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12 displaced by Harrisburg fire

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A fire in Harrisburg this morning damaged three homes and temporarily displaced 10 adults and two children.

The three-alarm in the 1900 block of Bellevue Road was reported just after 10:30 a.m.

The need for the third alarm was almost immediate. Fire Chief Brian Enterline said recent downsizing, units on a training operation, and a lack of aid made the job more difficult and dangerous.

"Some of our mutual aid partners were unable to respond because of the shortage of volunteers, so we had three units on our initial response who did not respond today," Enterline said.

Two homes in a duplex were damaged by fire and a third house was damaged by smoke.

Investigators are pointing to a stove as the cause.

Everyone in the homes escaped safely, including a dog that was rescued by firefighters.

"I thought I lost my animal, but then he came and brought my animal back out," Stephen Evans said of the firefighter who rescued his pet. "Materialistic things I can replace, but my animal is part of my family."

The American Red Cross is assisting the families with food, clothing and shelter.

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