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Three rescued from Chambersburg duplex fire

February 14, 2011
  • Chambersburg, Pa., firefighter Brian Shatzer and Jeremy Rotz of the Franklin Fire Co., give oxygen to two of the cats taken from the scene of a fire at 270 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg, Pa., on Monday. One of the six cats removed from the home survived.
By Roxann Miller/Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Three people were rescued from a duplex fire Monday evening and taken to Chambersburg Hospital, and U.S. 30 was closed in the western portion of the Borough of Chambersburg, fire officials said.

The fire, which was reported at 3:50 p.m., started in 270 Lincoln Way West and spread to 272 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg Emergency Services Chief William FitzGerald said.

A Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal will investigate the blaze, which is believed to have started on a first-floor porch on the back of the structure, FitzGerald said.

Residents were rescued from the second floor, he said.

One of the six cats removed from the home died, and a rabbit survived, FitzGerald said.

FitzGerald said fire officials contacted the Franklin County Chapter of the American Red Cross to assist seven people displaced from the rental building.

One-hundred firefighters using 20 firetrucks attacked the blaze, according to FitzGerald.

— Roxann Miller

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