30 Displaced, Firefighter Injured In Bensalem Apartment Complex Blaze

BENSALEM, Pa., (CBS) — The American Red Cross is helping dozens of residents displaced by a fast-moving apartment fire in Bensalem, Bucks County.

A firefighter was injured battling this blaze on the 300 block of Thunder Circle.

David Dinardi found himself standing a mere 500 feet away from an apartment fire that spread quickly. He was able to capture this cell phone video of flames pouring from the rooftop.

“It billowed over the top. Went through the roof and then jumped and spread through the top, went up to the roof and spread to the roofs quickly,” he said.

The blaze began inside one of the units at the Thunder Hollow Apartment Complex.

Several fire departments tackled the fire from every angle.

“The fire started in one of the units on the outside and extended up into the roof area and spread down the roof on 12 of the apartments,” Chief Ron Harris of Nottingham Fire Department said.

In total, 16 apartments were affected and as many as 30 residents now find themselves displaced on a bitter cold winter night.

“Our biggest concern is all those residents we have now are displaced because of the fire. We couldn’t ask for a worst time for somebody to be out of their apartment,” Lt. Karl Mascia of Bensalem Police Department aid.

The Red Cross is currently assisting any resident still in need. Meantime, one firefighter was injured battling this fire. We still do not know the extent of his injuries.

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