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Fire destroys million-dollar home

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An afternoon fire gutted the home of a prominent Lancaster County businessman.

Crews were called to the home on Kissel Hill Road, just off Landis Valley Road in Manheim Township, at around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday. When they got there, flames were shooting through the roof on the right side of the house near the sunroom, fire officials said.

It took approximately 40 firefighters nearly two hours to extinguish the blaze. According to fire officials, high winds caused the flames to spread quickly through most of the home. Crews also battled several hot spots throughout the early evening.

The home belongs to John Byler, who currently owns Penn Cinemas. He is said to be staying with family at this time. No one was injured.

Damage is estimated at $1 million. Fire officials told abc27 it is unlikely the house will be salvageable.

A state police fire marshal is currently investigating the cause.

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