CHESTER >> Six adults and six children are homeless, some temporarily, following a three-alarm fire that began in one of four self-contained residences of a building that straddles Remington and White streets in the city’s Sun Village section early Thursday.
No civilian injuries were reported, but an unidentified firefighter was treated at the scene in the 1100 block of Remington for exhaustion, Deputy Commissioner William Rigby of the Chester Fire Department said.
Two of the four residences were occupied when the fire was reported at 12:40 a.m. Thursday.
About 75 firefighters from 10 departments including the city battled the fire, which broke out at 1118 Remington and spread to 1116 Remington, said Rigby, noting that 1118 was gutted and 1116 sustained heavy smoke damages.
The other two residences, which front on White Street at 1117 and 1119, sustained smoke damages, he said.
Firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Jonathan Ley, brought the fire under control at 1:53 a.m. The scene was cleared about 4:30 a.m., following cleanup and overhaul.
“We are very fortunate that all the residents were able to escape this fast-moving fire prior to our arrival,” Rigby said mid-morning Thursday, still going without any sleep from the night before. “Had it not been for their quick actions, there could have been numerous injuries.
On arrival, Rigby recalled, “Heavy fire was showing on the first floor, from front to back.”
According to Rigby, the two adults and four children who reside at 1118 Remington were not at home when the fire started. One of the White Street residences is vacant.
A neighbor is believed to have called 911.
As firefighters arrived at the scene, neighbors indicated that possibly seven people were trapped, though that information was found to be false, according to information posted on the Chester Firefighters Local 1400 Facebook page.
On Remington Street Thursday afternoon, a strong acrid smell hung throughout the neighborhood.
A truck for a restoration and cleaning business, The Right Guy, was parked out in front of the burned out properties.
Calling it “undetermined,” Rigby said an investigation into both the cause and origin of the blaze is ongoing by city police Officer Jeffrey Linowski.
The American Red Cross provided assistance to the routed residents.
Assisting city firefighters were Garden City, Parkside, Brookhaven, Eddystone, Upland, Aston, Middletown, Holmes and Claymont fire departments, along with the Woodlyn canteen, Crozer EMS and Sixth District Fire Police.
“All crews from multiple companies made aggressive attacks on structures preventing any further extensive spread to additional structures in the tight row home neighborhood,” Eddystone Fire Company No. 1 posted on Facebook.