Massive fire outside Philadelphia

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August 13, 2008 6:51:12 PM PDT
The multi-alarm fire burned for hours.

The fire broke out around 5:00 p.m. at an unoccupied building at the Riverwalk at Millenium apartments, a $51 million upscale apartment complex. The fire spread rapidly and destroyed the building.

The fire spread to occupied buildings. The fire was still burning at 9:00. In all, five buildings were on fire.

Officials said 375 people were displaced

One resident and one firefighter suffered minor injuries.

Montgomery County Public Safety Director Tom Sullivan says everyone has been evacuated. But he says the area is a former industrial region that doesn't have the firefighting infrastructure usually found in residential areas.

He says it did not help that the fire broke out between railroad tracks and a river, making it hard to get to. He says firefighters cut down fences to get access.

At least 20 fire companies are fighting this blaze.


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