Person badly burned after house explodes, catches fire in Penn Twp


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHP) - York County dispatch has confirmed a house explosion and fire in Penn Township, York County.

According to Hanover Area Fire Rescue Chief Anthony Clousher, one person was badly burned. Emergency medical services (EMS) treated the victim, then transferred him to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. Clousher has no word on the man's current condition.

The Red Cross is currently at the scene assisting eight displaced persons.

Crews are investigating the cause of the explosion.

The house was a four-unit building. Gas and electric have been turned off in a two-unit building behind the house, but the fire did not affect the two-unit building.

Clousher deemed the building a total loss, due to compromised structural stability.

Baltimore Street is expected to be closed most of the evening, so Columbia Gas can dig up the street and shut the building's gas off.

Incident Timeline:

1:51 pm: House fire at 605 Baltimore St., Penn Township reported

  • Quickly escalted to 4th alarm fire
  • Reports of explosion
  • Reports of 1 person on fire

1:57 pm: 1 burn patient reported

2:01 pm: Power lines down

2:02 pm: Rec Cross called to the scene

  • Medical helicopter lands to take burn patient

2:45 pm: Fire knocked down

WHP crews are headed to the scene, and will update this story as details become available.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off