Suspicious Office Fire at Apartment Complex

By Dan Stamm
|  Thursday, Oct 31, 2013  |  Updated 1:53 PM EDT
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Firefighters from various town battle a blaze at a suburban apartment complex.

NBC10 - Katy Zachry

Firefighters from various town battle a blaze at a suburban apartment complex.

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Firefighters rushed to a suburban apartment complex this morning after a "suspicious" fire broke out inside the rental office.

A resident called authorities around 1:30 a.m. after they saw fire coming from the office building at the Colonade Apartments at Township Line and Old York Roads in Abington Township, Pa.

Luckily no one was inside the standalone building at the time. One firefighter, however, suffered minor injuries when a piece of debris fell on him. He was rushed to Abington Hospital where he was treated and released.

Abington Township fire marshal Chris Bors told NBC10’s Katy Zachry that the building, which is also used for storage, appeared to be a total loss.

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None of the nearby high-rise apartment buildings were evacuated as firefighters from 13 different departments including ones from nearby Jenkintown and Cheltenham Townships responded.

"You could smell smoke in our building about 300 feet away, there were flames going up three floors," said resident Michael Walker.

Thick smoke poured from the scene until crews got the blaze under control around 3 a.m.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation as a suspicious fire, according to investigators.

A small-scale apartment fire at the complex last week doesn't appear related, according to authorities.

According to the Colonade's website, there are a variety of apartments available including studios, one-, two- and three-bedrooms.

 


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