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Crews battle smoky fire at apartment building

Blaze broke out around 6 a.m. at Lower Pottsgrove Township complex

Residents displaced by 2-alarm fire in Lower Pottsgrove

LOWER POTTSGROVE TWP., Pa. - Investigators are still working to determine what sparked a fast-moving fire that left six people without a home.

The fire quickly jumped to two alarms after it broke out around 6:15 a.m. in the 2100 block of Buchert Road in Lower Pottsgrove Township, near Pottstown.

"The whole house was on fire from the bottom of the porch to the top," said Charell Smith, who lives three doors down.

Residents were forced from their homes after the fierce flames engulfed the town home in the Rolling Hills complex.

"It was like sirens and you see all these people come out, and the fire was just everywhere," said Mumin Slaughter, who lives in the neighborhood.

"I ran around the front and flames out the front door everything," said Avery Pearson, who saw the fire.

It was a smoky scene above the neighborhood. Smith and her one-year-old son raced outside and quickly saw the devastation.    

"You could hear stuff booming and breaking," said Smith. "The fire was big you could see the flames everywhere."

Maya Garner's mom went outside to pay her rent when she first saw the fire Monday morning. She called 911 and then alerted the neighborhood.

"She knocked on everyone's door down the road to get them out the house to make sure they were safe," said Garner.

The fire started on the first floor then took off from there. The home is a total loss and the house next door suffered a lot of damage. A damage estimate is at least $150,000, said officials.

"It was prob the biggest fire I had seen up close and personal," said Smith.

No one was injured, but the home was left gutted. An exact cause is being sought by a state police fire marshal.

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