First units were on the scene at 11:27 a.m. The fire began outside the home when some shrubbery on the back side of the home up against the exterior wall caught fire. The fire spread up the outside of the exterior wall into the soffit and the attic space. When firefighters arrived the fire was already showing through the roof. The fire was contained to one area of the home, however smoke and water damage is extensive. The fire was under control at 12:27 p.m. and last units cleared the scene at 1:27 p.m.
Units responding from the all-volunteer Gettysburg Fire Department included Engine 1-2, Truck 1, Service 1, Duty Officer 1, and Traffic 1. GFD received mutual aid assistance from nine other fire companies: Arendtsville, Biglerville, Hampton, Irishtown, Littlestown, Barlow, Heidlersburg, Southeastern Adams, and United Hook & Ladder. Three units from Adams Regional EMS were also on scene. There were no injuries to any responders.
Also present in the home were three dogs and several cats. One of the dogs ran away and was recovered with no injuries by the Adams County SPCA. The other two dogs are safe and remain with the family. The cats, which are indoor/outdoor pets, are yet to be fully accounted for. It is unknown how many were inside the residence when the fire began.
The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental by Incident Commander Bryan Wasylyk, Deputy Chief of Gettysburg Fire Department. While the residence will not be suitable for occupation until repairs can be made, firefighters were successful in saving the remainder of the structure. The Red Cross is assisting the family with their needs.