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4 homes destroyed, 3 firefighters injured in York arson

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

Leah Bupp eyed the remains from her doorstep.

"There were just flames everywhere. It was crazy," she said.

Bupp had seen smoke pouring from her neighbor's home Thursday afternoon and at 2:30 p.m. made the call to 911.

The three-alarm fire began inside of a home on the 200 block of Walnut Street in York and quickly spread down the block, gutting four home in all. Only one home was occupied; the rest were abandoned.

"We know people get in those, we try to have them boarded up," York Fire Chief David Michaels said.

Michaels added that many times, squatters will break inside for shelter or to steal copper.

Water was crucial for the fight and critical for crews.

"It was labor intensive on a hot day," said Michaels.

With heat as a factor, three firefighters received on-site care for injuries.

"I'm just sick and tired of it," said one neighbor.

She said she's sick of seeing abandoned buildings burned to the ground.

The fire was put out by 4:30 p.m. and soon afterwards, investigators made their call. This was yet another an act of arson.

Two hours later, the sun had started to set when suddenly panic was sparked again. The fire that everyone thought was out was not. Crews returned to Walnut Street to extinguish the blaze again.

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