One person dies in York Township house fire

The York Dispatch
Crews were called to the scene of a fatal fire Wednesday, June 20, 2018, on McKinley Drive in York Township. Dawn J. Sagert photo

One person died during a house fire in York Township on Wednesday, fire officials said.

The adult resident of a house on McKinley Drive was already dead when firefighters found the person, according to Nate Tracey, chief of York Township Goodwill Fire Co. No. 1. 

Firefighters were called to the 100 block of McKinley Drive at 5:37 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, for a home on fire, according to the York County 911 Center.

In a Facebook live update, Tracey said the fire was actually in the 100 block of Tuscarora Drive, but he later confirmed it was on McKinley.

Several neighbors on the street called 911 to report the roof was on fire, he said.

Crews arriving at McKinley were able to access a hydrant and stretch a 400-foot fire hose to the backyard of the house, so there was no delay on rescue, Tracey added.

The house was large — about 3,000 square feet, he said — and the fire was advanced.

It was called a working fire within a minute of response because all fire companies could see the smoke about a mile away, he continued.

Tracey estimated it must have been burning for more than half an hour before crews responded.

Firefighters found the resident — who was already deceased — shortly after they arrived, Tracey said. The York County Coroner's Office was called to the scene within 15 minutes.

"I understand he was the only one that probably lived in the house," Tracey said.

Tracey said the fire caused part of the second floor of the house to collapse onto the first floor, and part of the first floor collapsed into the basement.

No firefighters were injured, he said.

Shortly after 7 p.m., Tracey said that the fire was under control and crews were still putting out hot spots and making sure no one else was in the house.

Companies from York Township, Yoe, Dallastown, Jacobus and York Area United Fire & Rescue were conducting a slower, secondary search.

Tracey expected roads to be closed for another two to three hours.

A state fire marshal was on the way to the scene, and York Area Regional Police were investigating, Tracey said.