A three-alarm house fire in Penn Township sent one firefighter to the hospital and displaced four on Saturday morning.
Hanover Area Fire and Rescue was dispatched to the 500 block of Baer Avenue around 1:27 a.m, according to Chief Tony Clousher. Clousher said first-arriving units could see flames coming from both the west and east ends of the structure.
The dispatch was quickly upgraded to a second, and then almost immediately a third-alarm fire, according to York County 911 dispatchers.
A three-alarm fire in Penn Township on Saturday morning displaced four. One firefighter was taken to Hanover Hospital.
Clousher said units quickly began to put water on the fire, but it initially flared back up and burned for some time. The second floor collapsed, along with the roof of the structure, Clousher said.
Peggy Potter and her three children, ages nine, eight and five, were asleep on the second floor of the house when the fire broke out. Potter woke up to the smell of smoke and grabbed her children to run out of the house, according to Clousher.
Potter’s oldest son, 17, was staying at his grandmothers house at the time of the fire.
Potter was taken to the hospital and is being treated for smoke inhalation, Tess Burgess, Potter’s sister, said.
One firefighter was transported from the scene to Hanover Hospital after suffering a heat stress-related injury, Clousher said. On Saturday morning around 9 a.m., Clousher said the firefighter was almost immediately discharged.
The cause of the fire was not yet determined Saturday morning. The State Police Fire Marshal is investigating the cause, Clousher said.
A GoFundMe page has been setup to raise donations for Potter and her kids.
The GoFundMe has reached more than $1,500 six hours after it was posted. It’s goal is $5,000.
Burgess set up the GoFundMe to help her sister, who “lost everything, even her car.”
“The property is owned by our mother, who’s garage on Brewster St. just burned down a couple months ago,” Burgess said.
In the meantime, Burgess said a lot of Potter’s friends have been reaching out and offering things like sofas, clothes and storage.
“This is a single mother who has suffered a lot of loss,” Burgess added. “When it rains, it pours.”