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West Donegal Twp. Home Suffers Major Damage as Kitchen Fire Extends to Garage

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

West Donegal Twp., PA - On November 14th at 4:01 P.M., crews from Rheems Fire Department along with mutual aid departments were dispatched to a reported kitchen fire at 284 Hillcrest Lane in West Donegal Township (Lancaster County).

Crews enroute were given the report of a fire in the kitchen and shortly after, County came back on the air to report that the fire was extending to the garage with multiple calls now being recieved.

Assistant Chief 70-2 arrived and set up Command with the report of a two-story, single-family dwelling with the garage fully involved. Truck 74 (Elizabethtown FD) arrived and split crews to ladder the building, search for occupants and determine how far into the home the fire was. All occupants were accounted for a short time later. Engine 701 (Rheems FD) arrived and placed two lines in service, one to the garage and one through the front door.

Command then requested two additional tankers to the scene and ultimately requested the second-alarm for manpower at 4:26 P.M. Tanker 70 supplied Engine 701 while Tanker 79 (Maytown East Donegal Twp. FD) supplied water for Engine 702. Engine 742 set up to draft from a pond to the rear of the dwelling and supplied Rescue 80 (Columbia Borough FD) to help with fire suppression at the rear of the structure.

Command placed the fire under control at 4:34 P.M., with crews remaining on scene until 7:06 P.M. No injuries were reported during the incident, and the PSP Fire Marshal is investigating.

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