Fire chief: York City laundromat probably a total loss after blaze

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Suzanne's Wash-House, Monday, March 15, 2021, after a fire occurred there Sunday, March 14, 2021. Fire officials say the blaze caused $750,000 in damage. Bill Kalina photo

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.

Water covers the floor at Suzanne's Wash-House, Monday, March 15, 2021, after a fire occurred there Sunday, March 14, 2021. Fire officials say the blaze caused $750,000 in damage. Bill Kalina photo

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.

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

York City  Fire/Rescue Services battle a fire at Suzanne's Wash-house, 820 Roosevelt Ave., on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Photo courtesy of York City Fire/Rescue Services.