Fire destroys Derry Township home


Fire destroys Dauphin County Home in just 30 minutes. Firefighters can be seen on site attempting to extinguish the flames. (Leah Wilhelm/ The Broadcaster)

Leah Wilhelm, Reporter

A Derry Township home was engulfed in flames on Monday night, April 17th. The 6,000 square foot residence had flames emerging from all sides of the building and was fully engulfed in only 30 minutes. 

Luckily, there were no injuries, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Five different fire companies were called to the scene, and some returned on Tuesday April 18th to douse spots. 

The first company arrived at the site, located on the 200 block of Dunham Drive at 9:02. The harsh winds that night also made it particularly difficult for these companies to extinguish the flames, and posed a potential threat for nearby residents. 

“We want to watch the embers on top of rooftops or anything like that. So, we started that fire watch to make sure that none of that extended down into the residential area,” said David Sassaman Hershey Fire Department Public Information Officer. 

The flames were extinguished at approximately 11:02 pm, but the fire crews remained on the site hours after in case a spot was in need of dousing.