Six adults and six children were displaced after a duplex caught fire in York County this morning.
The fire broke out shortly before 7 a.m. at West Locust and South Hawthorne Streets. At one point, the fire went to three alarms and flames shot out of the third floor roof.
Everyone inside the home escaped safely, but initial reports that several children were unaccounted for distracted crews from the blaze itself. They began a frantic search for the children.
"[The] kids took our firefighters away from the fire and in rescue mode," said York City Fire Deputy Fire Chief Gregory Halpin. We were "trying to find the kids, only to learn 15 to 20 minutes later they had been cleared from the building."
Milagros Orr lived in the home and says it's a total loss but she's grateful that no one was hurt.
"We gotta thank God," she said.
It appears the fire started on the second or third floor, but the cause remains under investigation.