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Fire displaces West Chester family

A family has been temporarily displaced following a house fire Thursday night, officials said. The fire started about 8:40 p.m. in the 100 block of Dean Street, according to West Chester Fire Chief Michael Cotter. “I was the first to arrive and I saw smoke coming out of three or four windows of a second floor bedroom,” Cotter said Friday.

The fire was contained to the bedroom, he said. The rest of the house suffered some smoke and water damage, he said. Chester County Chief Fire Marshal Harrison Holt said the fire caused roughly $40,000 in damage. The cause is still under investigation, but is not considered suspicious, he said. “Our crews got in and knocked it out quick,” Cotter said. “They did a great job – the got there quickly … We had it under control within about 10 minutes of getting there.” The house’s residents escaped safely. No injuries were reported. The home will need to undergo restoration before residents can return, Cotter said. The victims went to stay with loved ones, Cotter said. For the full article check out Dailylocal.com!

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West Chester fire leaves 7 homeless

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A family of seven, including three children, is homeless after a fire destroyed a home here early Friday morning. West Chester Fire Chief Mike Cotter said crews were dispatched about 1:20 a.m. to the 500 block of Barnard Street. An engine from Good Will Fire Company was on scene within about one minute, Cotter said.

“As we go there we saw there was fire coming out of almost every window of the house,” Cotter said.
Crews not only had to work to extinguish the flames on the house, but also prevent the fire from spreading to a house next door. When firefighters arrived, the flames were already melting the siding of the home next door, Cotter said. “Their quick response potentially saved that house (next door),” Cotter said.

All family members were able to escape the home safely after one resident discovered a fire in the basement of the home, Cotter said. “Somebody in the family was awake and looked down into the basement and saw fire,” he said. The fire then quickly spread through the older structure, he said, causing roughly $150,000 in damages. No firefighters were injured while assisting at the scene, Cotter said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Agencies assisting the West Chester Fire Department included Goshen Fire Company, West Chester Police Department, Good Fellowship Ambulance, Medic 91 and the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

The Red Cross the four adults and three children by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, winter coats and lodging for a minimum of three days. Red Cross is also assisting with health services for medications. The Red Cross provides the assistance provided free of charge and the assistance is funded entirely by donations. Anyone wishing to help families like this can visit phillyhomefire.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a donation.

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