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Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Residents at Rest Haven York were moved from one area of the nursing/rehabilitation center to another after a tree fell on the building and knocked down live electric lines, the chief of York Area United Fire and Rescue said.

A YAUFR crew was dispatched to the 1050 S. George St. facility in Spring Garden Township at 11:25 a.m. Monday, according to  Chief Dan Hoff.

Wind blew down a sizeable tree that sat along the creek that runs behind Rest Haven York, he said.

The tree fell partially on the building, and in the process tore down live electrical lines, according to Hoff.

York Area United Fire and Rescue crews responded on Monday, May 4, 2020, after a tree fell on a portion of Rest Haven York in Spring Garden Twp. Although the building wasn't significantly damaged, the tree down live electrical lines, so residents in that area of the building were moved to other areas of the facility, YAUFR Fire Chief Dan Hoff said. 
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"It came down just to the south of a transformer pole," he said. "Initially, the lines were still hot, so they did pose a hazard."

As a precaution, the crew and Rest Haven York staff had residents move from the portion of the building hit by the fallen tree  to other areas in the facility, Hoff said.

"There was no fire, and there was no smoke inside," he said.

The residents don't need to be relocated because the building wasn't seriously damaged, according to the fire chief.

A Met-Ed crew responded to the scene to clear the wires, Hoff said, and YAUFR left the scene after about an hour.

Fire and rescue crews from West Manchester Township and York Township's Goodwill No. 1 assisted at the scene, Hoff said.

Rest Haven York could not immediately be reached for comment. The main phone number there wasn't working Monday afternoon.

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

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