loganville, were on the scene. 

There was some runoff from the incident that went into a stream that runs through the salvage yard, but Carr said firefighters worked with the state Department of Environmental Protection and York County Hazardous Materials Response Team to keep it contained to the area of the yard.

Carr said fire officials didn't leave the scene until close to 7 p.m. 

Smoke billows from a fire at a salvage yard in North Codorus Township, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Christopher Dornblaser photo

Previous fire: This was a busy week for the North Codorus Township Volunteer Fire Co.

On Tuesday, June 5, a fire at a home on Myers Road killed a dog and temporarily displaced a family of three.

A married couple and their adult son weren't home when the fire started at about 3:30 p.m., according to Carr. The husband called for help after coming home from work.

He called 911, went inside and got one of the family dogs, which had already died of smoke inhalation, Carr said.

A second dog had gotten out through a doggy door, according to the chief.

The two-story home sustained heavy heat and smoke damage to the first floor, the chief said.

Carr said Wednesday he's still investigating to determine the fire's cause, but he said everything he's seen leads him to believe it was an electrical fire, likely from malfunctioning wires.

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