A fire in an apartment building in Drexel Hill broke out Saturday night.  Just before 9 pm last night, the Upper Darby fire department, along with aid from surrounding departments, was dispatched to Llanerch Place Apartments for a building fire with reported entrapment. Companies arrived at the location with fire showing and several people trapped.

Firefighters were called out to fight the blaze at an apartment building just before 9 p.m. at the Llanerch Place Apartments in the 3200 block of Township Line Road.  Smoke was reportedly coming from the west wing, and there were reports of people trapped.

Luckily the nine people were rescued.  One victim was hospitalized in critical condition.  Three other victims drove themselves to the hospital.  The freezing temperatures added challenges for the firefighters.

“The cold weather plays a major factor in that we’re actually stretching water lines that can freeze. Once you put water on the fire and you have water drain out of the apartment buildings, that can freeze,”

Upper Darby Fire Chief Derrick Sawyer.

Sawyer noted they had to request a truck to put salt down to help prevent people from slipping on the ice.  The cause of this fire remains under investigation.  Thank you to our firefighters for taking care of Delco.