Blaze dam­ages Cherry Hill apart­ments

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

CHERRY HILL — Fire­fight­ers from mul­ti­ple com­pa­nies in the county, along with others from Delaware and Penn­syl­va­nia, re­sponded to a three-alarm fire north of Elk­ton late Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

The fire was first re­ported about 3 p.m. with flames quickly con­sum­ing a three-story apart­ment building at the cor­ner of Cherry Hill and Elk Mills roads. Be­cause of the lack of fire hy­drants, the Tanker Task Force was ac­ti­vated to bring wa­ter to the scene.

Within the first hour, the fire had al­ready de­stroyed the top floor of struc­ture lo­cated at 273 Cherry Hill Road.

An alert sent out shortly be­fore 4 p.m. in­di­cated that a fire­fighter had been burned. How­ever, of­fi­cials at the scene re­ported that ev­ery­one got out of the struc­ture safely, with one res­i­dent emerg­ing from a ground floor apart­ment well af­ter fire­fight­ers ar­rived.

Ac­cord­ing to emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tions, fire­fight­ers ini­tially at­tempted to fight the fire from the in­te­rior of the building but were forced to evac­u­ate as the blaze in­ten­si­fied.

Ac­cord­ing to state and on­line records, the com­plex was built in 1931 and fea­tured seven apart­ments, five of which were twobed­room units. Ac­cord­ing to Apart­ments. com, the com­plex was fully rented.

At the scene, one tenant of a top-floor apart­ment was over­whelmed, fall­ing into the em­brace of a neigh­bor, who was glad she and her dog es­caped.

As of Thurs­day evening, in­for­ma­tion on the cause of the blaze, where it orig­i­nated in the struc­ture and the ex­tent of the dam­age done was un­avail­able.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Lau­ren Dixon, a CCPS LifeSkills teacher, talks with sev­enth-grade stu­dents at Ris­ing Sun Mid­dle School dur­ing a ses­sion in 2015. The pro­gram will in­clude spe­cific in­for­ma­tion on opi­oids for the first time this year.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Flames race through the roof of an apart­ment fire at Cherry Hill and Elk Mills roads north of Elk­ton on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

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