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Fire displaces 3 families in Pa.

April 01, 2007

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - One family lost its home and two others were displaced for the night after a Friday night fire destroyed a mobile home in Greene Township, said Mark Trace, chief of the Franklin Volunteer Fire Co.

The fire was called in at 12:23 a.m. at a mobile home park at 2004 Philadelphia Ave., Lot 14. Trace said there was one resident in the home who smelled smoke and found the kitchen on fire. The person, whose name Trace did not have, escaped through a back door.

The cause of the fire was an electrical malfunction, Trace said. The heat from the blaze was intense enough to melt the skirting and blow out the windows of an adjacent trailer, Trace said.

Three electrical meters on a pole behind the trailer also were destroyed, Trace said. The people from the destroyed trailer, the one next to it and another that lost power spent the night in hotel rooms, he said.

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Firefighters from the Pleasant Hall, West End Shippensburg and Fayetteville fire companies assisted at the scene, along with the Letterkenny Fire Department, the Franklin County Air Unit and an ambulance from Chambersburg, Trace said.

The last firefighters left the scene about 3:30 a.m.

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