Fox Chase fire displaces 50 families

Fifty fam­il­ies were dis­placed in a Fox Chase apart­ment build­ing fire on Thursday, but no in­jur­ies were re­por­ted to res­id­ents or fire­fight­ers.

The blaze began at about 3:30 p.m. at the Vil­lages at Pine Val­ley on the 200 block of Ern­est Way, just north of Susque­hanna Road. The first fire­fight­ers at the scene saw flames along the roofline of the four-story build­ing, said Capt. Clif­ford Gil­li­am, a fire de­part­ment spokes­man. The build­ing is part of an act­ive older adult com­munity ad­ja­cent to CORA Ser­vices headquar­ters.

Fire­fight­ers de­clared the flames un­der con­trol at 4:37 p.m. There were nu­mer­ous evacu­ees who were housed ini­tially on SEPTA buses, Gil­li­am said. Many of the af­fected apart­ment units were un­oc­cu­pied at the time. The Amer­ic­an Red Cross as­sisted many evacu­ees at the scene, but no dis­placed res­id­ents re­ques­ted fur­ther help, said Red Cross spokes­man Dave Schrader.

The cause of the fire re­mains un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion. ••

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