First responders were called out in Manchester in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 27 for a structure fire along U.S. Route 52, just before Moyer’s Winery.
The alarm went off at 2:09 a.m. after a passing driver had seen the fire in the woods and called 911. The first firefighters arrived on scene at 2:15 a.m. to find the small A-frame cabin fully engulfed in flames.
No entry was attempted as the structure was already completely in flames. Nine firefighters worked to contain the fire to just the house, while Monroe Township was called out to assist with supplying water. Approximately 12,000 to 14,000 gallons of water were used to extinguish the fire with first responders remaining on scene until 5:30 a.m. to ensure the fire would not rekindle.
The fire crews stated that they were unsure of the exact address or owner of the property. The cabin was still under construction, and had remained vacant for a number of years. As such, no electric lines reached the cabin. The Fire Marshal has been contacted to investigate the fire.
Further investigation has found the house to be located at 4108 U.S. Route 52, and is currently owned by the National Bank of Adams County. National Bank stated that they have owned the property for three and a half years, having acquired it through foreclosure, and it has been listed as being for sale the entire time.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation as the circumstances surrounding the fire are suspicious, considering its vacancy and the lack of electricity.
Paul Hannah is a content provider for The People’s Defender. He can be reached at (937) 544-2391.