A dog died in a Tuesday afternoon house fire at 8778 Stottlemyer Road in Washington Township, Pa.
One dog was found alive in the fenced area behind the house, while another was found dead in the home, Waynesboro Assistant Fire Chief Mark Dale said at the scene.
No one was home when the 3:45 p.m. fire started, and a neighbor called 911 to report seeing smoke, Dale said.
Firefighters shut down Stottlemyer Road as they took hoses into the brick house.
Washington Township police were investigating the cause of the fire. Dale said the first crews on the scene saw smoke coming from the eaves.
“The hose line team found a fire in the kitchen mainly,” he said.
Firefighters primarily contained the fire to the kitchen and living room, Dale said.
Heat from the fire melted the home’s smoke detectors.
The assistant fire chief said he planned to contact the American Red Cross of the Cumberland Valley to assist the home’s one occupant, whose name he did not immediately know.
Fire departments at the scene included Waynesboro, Blue Ridge Summit, Mont Alto and Fountaindale from Pennsylvania as well as Leitersburg and Smithsburg from Maryland.
— Jennifer Fitch