Wind helps fire spread at Pequea Township apartments

WILLOW STREET, Pa. (WHTM) – Twenty one people are out of their homes after a fire in Lancaster County.

The fire was reported just before 1 p.m. at apartments on Utley Place, which is at the Willow Street Apartments in Pequea Township.

Willow Street Fire Department Chief Jason Topper said the only person hurt was a police officer who was treated for smoke inhalation at Lancaster General Hospital.

Topper said the fire started on a deck on the second level. He explained that heavy winds then pushed the fire back into the roof of the apartment and then helped to carry it to other units.

A total of eight units were damaged in the fire.

Topper told ABC27 News that had it not been for the wind, the damage would have not been as severe.

“On a normal day, light winds or no winds, I feel confident it would have been held to one or maybe two units of the roof,” he said. “I don’t believe it would have extended much further than that with the response we had today.”

A fire marshal is looking into the cause of the fire.

The American Red Cross is helping those who are out of their homes.

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