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Fire damages Plymouth apartment building

March 28. 2013 11:43PM

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PLYMOUTH — A fire damaged a five-unit apartment building in the borough Thursday night and one person was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Plymouth Hose Co. No. 1 Chief Jerry Bolesta said a first-floor resident of the building at the corner of Academy and Shawnee streets woke up to smoke and flames in another room.

Everyone made it out of the building safely, and the resident, whose name was not given, was taken to the hospital for an examination, he said. The man appeared to be unharmed, Bolesta said.

“He took in some smoke,” said the chief. “They took him to get checked out, (but) he was alert and awake and alert. Everything was OK.”

Flames destroyed part of the apartment unit’s rear corner. The other apartment units were undamaged, Bolesta said.

Dozens of neighbors flocked around the site. Charles Schrader, who lives in the building, leaned up against an adjacent garage with only a jacket over his chest. His knees were shaking. Before emergency crews arrived, said Schrader, he tried breaking down the door and smashed a window on the side of the house to let out smoke.

Responders originally thought the resident was trapped in the building, but later found he hadgone outside to stand in the street with the rest of the onlookers.

Hanover Township and Plymouth borough firefighters responded to the blaze around 7 p.m. The cause of the fire is undetermined and a state police fire marshal had been called to investigate, Bolesta said.

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