Fire causes major damage to Antrim Township home

Shawn Hardy
Echo Pilot

An Antrim Township home sustained major damage in a two-alarm fire early Sunday evening, April 24, but the one person who was home escaped safely with the family pets.

A Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal investigated on Monday and the cause is believed to be unintentional.

Firefighters were dispatched for a deck on fire at 13244 Whispering Spring Drive, Greencastle, at 5:25 p.m.

A home on Whispering Spring Drive, Greencastle, sustained major damage when a fire that originated on the deck spread to the first and second floors, as well as the attic on Sunday, April 24.

“Crews arrived to a large volume of fire from the back of a two-story dwelling, which had already extended to the first and second floor, as well as the attic,” according to a report from the Rescue Hose Co in Greencastle.

Firefighters used smaller water lines inside the house to open up spaces where fire might be hiding. Meanwhile, other fire companies shuttled water to the scene.

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Greencastle's Rescue Hose Co. received assistance from firefighters from Franklin County, Pa., and Washington County, Md., tackling a two-alarm fire that caused major damage to a home on Whispering Spring Drive in Antrim Township Sunday, April 24.

A second alarm went out after about 30 minutes to bring more firefighters, some from Washington County, Md., to the scene.

The fire was under control at 6:32 p.m., but crews remained at the home until 9:02 p.m. for extensive salvage, overhaul and mop up, the report said.

A fire that started on the deck caused major damage as it spread to the first and second floors and the attic of a home on Whispering Spring Drive, Greencastle, on Sunday, April 24.

About 50 firefighters responded, including Rescue Hose, Marion, Mercersburg, Waynesboro, Mont Alto, and the Franklins in Chambersburg in Pennsylvania, and Clear Spring, Hagerstown, Leitersburg, Long Meadow, Maugansville, Smithsburg, and the Washington County Air and Fireground Rehab units in Maryland.

The Red Cross and several other local organizations are assisting those displaced by the fire.