Two fires in York County displaced a total of six people and kept York Area United firefighters busy much of the day on Sunday.

One of the fires destroyed a pole building that housed an apartment in Manchester Township, and the other severely damaged a Spring Garden Township home.

Firefighters were sent to the Spring Garden Township fire in the 500 block of Hillcrest Road about 2:30 a.m. and doused flames.

But the fire caused $30,000 in damage and is still under investigation by a state police fire marshal, said Battalion Chief John Woods of York Area United Fire & Rescue.

Four adults who lived in the home were displaced and are being aided by the Red Cross with food, clothing and a place to stay, according to a news release from the Red Cross.

Crews remained at the scene until about noon as the marshal investigated the blaze.

Second fire: The second fire department firefighters fought on Sunday broke out at the Manchester Township building about 4:40 p.m., Woods said.

Responding firefighters attempted to battle the blaze inside the building in the 1300 block of Mill Creek Road but were ordered out because of unstable structural conditions, the chief said.

"We pulled everyone out for the safety of the firemen," he said, adding crews fought the fire from the outside.

The second floor of the 40-by-75-foot building had been converted into an apartment, and two people were living in it until they build a home nearby, Woods said.


The two adults were displaced and the Red Cross assisted them, according to the organization.

About 60 firefighters fought the flames. Despite their efforts, the building was a total loss, with damage estimated at $250,000, Woods said.

"Those guys really busted their butts," Woods said. "We tried but we just couldn't save it."

Crews left the scene about 10 p.m., he said.

The fire started in a furnace room and has been ruled accidental, Woods said.

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