An accidental fire heavily damaged a house in Quarryville and killed the family dog.
The fire broke out sometime before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, at 127 Wheatfield Ct. in the Meadowview development.
"We had numerous calls from neighbors and, when we responded from the station, we could see heavy smoke," said Quarryville Fire Company Deputy Chief Jamie Welk. That led firefighters to call for additional volunteers and equipment from neighboring companies.
Firefighters arrived shortly after the 3:02 p.m. alarm and found the garage engulfed in flames and the fire spreading to the family room above the garage.
Volunteers searched the home and found the family dog. The dog was taken outside, where firefighters and the crew from Wakefield Community Ambulance tried to unsuccessfully to resuscitate it.
The hydrant system in the development provided ample water and volunteers were able to contain the fire to one end of the home. The rest of the house sustained heavy smoke damage.
The home's owner was doing spring cleanup in the back yard. He heard at least one explosion, but thought it was coming from a nearby property. Investigators determine the fire was caused by an electrical problem.
The split level home sustained $100,000 damage, said Deputy Chief Welk. The home's contents sustained $10,000 damage. The home was condemned by the borough's zoning officer.
The home's two occupants are living with family members.
About 60 volunteers from Quarryville, Bart Township, Rawlinsville, Refton, Willow Street, Robert Fulton, and Oxford's Union Fire Company battled the blaze. Wakefield ambulance was on standby at the scene.
There were no injuries.