UNDER FIRE – 4
“The fire is still under investigation. There has not been a ruling on the cause of the fire,” East Cocalico Township Police Sgt. Larry Martin said by phone this afternoon. This past Friday morning, the $2.4 million dollar estate of Nicholas J. and Denise G. Reinhart was demolished by a fast moving fire.
Martin said State Police Fire Marshall Robert Hess was on the scene Friday evening and will determine the cause.
Asked about the family who owns the property, Martin said “there is an ongoing investigation.” He also stated that he believes the house “was being lived in” at the time of the fire.
I will follow up with Fire Marshall Hess tomorrow.
On a small world note, you might remember Martin from the CBS 48 Hours episode on the Roseboro murder. He testified at length during the trial and was interviewed during the TV show.
I particularly remember one telling point during his testimony. Discussing the fact that the police offered Michael Roseboro details about his wife’s death – but Roseboro seemed uninterested – Martin said he found this to be unusual and odd. “If my wife died unexpectedly,” he testified, “I would sure want to know what happened.”
Well, in other news, the city shut down the Brunswick Hotel for safety reasons for months but apparently failed to see that a building in the heart of downtown Lancaster was about to collapse – which it did this morning! Way to go, Mayor Gray!
Please check back tomorrow.