CHESTER >> Fire people were displaced following a two-alarm fire that gutted one row house and damaged two others on either side when flames extended through the common roof area late Wednesday.

“There were no injuries and firefighters did a good job keeping it to the original fire building,” Chester Fire Department Deputy Chief William Rigby said Thursday.

While fire was reported for a building in the 1300 block of Highland Avenue at 11:19 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters arrived to find fire showing from the rear of a two-story, middle-of-the-row house in the 1300 block of Perkins Street.

According to Rigby, no one was home when the fire erupted. A second alarm was called shortly after 11:30 p.m.

Firefighters, under the direction of city Battalion Chief Jon Ley, had the fire under control within 90 minutes. Crews remained on the scene for overhaul until after 2 a.m. Thursday.

“Extension was found on both sides of the original fire building,” Rigby said, noting that one property sustained smoke and water damages, and another sustained primarily smoke damages. The property where the fire originated was gutted.

The cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation by city Police Officer William Swanson, but the fire does not appear suspicious, Rigby said.

Assisting city firefighters were Brookhaven, Parkside, Upland, Aston, Eddystone, Garden City and Claymont fire departments, along with Woodlyn canteen and Crozer-Chester Medical Center EMS.

- Rose Quinn

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