Nine people were displaced by a two-alarm fire Thursday that gutted a two-story home in Exeter Township, fire officials said.
The blaze was discovered in the kitchen of 34 Limekiln Road, between Friedensburg Road and Old State Road in the Five Points area, about 10:30 a.m. by one of the residents, said Sgt. David Bentz, a township policeman who also serves as assistant township fire marshal.
The five adults and four children who reside in the home got out safely before fire crews arrived, Bentz said.
An 11-year-old girl suffered mild smoke inhalation, however, when she tried to re-enter the home to retrieve one of the dogs.
The girl was taken by ambulance to a Reading Hospital where she was treated and released, Bentz said.
All pets eventually made it to safety, he said.
The township fire department was assisted by numerous fire companies that supplied tankers to haul water to the scene. Crews needed about an hour to control the flames.
A state police fire marshal assisted in the investigation. The cause wasn’t immediately available.
Damage was estimated at $200,000. It’s unclear if the home can be rebuilt, Bentz said.
The owner of the home was identified as Justin Bridges, who resides there.
The scene of a two-alarm house fire in Exeter Township has been turned over to the township fire marshal for investigation.