2010-12-16 / Local & State

3-Alarm Philly-Area Fire Leaves 2 Dozen Homeless

POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Authorities in suburban Philadelphia say a threealarm fire at an apartment complex has left occupants of two dozen units homeless.

Officials say the blaze broke out at about 6 p.m. Saturday in a building at the Wexford Apartments in Pottstown in Montgomery County. The flames burned out of control for more than an hour before firefighters managed to contain them. No injuries were reported.

The southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross says occupants of 24 units were displaced, and a shelter was briefly opened at a nearby elementary school.

Spokesman Dave Schrader says the organization put up 22 people from nine of the units at a hotel overnight, while residents of the other units found other places to stay. Schrader said later Sunday that a total of 30 people from a dozen families have now received money for clothes, food and lodging for at least three days.

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