Paraplegic Marine Escapes Apartment Fire - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Paraplegic Marine Escapes Apartment Fire



    To escape a fire in Delaware County, a paraplegic veteran maneuvered his wheelchair to the second-floor window of his apartment. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014)

    A paraplegic man who served in the U.S. Marines is recovering but still alive after he managed to escape his apartment during a fire in Delaware County.

    The fire broke out inside a unit at the Buckman Meadow Apartment Complex on the 1000 block of Meadow Lane in Chester around 7:10 p.m.

    Investigators say the blaze began inside the kitchen of a U.S. Marine  confined to a motorized wheelchair. The unidentified man climbed out of the second floor window and then dropped to the ground.

    The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the fall. He was taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center for evaluation. No one else was hurt in the fire.

    The fire was placed under control at 7:26 p.m. The Marine’s unit was the only apartment affected.

    Officials continue to investigate the cause.