The fire was dispatched by Adams County 911 Center at 2:54 a.m. First units were on the scene at 3:02 a.m. Residents awoke to the smell of smoke and called the fire department. A search for the source of the odor of smoke led firefighters to a fire in the attic of the residence over the bathroom. The fire was contained, and the structure sustained minimal overall damage. Last units cleared the scene at 4:50 a.m.
Units responding from Gettysburg Fire Department included Engine 1-2, Truck 1, Rescue 1, Duty Officer 1, and Traffic 1. GFD received mutual aid assistance from three other fire companies: Arendtsville, Barlow, and Biglerville. Adams Regional EMS was also on scene. There were no injuries to any responders.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but is believed to be caused by a possible short in an electrical wire in the attic space above the ceiling in the bathroom. The short tripped the circuit breaker, but not before the surrounding insulation and wood began to smolder. Damage was contained to the bathroom and ceiling above. While the residence will not be suitable for occupation until repairs can be made, firefighters were successful in saving the remainder of the structure, including residents’ possessions. The Red Cross is assisting the family with temporary housing.
Smoke detectors were present in the home but were not operational. Gettysburg Fire Department reminds everyone that if a fire occurs in your home, get out, stay out, and call 911 for help. Be sure to install smoke alarms on every level of your home, especially inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test your smoke alarms once a month and, if they’re not working, change the batteries. If you need assistance with smoke detectors, GFD can help. Talk with all household members, especially children, about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.