Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Fire displaces family of three
BY RYAN ROBINSON, and LARRY ALEXANDER, Staff Writers
A family of three was displaced after fire struck a house in Providence Township Wednesday morning, an official said.
Phil Hiatt, of 1045 Rawlinsville Road, Willow Street, got up to put more wood in a wood stove shortly before 2 a.m. and noticed smoke in the home, said Trooper Dustin Shireman, a state police fire marshal.
Hiatt called 911 and he and his wife, Christie, and their infant child got out of the home safely.
The fire started in the chimney and extended into the wall of a small room off the kitchen where the wood stove was located, Shireman said.
Firefighters from Willow Street and several other area companies extinguished the blaze in a half-hour.
No one was injured, Shireman said.
Damage was estimated at $25,000 to the two-story house. No contents were damaged.
The Hiatts will be staying with relatives while the damage is repaired, Shireman said.
The family rents the home from Glenn Wenger.
n Another fire caused $17,000 in damage at a garage in the city at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, an official said.
Heavy smoke was pouring out of the two-vehicle, detached garage at 455 S. Queen St. when firefighters arrived, city fire bureau Capt. Fred Lenhart said.
They knocked the fire down in about five minutes and brought the scene under control in about 20 minutes.
No one was injured, he said.
Damage was estimated at $13,000 to the structure and $4,000 to a car and some other items inside the garage.
Lt. Thomas Paul, the city's assistant fire marshal, ruled the cause of the fire was undetermined, Lenhart said.
n In Drumore Township, fire destroyed a mobile home at 1426 Tanning Yard Hollow Road.
The approximately 15- by 65-foot home was showing "a lot of smoke" when firefighters arrived, said Lt. Kris Schwerin of the Robert Fulton Fire Company.
"But once we were starting our operations, there was fire coming out of the back of the trailer," he said.
The mobile home, he said, was "pretty much a total loss."
He did not have a dollar figure for the loss, but said the home contained a lot of antique hunting and fishing gear and collectibles.
Schwerin said the residents, a man and his son, were not home when the fire began.
While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Schwerin said it is believed to have started with a heating source the homeowner was using under the trailer to keep water pipes from freezing.
There were no injuries.