Dozens dis­placed af­ter fire

Glenside News - - FRONT PAGE - By Linda Finarelli

A fRur-alarP fire aW WKe 1600 CKurcK 5RaG cRnGRPLnLuPs Ln CKelWenKaP TRwn­sKLS FrLGay nLJKW GLsSlaceG an es­WLPaWeG 75 WR 100 SeRSle, ac­cRrGLnJ WR APerL­can 5eG CrRss sSRNesPan Dave Schrader.

Schrader said Mon­day he was told the en­tire 55-unit B build­ing in the four-build­ing com­plex was unLnKaELWaEle, Gue WR fire anG waWer GaPaJe. TKLrWy-seven faPLlLes anG a WRWal Rf 47 SeRSle KaG Eeen JLven fi­nancLal as­sLsWance frRP WKe 5eG CrRss fRr ePerJency neeGs lLNe fRRG, clRWKLnJ, sKelWer, PeGLcLne anG WRLleWrLes as Rf SunGay nLJKW, Ke saLG.

NLne WKLrG-flRRr unLWs Ln EuLlGLnJ B were se­verely GaPaJeG Rr GesWrRyeG Ey WKe fire, anG Pany RWKer unLWs KaG fire, waWer anG sPRNe GaPaJe, CKelWenKaP FLre MarsKal -RseSK O’NeLll saLG Ln Sress re­lease TuesGay. He cRn­firPeG WKe EuLlGLnJ, WKe larJesW Ln WKe 166-unLW cRPSlex, was un­in­hab­it­able and was be­ing eval­u­ated by a struc­tural en­gi­neer to as­sess its in­tegrity.

TKe fire, calleG Ln aW 9:23 S.P. OcW. 5, RrLJL­naWeG Ln a WKLrG-flRRr unLW wKen a San Rf RLl Rn a sWRveWRS cauJKW Rn fire, wKLcK WKen sSreaG WR the cab­i­nets in the kitchen and the res­i­dent left anG calleG 911, O’NeLll saLG. An enJLne frRP WKe Glen­sLGe FLre CRPSany was aW WKe scene wLWKLn sLx PLnuWes Rf WKe call, EuW WKe fire was al­reaGy “well-in­volved” in the kitchen and had spread to the com­mon wood cockloft above ceil­ings in the unLW, WKe LnWerLRr EuLlGLnJ cRr­rLGRr anG aGMa­cenW aSarWPenWs, Ke saLG.

“Ad­di­tional alarms were sub­se­quently re­questeG as cRnGLWLRns GeWerLRraWeG,” O’NeLll saLG, JRing to four alarms be­fore it was un­der con­trol. 5es­LGenWs were evac­uaWeG WKrRuJK WKe sWaLr­wells, WKRuJK sRPe, Ln­cluGLnJ sev­eral Ln wKeel­cKaLrs, were trapped and had to be res­cued over lad­ders.

FLve SeRSle KaG WR Ee res­cueG frRP WKe B EuLlGLnJ, wKere WKe fire ErRNe RuW, Glen­sLGe FLre CRPSany CKLef -Re SWucNerW saLG aW WKe scene SaWurGay PRrnLnJ.

“We had to res­cue some off bal­conies in the EacN Rf WKe EuLlGLnJ,” SWucNerW saLG. In­sLGe,

Fire de­stroyed nine con­dos and dam­aged the en­tire B build­ing at 1600 Church Road Oct. 5.

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