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Fire destroyed a vacant home along the Susquehanna River in the Long Level area of Lower Windsor Township, according to a local fire chief, who said crews rescued a sleeping woman next door as heat melted the siding on her home.

Crews were called to the single-family home in the 500 block of Boat House Road at 6:09 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, East Prospect Fire Chief Jerry Hanson said.

"It was fully involved when we got there," he said. "There were flames coming through the roof. It had started melting the siding off the house adjacent to it."

A resident was inside that adjacent home, according to Hanson.

"She was still in the house asleep, so we got her out," he said.

The vacant home was destroyed, according to Hanson, who said the total loss is estimated at about $400,000.

The house, which had been for sale, is insured, he confirmed.

As of Wednesday, the cause of the fire remained undetermined, the chief said. No one was hurt, he said.



Volunteers respond: Crews from around York County helped East Prospect firefighters battle the blaze, according to Hanson.

"It was a pretty large house," he said, plus there are often manpower issues at that time of the morning on a workday.

"We're all volunteers," he said.

Hanson said the first things crews did was protect the adjacent home and keep the fire from spreading. They then focused on putting out the house fire itself, both from the exterior and from the inside, he said.

It took crews about 90 minutes to get the fire under control, Hanson said, and they cleared the scene about 10 a.m.

"They did a phenomenal job," he said.

Assisting East Prospect were firefighters from companies and departments including Wrightsville, Yorkana, Hellam Township, Craley, Red Lion, Dallastown, Yoe, York Area United and two Lancaster companies, Hanson said.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.



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