BRIDGETON — A propane tank explosion and fire last weekend on the 10th floor of a city housing authority complex forced the evacuation of residents, authorities said Friday.

Battalion Chief Kevin Scarlato said firefighters responded at 6:34 p.m. Saturday to 110 East Commerce St. A fire broke out after the explosion, with visible smoke coming from the building. A second alarm was called, with the Gouldtown, Cedarville and Millville fire departments responding to assist, he said.

Scarlato said the building's fire-suppression sprinkler system activated, knocking down much of the fire. Firefighters then evacuated residents.

Three apartments on the 10th floor were damaged. No cost estimate of the damage was given.

Scarlato said crews were on the scene until 11:23 p.m.

All residents were allowed back into their homes, except those in the affected rooms.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the explosion and fire is under investigation by the city fire inspector.

Contact: 609-272-7286

Twitter @ACPress_LC

Staff Writer

Joined the Press in November 2016. Graduate of Quinnipiac University. Previously worked as a freelance reporter in suburban Philadelphia and news/talk radio producer.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Soon we will no longer integrate with Facebook for story comments. The commenting option is not going away, however, readers will need to register for a FREE site account to continue sharing their thoughts and feedback on stories. If you already have an account (i.e. current subscribers, posting in obituary guestbooks, for submitting community events), you may use that login, otherwise, you will be prompted to create a new account.

Load comments