Jan. 11--When firefighters arrived at the scene of the two-alarm row home fire in the 400 block of Walnut Street around midnight, there was an adult male and a four-year-old child on the roof, York Fire/Rescue Services Chief David Michaels said.
Smoke detectors alerted them to the fire in 439 Walnut Street, but the pair was on an upper floor, Michaels said. Flames and smoke kept them from being able to go down and out of the home. They climbed to the roof, and by the time firefighters arrived, a neighbor was helping get a ladder to them, Michaels said.
The fire was immediately called out as a second alarm.
The girl was taken to Hershey Medical Center, and Michaels said he believed it was primarily as a precaution for smoke inhalation. She did not suffer any burns and was conscious and alert at the scene, he added.
The fire affected the two row homes on either side of the one that caught fire.
Michaels said a cause and damage estimate have not been determined at this time. A fire marshal is on the way.
While fire damage affected the main unit, the two on either side suffered water and smoke damage, Michaels said. Some walls also had to be broken down.
In all, 11 adults and four children were displaced in the three units, Michaels said.
One dog is dead, three cats are missing and some exotic spiders have not been accounted for, he added.
The fire was dispatched just before midnight Friday and crews were wrapping up by 2 a.m.
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