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Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

Residents were displaced after crews battled a duplex fire for five hours in York City, according to the fire chief. 

Crews were dispatched to the blaze at 10:15 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Lincoln Street — near the intersections of Bare and North Pershing avenues.

By the time crews finished around 3 p.m., the three-story duplex was charred. The two attached homes accumulated about $200,000 in damages, according to estimates from Fire Chief Bill Sleeger of the York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services.

One of houses is vacant — and was deemed unsafe for crews to enter — and that's where the fire started. Since crews couldn't get inside the property, it took firefighters  longer to control the flames, Sleeger said.

“It wasn’t safe to begin with, so what we did was control the fire, and crews entered the other house to minimize damage that way," Sleeger said. “Because it was a vacant property, the building was unsafe."

There were no injuries to firefighters or residents.

The vacant property was completely destroyed. The adjacent occupied property, however, is salvageable, Sleeger said. 

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Though he did not have information about how many people occupied the residence, he confirmed the Red Cross is assisting those now displaced.

The cause is under investigation by York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services and York City Police.

“It was a pretty routine fire," Sleeger said. "The guys did a good job.” 

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