Fire Destroys Local Apartment Complex

By Jim Madalinsky

Published 02/08 2014 09:42PM

Updated 02/08 2014 11:42PM

DUBOIS - 10 families are without a home after fire ripped through a local apartment complex Saturday.
The fire started just after noon at a complex along East Park Avenue in DuBois. More than a dozen crews were called in to help battle the blaze, and more than seven hours later, crews were still trying to survey the damage.
“We were sitting watching TV and I heard someone yell get out there's a fire,” Ronald Aljo says.
Aljo lived in the building along East Park Avenue in Dubois with his daughter and two granddaughters
His was one of 10 families displaced by the fire Saturday afternoon.
“The fire extended throughout the entire apartment complex and we've had extensive damage throughout the complex,” DuBois Fire Chief John Emerick says.
Crews worked for more than seven hours to contain the fire, which was mostly in the attic and second floor of the building.
One firefighter was treated for a minor injury and another person suffered from smoke inhalation.
Firefighters say all things considered, they are lucky it wasn't worse.
“Considering the amount of fire we had here and the ice it makes for dangerous conditions,” Emerick says.
The Red Cross set up a temporary shelter at the Dubois Fire Department, and a local church and restaurant brought in food and clothes to help those displaced.
Aljo says he's not sure where he'll turn for a place to stay, but he is thankful to see the community reaching out to help so quickly.
“To see people coming together and offering their help and being willing to help, a lot of them I knew and a lot of them I didn't know and they just were there. When something like this happens and you see so many people coming together to help you, you don't find that in big cities,” Aljo says.
Fire officials say it will be some time before they know what started the fire.

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