Cleaners set fires, vamoose varmints, burn down house

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By Kayla Vaughn

Flames destroyed a house off U.S. 521 this weekend after a cleaning crew apparently decided they needed to “smoke out” critters inside by lighting unattended fires at both exterior doors.
Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the house at 1669 Charlotte Highway was an unoccupied, single-family home. It was a total loss.
The blaze began shortly before noon Saturday, and by the time fire crews arrived, the flames had advanced to the point that firefighters couldn’t get inside, Rogers said. Sweltering heat also hampered their efforts.

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