A Cumberland Township home was damaged Tuesday night in a two-alarm fire that broke out shortly before 9 p.m.

The fire started in an attached garage at the home at 23 Vista Larga Drive, off Herr's Ridge Road north of Gettysburg, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage is still being investigated, though the fire did spread to part of the house containing bedrooms on the second floor and the dining room and kitchen on the first floor, said John Eline, the public information officer for Gettysburg Fire Department.

Bundled in a coat and watching firefighters work on the flames still coming from the garage, homeowner Kathy Miller said she was inside the house with her husband, Kelly, and their son, Kyle, a ninth-grader at Delone Catholic High School, when the fire started.

Firefighters battle the fire that damaged a home on Vista Large Drive north of Gettysburg Tuesday night.
Firefighters battle the fire that damaged a home on Vista Large Drive north of Gettysburg Tuesday night. (THE EVENING SUN BRETT BERWAGER )

They had been relaxing and their son was doing homework when smoke alarms sounded against the quiet night.

They heard the voice alarm of the smoke detector go off, loudly saying, "Get out of the house now."

"It saved us," Kathy Miller said.

The family ran out, saw flames coming from the garage and went across the street to their neighbor's house to call 911.

A group of their neighbors stood with the family on a cold, wet lawn, providing comfort as several fire companies worked for about an hour to get the fire under control.

"Our neighbors are wonderful," Kathy Miller said, adding that the family had a place to stay while the damage to their home is assessed.

So far on Tuesday night, they knew they had lost three cars in the fire, Kathy Miller said.

"But we're all safe," she added with relief.

Despite the breezy night, the fire crews had no complications controlling the fire, Eline said.

Along with Gettysburg, the responding crews included Cashtown, Biglerville, Arendtsville, York Springs, Bonneauville, United Hook and Ladder Company No. 33 and Taneytown.

The American Red Cross and WellSpan Health EMS were also on the scene.

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