THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2017
City FD was first dispatched at 5:58 p.m. to the area of the Lancaster
City and Lancaster Township dividing line after receiving multiple calls
of smoke in the area of the 300 block of S. West End Avenue. One caller
stated it is 305-307 S West End Avenue with "smoke everywhere"
city units searching through the smoke filled street determined the
fire was at 305-307S West End Avenue which is a Lancaster Township
Lancaster Township Fire Department was
dispatch as Lancaster City firefighters started to attack the
fire. City firefighters found smoke issuing from the second floor
roofline and attic of the 2 1/2 story duplex at 305-307 S West End
Avenue. City firefighters forced entry into the building and discovered
the fire to be in the 3rd floor attic of 307 S West End Avenue.
Arriving Lancaster Township assisted the Lancaster City firefighters attacking the fire and venting the smoke from the building.
The fire was quickly extinguished and under control in 30 minutes.
No injuries were reported. PA State Police fire marshal was notified but did not respond.
Blue Rock Fire Rescue, East Petersburg and Mountville Fire companies assisted Lancaster Township firefighters.
at 305 S West End Avenue were 2 adults and 2 cats. 307 were 3 adults,
one was a guest in the home, 2 children and a cat.
305 S West End Avenue residents were home and escaped safely None was home in the fire building at 307 S West End Avenue.
305 sustained smoke and water damage. 307 sustained fire damage to the attic.
No damage estimate was available.
Impact Disaster Services were on the scene to secure the building.
PPL cut the power to the building.
Lancaster Township code enforcement officer Tom Daniels was on the scene to inspect the house.
The residents were nor permitted to return to their home.
Township Fire Chief Ron Comfort Jr. determined the cause of the blaze
to be an accidental electrical fire in the 3rd floor attic of
307 S West End Avenue.
American Red Cross is assisting 2 adults and 2 cats from 305 S West End Avenue.
Fire units returned to service at 8 p.m.
S. West End ave was closed by fire police at Maple Avenue and Elm Avenue.