COLUMBIA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities found no working smoke alarms in a Lancaster County row home where two people and two dogs died in a fire Saturday.
Columbia Borough Fire Chief Douglas Kemmerly said two people were found in the home’s second floor after the 9:30 a.m. fire. One person died at the scene and the other at a hospital, he said.
The blaze was contained in about 45 minutes. The Red Cross is helping displaced residents while authorities investigate the cause.
“We have found smoke detectors, but they were not working at the time of the fire,” Kemmerly said. “Anytime we lose somebody, it’s a horrible thing.”