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EAST BRANDYWINE — A one-alarm fire at a residence by the corner or Hopewell Road and Route 322 in East Brandywine caused “extensive damage” on Monday.
No one was in the home at the time and no one was injured in the blaze, according to Chief John Edwards of the East Brandywine Fire Company.
The call came in at 11:34 a.m. and went to a working fire dispatch, which involved the East Brandywine Fire Company, the Glen Moore Fire Company, the Downingtown Fire Department, the Lionville Fire Company and Medic 93.
When the fire companies arrived on the scene, they treated the call as if someone were inside because of a car located in the driveway.
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“A primary and secondary search were done because we weren’t able to confirm or not confirm if someone was home at the time,” Edwards said. “If there’s a car in the driveway, we operate under the premise that somebody’s home. I know that two people lived at the home.”
The building also served as a place of business for Masterpiece Framing by Nancy Doane.
The fire was on both floors of the building and the cause is under investigation.
The local, county and state fire marshalls were on scene.
“There’s fairly extensive damage,” Edwards said. “The crews did a phenomenal job with the volume of fire that they had, in terms of extinguishing it.”
The building is not a total loss, however, as Edwards believes it can be repaired.
“The restoration company will board up the windows and the holes in the roof,” he said. “This can be rebuilt.”