Dozens dis­placed af­ter stove­top fire

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“some were work­ing their way out but had be­come dis­ori­ented.”

Seven peo­ple were sent to the hos­pi­talI two of them fire­fight­ersI for a va­ri­ety of fire and med­i­cal­re­lated rea­sonsI l’Neill said. lne was ad­mit­ted for a med­i­cal­re­lated rea­son and the oth­ers were treated and re­leasedI he said.

Stuck­ert es­ti­mated OM to O5 fire com­pa­nies and NO5 fire­fight­ers re­sponded to the scene of the fireI which took about four hours to ex­tin­guish.

“We had some trou­ble when the roof col­lapsedI” he saidI re­fer­ring to the roof on the left side of build­ing B.

Matthew Pell­griniI an owner of a condo on the first floor of the B build­ingI was on the scene Satur­day morn­ingI hop­ing to find out when he could get back into his condo to get some things and as­sess the dam­age. ee had taken his two cats when he leftI but his pet snake was still inside in an aquar­i­umI he said.

A staff mem­ber at Ar­ca­dia rniver­si­tyI he said he was able to stay in a guest apart­ment cri­day night and was hop­ing his in­sur­ance would pay for a ho­tel un­til he could get back into his unit.

“A good por­tion of the third floor xin his build­ing] was wiped outI and the sec­ond floor had wa­ter dam­ageI and pos­si­bly dam­age from the roofI” when it caved inI he saidI adding he be­lieved “the first floor was heav­ily wa­ter dam­aged.”

qhe fire alarm which sounds in the hall­ways of the build­ing of­ten goes offI so he didn’t go out­side when he first heard itI Pell­grini said; “f didn’t be­lieve it.”

“Peo­ple were out in the lot yelling that it was an ac­tual fireI but about O5 min­utes af­ter it started some were still in­sideI” Pell­grini said.

lnce out­sideI “it looked like xthe fire] was con­tained to one unitI but it kept push­ingI” he said.

B build­ing res­i­dent Sylvia Bar­rettI who was at the scene Satur­day morn­ingI also said the fire alarm goes off a lotI but “f al­ways walk down.”

Not­ing her third-floor unit is next door to one where the win­dows were knocked outI she said she was good friends with her neigh­bor who “was be­side her­selfI” but had left when her daugh­ter came to get her.

Bar­rett said she was able to move her car ini­tially and had spent the night with a cous­inI who heard about the fire and came to get her. She said she would be able to stay with her sis­ter un­til she could get back into her unit.

“qhis is un­be­liev­ableI” she said. “f kept think­ing they would put it out and it would be con­tained to that endI but it kept go­ing on and on.”

All the power and gas had been shut off to the en­tire four-build­ing com­plex and all res­i­dents had been evac­u­at­edI Stuck­ert said Satur­day morn­ing.

By Mon­day morn­ingI it ap­peared that res­i­dents in the other three build­ings had been al­lowed back in their units. Po­lice tape re­mained around the B build­ing.

A VKHOWHU VHW uS IRU WKH fiUH vic­tims by the Red Cross at Chel­tenham eigh School was closed Sun­day night af­ter ev­ery­one had found at least tem­po­rary places to stayI ac­cord­ing to Schrader. A num­ber of those dis­placed were students at Ar­ca­dia rniver­sity and the school KDG KHOSHG finG SODFHV IRU WKHP to stayI he said.

ft was one of the Red Cross South­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia’s largest dis­as­ter re­sponses of the yearI Schrader said. qhe Red Cross pro­vides as­sis­tance free of chargeI made pos­si­ble solely through donors.

A fi­nan­cial do­na­tion may be made by go­ing to RedCrossPhilly.orgI tex­ting REaCRlSS to VMVVVI or by call­ing ON5-OVV-4MMM dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours.

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