Electrical problem suspected for fire in 2 homes

A fire that destroyed a Shippensburg area home and damaged a
neighboring house early Monday apparently was caused by an electrical

Michael Rugh, a state police fire marshal, said Thursday that the
investigation is ongoing, but it appears an electrical malfunction in an
exterior wall caused the fire at 62 Rustic Drive in Southampton

Officials have said the fire apparently started on the porch of one home and spread to the house next door.

The American Red Cross was helping four adults and a child who lived in the homes.

A firefighter was treated at a hospital for minor injuries sustained while battling the flames.

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