Crews battle house fire on Timothy Lane in Ephrata Tuesday morning

By on June 5, 2019

A family of five was displaced after a fire burned through the top of a house in Ephrata on Tuesday morning.

The fire was reported at 817 Timothy Lane, near Tuckson Avenue, at 10:49 a.m. Nearly two dozen emergency units were on scene.

“Heavy fire” was reported showing through the roof.

Ephrata Police Chief William Harvey said that firefighters got it under control within less than half an hour.

He added that it appears to have started in the attic, but the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal was called to the scene to investigate.

A family of five lives in the home. The homeowner was inside, and a neighbor came by to say they saw smoke, Harvey said. The homeowner got out of the house before fire crews arrived.

The fire caused heat damage on the neighboring house, including melting the siding from the house.

Chief Harvey said that the biggest concern was a large propane tank that was on the side of the home, where debris was falling.

Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company and multiple mutual companies responded.

An adjacent building experienced some melting from the heat. Harvey said they expect to find that the fire started in the attic, but the cause is under investigation.

Pioneer Fire Company Chief Mike Kiefer was not available for comments at this time.

This story was compiled using material reported by LancasterOnline.


(all photos were taken on the scene by Missi Mortimer)



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