Fire Causes Evacuation At Cherry Hill Mall

Posted: December 17, 1991

A one-alarm fire forced the evacuation of about 300 shoppers from about 25 stores in the Cherry Hill Mall shortly after 9:45 last night.

The fire started in the Christmas Store, a temporary shop that sells ornaments, wreaths and cards, located near the food court in the section of the mall facing Haddonfield Road.

No one was hurt, according to Michael Saraceni, chief of Fire District 5 in Cherry Hill.

The fire did not spread to other stores, but smoke poured into the corridors, and fire officials evacuated people from shops between the food court and the Strawbridge & Clothier store. The remainder of the mall, which has about 192 stores, was not closed. The entire mall, with the possible exception of the Christmas Store, is expected to be open today.

Saraceni said the fire began in the crawl space over the store and was declared under control at 10:45. Neither the cause of the fire nor the extent of the damage it caused has been determined, he said. According to Saraceni, the sprinker system helped to keep the fire from spreading.

A half dozen fire trucks jammed the parking lot outside Strawbridge & Clothier as a cherry picker lifted firefighters to the roof, where they were checking to make sure the fire was completely out. About 70 firefighters from three companies were at the scene.

This was the second recent fire at the Cherry Hill Mall. A minor electrical fire on Oct. 14 caused a temporary evacuation of the Macy's store.

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