A Lower Chanceford Township home was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon, displacing the two people who lived there.

The pair are being assisted by the Red Cross, said Ronnie Miller, chief of the Airville Volunteer Fire Co.

First responders were sent to the home in the 500 block of Norris Road just before noon and arrived to find a large amount of flames coming from the first floor, he said.

"We got there and it was fully involved," Miller said.

Because the two-story farm house is in a rural part of the county that doesn't have fire hydrants, the chief said a second alarm to bring in additional tankers and manpower was quickly struck.

About eight surrounding fire departments, including a few from Lancaster County and Maryland, responded to the scene.

Quick knock down: Crews were able to get the majority of the blaze knocked down in about 15 minutes but it had spread to the second floor of the home, Miller said.

"I'd say it was basically destroyed," he said.

One person was home when the fire started and made it out safely. An estimate of damage was not available Thursday night.

The two adults were renting the home, and it's not known if they had renters insurance.

A fire marshal is investigating what caused the fire, Miller said.

The call for the blaze came in at a time of day when it's very difficult to muster up volunteer firefighters, he said.

Most of them are at work at that time, but despite that, they left their paying jobs to voluntarily fight a fire.


"The volunteers did a very good job knocking it (the fire) down," Miller said.