Montgomery County detectives and fire investigators sifted yesterday afternoon (Sept. 20, 2008) through the remnants, rubble and ashes of a multiple-alarm fire that destroyed three apartment buildings Friday night in downtown Pottstown PA. Sanatoga firefighters were among those from more than a dozen area departments called to assist in extinguishing the blaze.
Pottstown Fire Police reported investigators were on the scene Saturday at about 2 p.m. in the 500 block of High Street in Pottstown, attempting to determine the fire’s origin. Sustaining damage were 534, 538, and 540 High St., all only a short walk east of the Pottstown Public Library. A total of 47 people occupying apartments in at least two of those buildings were left homeless, according to The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper.
The fire’s billowing black smoke could be seen at least five miles away Friday night at about 6 p.m. by motorists traveling west on U.S. Route 422.