The fire alarm was dispatched by Adams County 911 Center at 12:32 a.m. First units were responding within two minutes. On arrival, responders found the home fully engulfed in flames, with fire blazing through the roof. A glow in the sky was visible from almost two miles away. The fire was deemed under control and the situation contained at 1:34 a.m., 59 minutes from dispatch. Responders were on the scene throughout the early morning hours ensuring the fire was out and the area was safe before returning to their stations for cleanup at 4:45 a.m.
The home sustained major damage and is likely a total loss. The cause of the fire is undetermined and is under investigation by the PA State Fire Marshall and Pennsylvania State Police. The American Red Cross is assisting the resident with temporary housing.
Adams Regional EMS was first on the scene, followed in rapid succession by the Barlow Fire Company and Gettysburg Fire Department. Chief Hurshel Shank of Gettysburg Fire Department was the incident commander. Responding agencies included over 75 volunteer firefighters and fire police officers from Alpha Fire Company (Littlestown), United Hook & Ladder, Cashtown Community Fire Department, Biglerville Hose & Truck Company, Greenmount Fire Company, and Arendtsville Community Fire Company. Also responding were units from Carroll County and Franklin County, as well as Pennsylvania State Police and Adams Electric.
There were no injuries to any of the responders, thanks to good training and safe practices on the fireground.
Responding units included nine fire engines, five fire truck/towers, four engine tankers, one rescue truck, two utility/service vehicles, two ambulances, and numerous fire police vehicles.
Apparatus from York Springs and Penn Township in York County were transferred to the Gettysburg Fire Department as standby units in case another call came out during the incident.