HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Over 40 people remain displaced Wednesday morning after a rowhome caught fire on the 2400 block of Reel Street in Harrisburg.

On May 24 at approximately 8:10 p.m. an air conditioning unit on the second story caused the fire that spread to seven total homes. Four homes sustained “major damage” according to the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire.

“We were getting our butts beat pretty good here. We had gone on ahead and we had to start a second alarm recall of off-duty personnel and once we got those additional people here it really helped and made a difference in the fire,” said Brian Enterline, Harrisburg Fire Chief.

Firefighters responded to the scene and no injuries have been reported. The fire was under control by 8:55 p.m.

Mayor Wanda Williams arrived at the scene shortly after the fire started and spoke with the affected families. The fire remains under investigation and the costs of damages are still undetermined.

The American Red Cross Greater Pennsylvania Region also responded to the fire to provide anyone impacted with shelter, clothing, food, and other emergency needs.

On Wednesday the Red Cross said they were assisting 19 adults and 24 children who were displaced by the fire. Resources for shelter, clothing, food, and other emergent needs are being provided as well as support to begin the recovery process. 

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