A two-alarm fire that all but destroyed a vacant York Township house over the weekend is still under investigation.

Chief Brian Bastinelli of Goodwill Fire Co. in the township, said about 50 percent of a newer addition attached to an older farm house in the 2300 block of Springwood Road was destroyed Saturday.

"It (the fire) didn't get into the (original) part of the house," he said.

York Area Regional Police and a state police fire marshal are investigating the cause of the fire.

A cost estimate of damage was not available Sunday.

Fire: Firefighters were originally dispatched to the 600 block of Chestnut Hill Road for a barn fire just after 11 a.m., but a fire official soon found that the blaze was actually at nearby Springwood Road, Bastinelli said.

With the correct location, firefighters arrived on scene to find much of the addition, which contained living space and a garage, alight.

"I'd say about 40 percent of the (addition) was fully involved," the chief said.

Crews attempted to battle the blaze inside the house but were pushed back by flames, leaving them to attack the fire from the outside, including from a ladder truck, Bastinelli said.

Firefighters were eventually able to get back inside.

A long, narrow driveway leads to the property from Springwood Road, and firefighters were only able to get a few pieces of apparatus back to the scene.

About halfway through fighting the fire, Bastinelli said, he learned the house was slated to be torn down.


The house, he added, has been vacant for two to three years and, at one point, was a rental property.

"It's going to be torn down in a week," he said. "They're not going to rebuild it."

No injuries was reported in the fire.

Unique: The fire happened about two hours before a parade, part of the 101st annual Firefighters Association of York County convention, stepped off in Red Lion.

Goodwill and Leo Fire Co. in Red Lion were jointly hosting the yearly gathering, but because of the blaze none of Goodwill's front line trucks took part in the parade, Bastinelli said.

"Most of the people at the fire was supposed to be at the parade," he said.

It also meant that a number of fire departments that don't normally fight fires in York Township were indeed fighting a fire there Saturday.

For example, firefighters from Liverpool (Perry County) and Maryland were manning Leo's station when the call came in, and they were dispatched to the scene, Bastinelli said.

"We had a good amount of firefighters that never worked together working together, and it went really well," the chief said.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.