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York families lose homes before Christmas

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

Just one week before Christmas, four York families lost their homes to a Sunday night fire that broke out in the 500 block of Princess Street.

Officials said they have not yet determined what caused the fire, but said it does not appear to be suspicious.

For several hours on Monday morning, volunteers with the American Red Cross Disaster Relief were on the scene helping the nearly 20 people who were displaced. Pat Isch, disaster coordinator for the American Red Cross in York, said they were offering several services to the residents.

"We have counselors that help with mental health, so we are here just talking with them seeing how they have processed the disaster," Isch said.

Paula Sweitzer and her husband were doing some housework when they noticed flames on Sunday evening. Sweitzer said she felt fortunate that she was able to get her family, including her young granddaughter, out of the home in time.

"If we were sleeping, it was right on the side where we would be sleeping," she said, "I don't know, only God knows why it happened like this."

She also said she is grateful for the firefighters who were able to pull Christmas presents she was saving for her family out of the fire.

Officials with the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are assisting those displaced by the fire. Fire officials said it could be a while before they determine an exact cause.

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