2-alarm fire forces families from homes

January 15, 1996|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

A two-alarm fire in an Aberdeen apartment complex near Interstate 95 forced eight families from their homes Saturday night, but caused no injuries.

Four families that could not find shelter with relatives were placed in nearby motel rooms by the Red Cross, said Linnea Anderson, a Red Cross spokeswoman.

In all, 11 adults and eight children were displaced by the fire, she said.

The fire began about 10:20 p.m. in a second floor rear apartment and burned through the roof of Woodbrook Apartments in the 300 block Stevens Circle, which is visible from I-95, said Edward C. Budnick, chief of the Aberdeen Volunteer Fire Co. Four fire companies fought the blaze.

Damage was estimated at $85,000 to the three-story, brick-veneer apartments.

The fire might have been started by two children, 11 and 13, who were playing with a cigarette lighter, Chief Budnick said. The state fire marshal's office is investigating, he said.

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