UPDATE: Firefighter Injured in Apartment Building Fire
Six apartments affected and nine people displaced.
A Bensalem firefighter was injured and six apartments were damaged from a blaze in the Salem Harbour complex off State Road this afternoon.
The fire was reported at 12:43 p.m. and the township’s career firefighters were the first on scene, according to Public Safety Director Fred Harran. The fire was in one of the complex's many buildings located at High Road and Harbour Drive.
Battalion Chief Robert Sponheimer of the Bensalem Township Fire Rescue Department arrived on location and reported heavy fire showing from a first floor sub level apartment of Building 449.
Engine 222 aggressively knocked the fire down in the hallway and then encountered heavy fire conditions in Apartment A-2, a release stated.
When Bensalem Patch arrived around 1 p.m., smoke was still showing and several windows and doorways were charred and burned out.
During the course of extinguishing the fire an explosion occurred which caused the fire to spread and injured a member of the Bensalem Fire Rescue Department (second-degree burns to left-hand).
“It appears some maintenance workers were using chemicals that ignited in the fire and injured a firefighter,” Harran said at the scene. “We’ll know more when the fire investigation is completed.”
The fire was placed under control at 13:11 hours. Fire Investigators from Bensalem Township Fire and Police Departments determined a contractor accidentally caused the fire.
There were six apartments affected by the fire, one was completely destroyed and the others suffered smoke, water and heat damage. Nine people were displaced by the fire and were assisted by the Red Cross.
The township’s six volunteer companies – Union, Eddington, Trevose, Cornwells and Newport and Nottingham – responded to the fire as well as some others from outside the township including the Croydon Fire Company.