Fire chief: York City laundromat probably a total loss after blaze
A fire at a laundromat in York City caused $750,000 in damage Sunday night, according to York City Fire Chief Chad Deardorff.
The fire at Suzanne's Wash-house, located at 820 Roosevelt Ave., took first responders three hours to extinguish and caused significant damage to the front exterior and roof.
"It was one of those fires that was burning for a while before we got the call, so it was pretty well advanced before we dispatched," Deardorff said. "I'm suspecting it'll be a total loss — but that will be up to the insurance company."
Firefighters responded to the blaze about 11 p.m. Sunday and finished up around 2 a.m. Monday.
When crews arrived, they discovered fire trapped underneath the roof.
"We hit a partial roof collapse in the front, so we had to go defensive and operate from the outside," Deardorff said. "It's a matter of getting all pockets of fire extinguished."
Three to six people self-evacuated from the building at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported, he added.
The cause is still under investigation.
On Sunday, York County was under a red flag warning for an increased risk of fires due to low humidity and higher temperatures.
However, Deardorff said the laundromat fire was not caused by weather, which would instead typically affect heavily wooded areas.
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