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Fire Destroys Lancaster Home

December 2, 2018

A two-alarm fire destroyed this home at 59 Brockelman Road in Lancaster early Saturday morning. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE/SCOTT LAPRADE Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

LANCASTER -- The cause of a two-alarm fire that destroyed a home on Brockelman Road early Saturday morning remains under investigation.

Lancaster Fire Chief Michael Hanson said firefighters received a call for the blaze at 59 Brockelman Road shortly after midnight. When they arrived on scene, the single-family home -- which was unoccupied at the time -- was completely involved.

“The house is a complete loss,” Hanson said.

The home was one of three houses that shares a roughly 2,000-foot driveway off Brockelman Road, according to Hanson. The three houses are occupied by family, he added.

“There’s a mom and dad in one house, and the other house is a son and his wife, and the other house is a son and his wife,” Hanson explained.

“At four-past midnight, we got a 911 call,” the chief said. “The son in the first house heard a loud bang. He looked out his bedroom window and saw his brother’s house on fire.”

Firefighters arrived on scene a few minutes later and went to a second-alarm after finding the home engulfed in flames. The fire is believed to have burned for “a good hour or two” before 911 was called, according to Hanson.

The couple who live at the home were out for the night.

Nearly a dozen cities and towns provided mutual aid to deal with the blaze that was put out after roughly 90 minutes. No firefighters were injured.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation by the state Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Lancaster Police and Fire departments.

“It’s so far gone it’s probably going to be undetermined,” Hanson said.

The cause of the “loud bang” is believed to have been caused by ammunition inside the home, the fire chief added.

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