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‘Accidental fire’ destroys Charter House facility

Lancaster County deputy fire marshal Skip Hardesty meets with Charter House coordinator Kelli Jones at the site following last week’s fire. Hardesty ruled the fire accidental. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

KILMARNOCK—A New Year’s Eve fire that destroyed the walls and floor of Charter House didn’t destroy the structure’s heart.

“We are more than a building,” said Charter House coordinator Kelli Jones. “We want to get out a message of hope that we’re not going anywhere. We’re committed to having a strong program and we’re going to continue to be here for the people who need us.”

When Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) engine and ladder trucks responded to a 911 call at 4:35 p.m. December 31 at Charter House, 528 South Main Street, Kilmarnock, the rear of the building was fully engulfed, according to Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) director Matthew Smith. About 25 personnel from…

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