SHARON HILL, Pa. (CBS) — A fast-moving fire destroyed five homes in Delaware County Monday.READ MORE: 5 People Shot Near Temple University, Philadelphia Police Say
The fire started shortly before 10 a.m. in the 1500 block of Roosevelt Drive in Sharon Hill.
According to fire officials, the fire started inside a row home and spread to several neighboring homes.
When firefighters arrived, they encountered heavy smoke and flames billowing from the homes.
The frigid temperatures and the intensity of the fire were a major hindrance for the firefighters. Firefighters were eventually able to bring the blaze under control, but not before it destroyed five homes. The Red Cross says at least nine people have been displaced.
Alan McCall, whos home was destroyed in the blaze, says, “My house is gone.”READ MORE: PPA Adding Patrols To Monitor Illegally Parked Cars In Bike Lanes Amid Growing Number Of Bicyclists Killed In Philly
Luckily, his son was already in school when the fire began. He says, “My wife and I were not in there and we’re glad to be alive because that stuff can be replaced.”
Two firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the blaze. There were no immediate reports of any injuries to residents.
Chief Tyrone Andrew Fitzgerald says,”We just have a lot of loss of heart because families have lost their homes, it’s the holidays.”
Yolanda Badgett’s home sustained smoke damage. She says, “I’m spazzing out. I’m very, very shocked. I don’t even know what to do.”
The Red Cross was at the scene assisting those who were displaced. Anyone impacted is urged to go to the Darby Township Community Center at the corner of Sharon Road and Hook Drive.
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