Chanceford Township home destroyed in 2-alarm fire

WINDSOR, Pa. (WHTM) – A York County home is a total loss and a second house was heavily damaged by a fire that is under investigation in York County.

No one was in either of the homes near Richmond and Salem Church roads in Chanceford Township when the two-alarm fire started at around 10 a.m. Thursday.

Fire officials said their efforts were hampered by black powder that was exploding when they arrived at the scene.

“We actually had to pull our firefighters back,” New Bridgeville Deputy Fire Chief Terry Snelbaker said. “The homeowner was a reenactor for the Civil War and he had a lot of black powder.”

Troy Southerland lives a little more than a mile away but could clearly hear the explosions.

“I kept hearing explosions go off and I was like, ‘what’s going on?’ ” Southerland said. “They echoed back through the woods and 20 minutes later fire trucks were showing up.”

Firefighters also had trouble getting water to the scene. The homes are located along a dirt lane about a half-mile from the main road.

“It was a very long lane,” Snelbaker said. “Being in a community without hydrants in the area, we had to truck water in and that calls for extra tankers and more personnel and it can be a challenge sometimes.”

The American Red Cross said its volunteers are assisting six adults and three children who were displaced with lodging, food, clothing and comfort kits.

No firefighters were injured.

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