Mapleton Apartment Building Fire

By Christian Heilman

Published 07/17 2014 05:07PM

Updated 07/17 2014 06:15PM

MAPLETON, HUNTINGDON COUNTY – A fire Thursday morning ripped through an apartment building and displaces seven adults and one child.
It happened this morning at an apartment in Mapleton, Huntingdon County. Mapleton is a small town located between Huntingdon and Mount Union.
There is a makeshift meeting place Ronda and her neighbors set up along Main Street this morning as they watched fire burn an apartment building.
Ronda Kelly of Mapleton said, "It's been awhile since we've seen an in-the-borough fire."
For others there like Linda, they were watching their own apartment go up in flames.
Linda Baney, who lives in the apartment, said "I'm nervous about what we're going to do, or a place to stay. I don't know where we're going to stay."
The response from firefighters was fast -- partially because the apartment building is right next to the mapleton fire department, but partially because the small community bands together quickly.
Kelly said, "Today was actually proof you know they actually do all come together and they were all here quick."
The Red Cross said four families in the five apartments are currently homeless, leaving them trying to figure out what's next.
Baney said, "I don't have an idea. I don't have my Medicare anymore, my wallet had money in it."
Lucky Baney who owns the building, said "I'm just grateful that nobody got hurt. Thank the Lord."
Even though they might not be sure of what's ahead, Ronda says the community will be there for them far after the fire trucks pull away.
Kelly said, "I'm sure you know everyone will come together and things will work out."
The state police fire marshal is investigating and the Red Cross is assisting families.

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