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YORK COUNTY, Pa. – A family of 8 are homeless after fire destroys their East Hopewell Township home. Firefighters responded at about 3:00 pm to the home in the 14900 block Cross Mill Road. Four people were at home when the fire broke out. They escaped without injury, including two family dogs.

EASTHOPE2IMG_20160209_160654515The first crews to arrived reported lots of visible smoke from the basement and the upstairs. Because of the rural location a call was put out for tankers to supply water. The fire began in the basement from clothing too close to a candle.  The upstairs sustained heavy smoke and heat damage.

Damages are estimated at $100,000 to building and content. The cause of the fire was ruled accidental.

The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced family with shelter.