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Pineford fire displaces eight residents

Posted 10/25/13

Two related fires in the Village of Pineford in Middletown damaged three town houses and displaced eight residents, Middletown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ken Whitebread has confirmed.

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Pineford fire displaces eight residents

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There were no injuries as a result of the fire, Whitebread said. The eight residents – all foreign exchange students at Penn State Harrisburg – are being assisted by Pineford management and university staff, he said.

The department was dispatched at 3:53 a.m. for the first fire at 1601 Pineford Drive, which was determined by Middletown fire marshals to be caused by lint in a dryer. The dryer was removed, and fire marshals remained on the scene until 6 a.m., Whitebread said.

At 7:13 a.m., the department was called back out to the scene for reports of a smoke condition. “Upon my arrival, I had a working fire,” Whitebread said.

The second fire was controlled by 8 a.m., but not before it caused “extensive” damage to 1601 Pineford Drive and spread to neighboring 1600 and 1602 Pineford Drive, which suffered “moderate” damage, he said.

Borough fire marshals determined that the second fire was caused by remaining lint in a tube behind a wall, Whitebread said. The fire department had knocked down a portion of the wall after the first fire, and did not notice any remaining issues, he said.

“We didn’t see anything, we didn’t smell anything, there was no smoke coming out or anything like that,” he said. 

Elizabethtown, Londonderry, Lower Swatara, Highspire, Steelton, Air 41, Hummelstown, Hershey, Progress and Swatara Twp. fire departments and South Central EMS also responded to the second fire, he said.