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York man escapes from burning mobile home; laptop may have caused fire

Fire destroyed this home on Sutton Spring Road in York Monday night.
Fire destroyed this home on Sutton Spring Road in York Monday night. courtesy of WSOC-TV

A York man escaped from a burning mobile home early Tuesday morning after waking up in a smoke-filled bedroom, a York County fire investigator said.

The double-wide mobile home at 668 Sutton Springs Road was destroyed in the blaze, reported to 911 at 12:25 a.m. Tuesday, said Lou Jarvis, an investigator with the York County Department of Fire Safety.

The cause of the fire is listed as undetermined, Jarvis said, because there are two possible causes. The resident smoked a cigarette before going to sleep Monday night, he said, and a plugged-in laptop also was in the area where the fire began.

“I couldn’t rule out either one of them as a cause of the fire,” he said.

The resident “was able to get himself out,” said Jarvis. “He was lucky he woke up.”

The man ran next door to the home of his parents, where his father called 911, Jarvis said, then the man tried to go back into the home, but the smoke was too thick.

Laptops can cause a fire if they’re left plugged in and sitting on a soft surface, such as bedding, Jarvis said.

“The batteries can explode,” he said.

Firefighters from the York and Sharon fire departments put out the fire.

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