WILMINGTON — Three people were displaced Sunday morning when a West Sugartree Street apartment building caught fire.
When the Wilmington Fire Department (WFD) arrived at the scene, the exterior stairs that went up to the building’s second floor at the back were the only thing burning, said Wilmington Fire Chief Andy Mason.
The fire did get into the interior of the building on the second floor, and also into the first floor.
“But we were able to knock it out pretty quick,” Mason said.
At the scene Sunday, the chief said the fire appeared to originate outside the building at the back.
The cause of the fire was undetermined as of Monday morning.
The apartment manager, JohnMichael Spisak, lives across the street. He said he heard “Fire!” and went running outside and grabbed two fire extinguishers, but knew there wasn’t much he could do when he saw there were flames coming out the windows.
“They [the fire department] came and got on it in a very timely manner. Took care of the whole situation. Thank God for the Wilmington Fire Department,” he said Sunday.
Two people lived upstairs, and one person resided in the downstairs, according to Spisak.
Mason on Monday estimated property damage at $20,000.
The Red Cross was on its way to assist the displaced occupants Sunday morning, the chief said at the time.
Providing mutual aid to WFD were the Chester Township Fire and EMS as well as the Port William Fire Department and EMS.
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