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Lightning might have sparked fire that displaced two Pa. families

August 12, 2010|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A lightning strike is suspected of having caused a fire Thursday morning that damaged four town houses and displaced two families, Franklin Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Mark Trace said.

The fire was reported at about 5:15 a.m. from 2964 Fillmore Drive in Greene Township, Trace said. When firefighters arrived they found fire in the attic and rear roof area of a row of town houses. The damage was moderate to 2964 and 2966 Fillmore Drive and the Red Cross was helping the families find accommodations, he said.

There were two adults and three children in each of the displaced families, Trace said.

While lightning is believed to be the cause, Trace said the fire was being investigated by a Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal.

Three firefighters had injuries, with two treated at the scene and one taken by ambulance, Trace said. All the injuries were minor, he said.

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The New Franklin, Pleasant Hall and Friendship fire companies assisted at the scene, as did the Letterkenny Fire Department, the West End, CV Hose and Vigilant Hose companies from Shippensburg, Pa., Franklin County Air Unit and ambulances from Chambersburg and Shippensburg, Trace said.

Firefighters were on the scene until 8:50 a.m., he said.

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