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Lower Windsor house fire sets off ammunition

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

More than 30 crews responded to a two-alarm fire Tuesday morning in Lower Windsor Township, York County.

"When I got here it was fully involved," East Prospect Fire Chief Jerry Mack said.

The house in the 1700 block of Manor Street is a complete loss. Nobody was injured.

Smoke could be seen from a few miles away. It took crews the better part of an hour to contain the fire. They continued to douse the burnt structure with water to prevent it from catching again.

Fire officials said it was a vacant home, but the caretakers were in the process of fixing it up to try to sell it. All that remained standing was a brick chimney.

When crews first arrived, they noticed ammunition was going off inside the home, forcing them to stay on the outskirts.

They were also privy to propane tanks that were in the basement of the home.

"I ordered everybody to an exterior attack, nobody to go inside. We had one side of the building collapse, then there were shell casings going off, and then we were worried about propane bottles in the basement," Mack said.

No determination on how the fire started has been made, but officials do not believe it to be suspicious.


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