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A third-alarm fire that spread to four houses in York City on Saturday afternoon left 10 adults and two children displaced, according to the York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services.

Crews battled the blaze in the 600 block of East Philadelphia Street for about seven hours. 

The fire started on the exterior first floor porch area of the house located at 634 E. Philadelphia St. and damage estimates are $510,000, according to a post from York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services on its Facebook page.

The cause of the blaze is unknown and is under investigation, the post noted. The 12 who were affected by the fire are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

The southbound lane of Ridge Avenue will be closed from Philadelphia Street to Glenn Place until further notice, York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services said in a Facebook post.

— Ron Musselman can be reached at rmusselman@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @ronmusselman8. Tina Locurto can be reached at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @tina_locurto.

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