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Sherman Hills Fire Displaces 57 Residents

May 4, 2019

WILKES-BARRE — An intense fire ripped through a building in the Sherman Hills Apartments Friday afternoon, injuring one person and displacing 57 residents, Fire Chief Jay Delaney said.

Delaney said 10 units sustained fire, smoke or water damage in the blaze at building 316.

Fire crews were dispatched to the property around 12:35 p.m. on the report of a burn victim with people possibly entrapped, the chief said.

“Virtually every single part of the affected fire room burned up,” Delaney said. “The firefighters did an outstanding job in fighting the fire and knocking it down.”

The chief said city code enforcement officials were trying to determine what apartments in the building are habitable, so some of the 57 people could return to the building.

The American Red Cross is assisting those who need housing because of the fire, he said.

“We’re hoping to get many of these units reoccupied,” Delaney said. “It’s very difficult to ask the American Red Cross to house 57 people.”

The person who suffered burns in the fire was treated and released at the scene, Delaney said.

The fire was ruled accidental, the chief said.

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