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Fire Destroys Delaware Apartment Complex, Leaves 100 Homeless

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By Steve Beck, Al Novack

BEAR, Del. (CBS) – Approximately 100 residents have been displaced after a fire destroyed an apartment complex in Delaware early Thursday morning.

The fire started at about 1:45 a.m. at the Brandywine Woods Apartments on Brandywine Avenue in Bear.

When firefighters arrived, they encountered heavy smoke and flames pouring from the apartment complex. By 4 a.m., the fire reached three alarms.

Firefighters rescued several residents who were trapped, but fire officials say everyone made it out of the building safely.

According to fire officials, a firefighter injured his shoulder and a tenant injured an ankle. Both are expected to be OK.

Authorities say over 100 residents have been displaced and approximately two dozens apartments sustained damage.

The Red Cross is at the scene assisting those who are now homeless.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.