Lightning strike causes early morning fire

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Hanover Borough, Pa.-- We're following breaking news out of York County where firefighters are on the scene of a house fire in Hanover Borough.

Jan Cromer, the Fire Chief of Hanover Borough and Penn Township, says it started around 2:30 Wednesday morning at a house along the 200 block of East Middle Street.

Chief Cromer says their preliminary investigation shows the house was struck by lightning which caused the fire to break out.

He said when they arrived they found bricks and other pieces of debris laying along side the house which he says is a good indicator that lightning played a role.

The structure is divided into four separate apartments.

The homeowner and another tenant were home at the time, however, both were able to get out safely.

Chief Cromer says the fire started in the second floor apartment and most of the damage is contained to the back, roof area.

He does not believe this is a total loss.

As of 4:30 a.m. the fire was under control and crews were wrapping up their overhaul process.