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One dead, 19 displaced in Littlestown fire

Written by Staff Report/Hanover Evening Sun | Feb 22, 2016 4:38 AM
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Cary Wireman waits across the street from his apartment on South Queen Street in Littlestown. Wireman said he was grateful for the assistance from the Red Cross, which had given residents enough money for temporary food and assistance.(Photo: Clare Becker, The Evening Sun)

(Littlestown) -- One man was found dead and 19 were displaced after a fire broke out in apartment units in Littlestown Borough last night, the Adams County Coroner's Office confirmed.

Walter Thrift III, 55, was found dead at the scene of the fire that ripped through several apartments late Sunday night, Chief Deputy Coroner Francis Dutrow said Sunday morning. An autopsy will be done later this week to determine the cause of death, Dutrow said.

The fire, which spread to eight apartment units on the 100 block of South Queen Street, was initially called in at 11:43 p.m., according to 911 and the Red Cross.

Early Sunday morning, the Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Chapter was assisting 19 who were displaced from the fire, according to a news release.

Displaced resident Cary Wireman waited outside of his apartment Sunday to get back inside to retrieve his cat, who was okay but wouldn't leave at the time of the fire.

Wireman, who had been a resident of the apartment complex for six years, was asleep when the fire occurred and a neighbor pounded on his door, waking him up. There didn't appear to be any smoke damage in his apartment but the upstairs sustained some water damage, he said.

The power was turned off in the building, Wireman said late Sunday morning, and residents needed to wait for the electrician to arrive and clear the building before they were allowed to go back in and collect their belongings. In the meantime, Wireman was able to secure a Gettysburg motel to stay in for Sunday night.

He was grateful for the Red Cross, which had given residents enough money for temporary food and assistance, he said.

Gettysburg Fire Department, Southeastern Adams Volunteer Emergency Services and United Hook and Ladder were among the departments who responded to the scene, Adams County 911 confirmed.

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