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Firefighters respond to call of smoke coming from roof of house in Waynesboro

August 02, 2013

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Firefighters on Friday night responded to a residential area east of Waynesboro for a call of smoke coming from the roof of a house, according to a fire official.

Lt. John Beck of the Waynesboro Fire Department said the situation could have been much worse if a neighbor — who noticed the smoke at 180 Briar Ridge Drive home — had not called authorities so quickly.

“If they had let it go, it would have been much, much worse,” Beck said, commending the neighbor’s actions.

Firefighters found smoldering insulation above the dining-room ceiling in the house, which is being remodeled and is currently vacant, Beck said.

The call for the smoke condition went out about 7:30 p.m., and fire crews had cleared the scene about two hours later.

Units from Leitersburg and Smithsburg were called to assist at the scene shortly after the initial dispatch, but were cleared within about 30 minutes, a Washington County Emergency Services supervisor said.

The cause of the incident remains under investigation by the Washington Township Police Department and Waynesboro fire officials, Beck said.

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— C.J. Lovelace

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