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