Twelve people displaced after fire in York


YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – A dozen people are displaced after a fire damaged several homes in York Saturday.

About 75 firefighters from multiple departments spent hours putting out hotspots on East Philadelphia Street.

“It spread pretty quickly,” said Jennifer Melendez, whose home was damaged by the fire.

Three single family homes, and one home with two units, all went up in flames.

Melendez hasn’t been able to take a look inside her home, but firefighters told her, it doesn’t look good.

“I live on the first floor, and with my neighbor living upstairs, her roof being completely gone, and they had to break in and stuff, I’m sure we suffered a lot of water and smoke damage,” said Melendez.

“We were dispatched at around 1:30 this afternoon for a reported structure fire on the 600 block of Philadelphia Street,” said York City Fire Chief Chad Deardorff.

Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire, but they believe it started outside.

“Met-Ed’s cut power for us completely,” said Deardorff. “We shut operations down to see if we still have active fire anywhere.”

The chief estimates about $510,000 in damage.

“Everybody’s out safe. No injuries to firefighters,” said Deardorff.

Fire officials originally thought ten adults and three children were displaced, but then confirmed ten adults and two children are displaced.

Melendez says this is now the second time she lost her home. The first time was in 2001. Her home on Broad Street was also destroyed by a blaze.

“It’s like starting all over again, once again,” said Melendez. “It’s definitely sad, but like everybody says, your life is more important.”

The American Red Cross is assisting the victims.

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