WATCH: Fire rips through Willingboro apartment complex
A three-alarm fire displaced about 50 residents at an Willingboro apartment complex Monday. Chris LaChall/Staff Photographer
WILLINGBORO - A three-alarm fire displaced about 50 residents at an apartment complex here Monday.
Firefighters rescued two tenants and several pets from the 7000 building at Willingboro Square; the fire was reported at 4:15 p.m.
One of the rescued residents and a firefighter were taken to an area hospital, where they were later released, said Deputy Chief Jamie Clark of the Willingboro Fire Department.
“I have no place to sleep tonight,” said resident Leo Aguelo, who watched as firefighters aimed a powerful stream of water at his third-floor apartment.
“I was sleeping and the firefighters woke me up, pounding on the door,” said Aguelo, who fled to safety with only his passport and some important papers.
Firefighters fought a three-alarm blaze that left about 50 people homeless at the Willingboro Square apartment complex.
“I hope the insurance will cover this,” he said, looking sadly at the heavily damaged building.
The building held 24 apartments, two of them vacant, authorities said.
The American Red Cross sent eight disaster responders to the scene, where they helped provide food, clothing and lodging for fire victims, said Laura Steinmetz, spokesperson for the group's New Jersey Region.
Volunteers also distributed "a few stuffed animals," she said.
The Red Cross was continuing to provide assistance Tuesday, Steinmetz said.
Clark said firefighters arrived to find flames reaching from the top floor into the roof area of the three-story building on Millenium Drive. The blaze was brought under control at 5:48 p.m.
“There’s no known cause at this time,” said Clark, noting the blaze is under investigation.
Multiple ladder trucks attacked the smoky fire which stretched across the entire roof of the unit. The blaze drew ladder trucks and other firefighting equipment from surrounding towns, including Mount Laurel and Burlington Township.
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