A 51-year-old woman died in an apartment fire Saturday morning in Lansdowne.
Margaret McClernan died of smoke and soot inhalation, according to the Delaware County medical examiner. The fire, described as accidental by the medical examiner, destroyed a portion of the three-story apartment building on South Wycombe Avenue.
The blaze started about 5 a.m. on the third floor of the Keystone Apartments, where McClernan lived.
All other residents were safely evacuated and were sheltered at a Red Cross "comfort center" at the Twentieth Century Club.
"I was sleeping when I heard the alarm go off. . . . I thought it was routine," said Jesse Brooks, a National Guard member who has lived in the building for a year. At first, he said, he watched from across the street and nothing much happened, "but then it just got big."