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Firefighters work multiple fires in Conewago, Dover townships

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

Firefighters in York County were kept busy Wednesday night when departments responded to structure fires in Conewago and Dover townships. 

Emergency responders were called to the Conewago blaze at 10:43 p.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of Fisher Drive. The fire displaced three families. 

Crews finished up at the Conewago Township fire around 1:37 a.m., according to Chief Frosty Wertz.

Fire damage is shown in the 300 block of Fisher Drive in Conewago Township, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Firefighters responded to the call at 10:42 p.m. Wednesday night. Dawn J. Sagert photo

"We needed a lot of manpower because of all the time-consuming pulling down the ceilings," Wertz said. "It was an awesome job by all of the fire companies that assisted us on this call."

The blaze started in the middle home in a group of townhouses, which caused vertical spreading of the fire to the homes on either side.

Firefighters spent time during the incident knocking down walls and ceilings to suppress the fire, Wertz said.

"We kept it contained luckily with only a little spread to the two houses on the side," he added.

The middle home, where the fire originated, sustained the most damage. While the two other homes received minimal fire damage, other damage did occur because of crews knocking down walls to contain the blaze.

Wertz did not have information about damage estimates.

There were no injuries, and the cause of the blaze is under investigation. 

Two of the displaced families are being assisted by the local Red Cross chapter, while the third family sought their own arrangements instead, Wertz said.

In Dover Township, fire crews worked the structure fire for more than three hours, according to a Facebook post from the Dover Township Fire Department.

Dover Township Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 5:12 p.m. Wednesday in the 4000 block of Country Road.

Upon arrival, emergency officials saw smoke coming from a two-story single family home and requested additional assistance, the Facebook post reads.

The caller who initially reported the blaze said his furnace was on fire and that residents inside the house were evacuating.

"Crews encountered a well-involved basement fire, as well as an advanced fire on the first floor," according to the post. "Crews were met with a high heat and low [visibility] on the second floor but minimal fire damage."

Dover Township Fire Chief Brian Widmayer refused to answer questions when reached by phone Thursday.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.