Residents displaced by fire; 2 pets perish

ROCK HALL — Two dogs perished in a fire at the mobile home community on Circle Park Drive here Sunday morning.

The occupants of the mobile home, who were away at the time, are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

The alarm sounded at about 5:30 a.m. Oct. 8 for a structure fire in the 5600-block of Circle Park Drive.

A neighbor reported the fire, which was brought under control in 35 minutes, according to investigators.

Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company was the primary responder.

According to a post on the RHVFC Facebook page, Engine 72 and Rock Hall Police Chief Bill Dempsey were first on the scene. They reported heavy smoke coming from the structure.

“Crews made forcible entry and conducted an offensive interior attack on the fire,” according to the Facebook post.

The state fire marshal’s office reported that 15 volunteer firefighters were on the scene.

In a text message, Dempsey told The Evening Enterprise that he attempted to enter the structure to save the dogs “but the smoke and heat were too intense.”

Access to Circle Park Drive is off of Boundary Avenue, which was shut down while apparatus was staged.

The fire originated in a rear bedroom closet.

According to a news release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, loss is estimated to be $30,000 to the structure and $10,000 to contents.

The cause is under investigation.

Anyone who has information about the fire is asked to call the fire marshal’s Upper Eastern Regional Office at 410-822-7609. 



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