Fire again hits Canterbury Green

February 13, 2019

Eight apartments at Canterbury Green were evacuated after a fire Tuesday in an upstairs apartment in the 2500 block of Abbey Drive.

One person, a minor, was taken to a hospital because of smoke inhalation and three people were rescued from an upstairs rear balcony, according to Battalion Chief Keith Oberlin for the Fort Wayne Fire Department’s Battalion 13.

Five engines and two ladder trucks were called to the fire around 3:30 p.m. Flames were seen raging from the second-story apartment, Oberlin said.

The cause is under investigation. The apartments near St. Joe and St. Joe Center roads had heavy smoke and fire damage and moderate water damage and “are not livable at this time,” a department report said. The department did not know how many residents were displaced.

Purdue Fort Wayne students Madison Magdziarz and Leah Brubaker live downstairs from the blaze’s origin and were two of about 20 people seeking shelter at the apartment complex’s clubhouse.

The women said someone came pounding on doors to let people know there was a fire and smoke alarms went off.

Brubaker said she had stayed home from school Tuesday and was sleeping when the fire occurred.

“I feel it’s a God thing,” she said as she held a cat carrier containing her two cats who she feels might have perished had she not stayed home.

Tuesday’s fire at the complex, which has about 2,200 units, is the fourth in less than two years.

A year ago, more than a dozen Canterbury Green residents were forced from their apartments in the 5200 block of Stonehedge Boulevard in freezing conditions when an electrical fire damaged about 14 apartments. Firefighters said the blaze started in an area between walls that housed utility lines. In that accidental fire, a portion of the third floor collapsed into the second floor.

In November, 12 people were evacuated and eight to 12 apartments were badly damaged by fire water and smoke.

In August 2017, a blaze blamed on lightning damaged 11 apartments at 2718 Canterbury Blvd. 


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