19 displaced, one injured in Montco fire

Posted: January 07, 2014

The cause of a two-alarm fire in Norristown over the weekend that damaged seven homes, displaced 19 residents, and left a boy hospitalized from injuries suffered when he jumped from a third-floor window remains unknown, fire officials said.

The fire erupted about 2:30 p.m. Saturday on the 200 block of East Minor Street. The injured boy, believed to be from the home where the fire started, was transported to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with unspecified injuries, according to the Norristown Fire Department.

A second alarm was called at 3:20 p.m. as firefighters struggled to battle the blaze that extended to six additional homes in freezing temperatures and snow-covered terrain.

Numerous fire companies from Montgomery County assisted, and the blaze was placed under control at 5 p.m. North Penn Goodwill and SEPTA provided relief for firefighters operating on the scene, officials said.

The Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross was aiding the 19 displaced residents with food, clothing, and winter apparel, according to agency spokesman David Schrader. He said one family had a place to stay but the other six families affected were provided with emergency lodging.

sabdur-rahman@phillynews.com @sabdurr

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