Multi-alarm fire tears through Montgomery County apartments

"I was shaking the whole time coming down here."

Dan Wing
June 16, 2018 - 6:20 pm

Dan Wing | KYW Newsradio

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- A three-alarm fire tore through a Norristown apartment building Saturday night, leaving dozens of people without a place to call home for at least the night. 

According to officials, the fire broke out just before 3 p.m. in the rear of the Montgomery Mills Apartments along the 7400 block of Kelly Drive, in Norristown.

The blaze ripped through about 20 units, leaving about ten completely destroyed, officials said.

The blaze forced 24 people from the building, and although no one was said to have been injured, many were left very scared.

Joe Kekoanui says he was sent into a panic after his girlfriend called saying she saw heavy smoke in their apartment.

"I said 'just get out.' By the time she ran down the stairs and turned around the back of the building was actually on fire," he explains.

Kekoanui says, when he arrived, his girlfriend was out front in tears as part of the roof had already collapsed.

"I was shaking the whole time coming down here," he said. "Thank God I was only about four minutes away at the point and time. Dealing with traffic and things like that it was pretty scary."

Fire officials say the blaze was placed under control shortly before 5'oclock.

Officials say two firefighters did suffer from minor injuries, but did not give further details.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.