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Eight animals were killed Thursday afternoon when a fire destroyed a home in Lower Windsor Township.

East Prospect Fire Chief Jerry Hanson said crews were called to the mobile home in the 800 lock of Taylor Road after a neighbor reported a fire about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22.

The smoke, Hanson said, could be seen from about four miles away.

The fire destroyed the home, according to the chief, who said the cause remains under investigation. He said it does not appear to be suspicious.

Hanson said the Red Cross is assisting the two adults and three children who he said lost everything in the fire.

Fire: Seven dogs and one cat were killed in the fire, Hanson said. The fire chief said crews were unable to save any of the animals. 

He estimated about 50 firefighters from about 10 neighboring fire departments helped battle the blaze. Two of the departments came from Lancaster County.

"At that time of day, a lot of people were still working," Hanson said of the increased response.

He estimated it took crews about 45 minutes to have the fire under control. Firefighters stayed on the scene until about 5:30 p.m. to clean up, according to the chief.

Initially there were reports of explosions at the home. Hanson said ammunition in the home exploded, but it didn't impact the crews' response.

Hanson said the fire appears to have started in the front of the home, but the exact origin has not yet been determined.

To donate to the Red Cross, send checks or money orders to the Red Cross' "Fire Hurts, Red Cross Helps" campaign, 724 S. George St., York PA 17401. Or donate online at www.redcross.org/donate/donation.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

 

 

 

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