Flames Decimate Ashwood Apartments in North Coventry

Liberty Fire Company volunteers from Spring City PA pour water on the flames Thursday at Ashwood Apartments in North Coventry

NORTH COVENTRY PA – Seven people including three firefighters suffered what were reported as non-life-threatening injuries during a Thursday (July 30, 2020) multi-alarm fire that erupted at about 7:20 p.m. at the Ashwood Apartments in the 700 block of Worth Boulevard in North Coventry Township. Dozens of southeastern Pennsylvania fire companies and others responded to the blaze, but it consumed most of the complex.

Its cause remains under investigation by Chester County fire marshals, Pennsylvania State Police, and agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. A determination has not yet been announced.

Chester County officials told 6ABC-TV the fire displaced about 125 people, and that the Red Cross was providing shelter to 15 families. At the North Coventry fire hall, meanwhile, volunteers began assembling clothing, shoes, toiletry products, food, pet supplies and other items donated by area residents to benefit the victims.

Initial reports indicated the fire began at the roof, and several occupants were “trapped inside the building” for a period of time,” according to a Royersford Fire Department blog post. North Coventry police, at their CrimeWatch website, said four apartment residents and three firefighters were among those transported by Goodwill Ambulance “to area hospitals for treatment of unknown injuries sustained during the fire.”

Apartment residents were transported by Owen J. Roberts School District buses to the fire hall so their immediate needs could be met, township officers added.

Over time heavy flames were said to have engulfed the building. Both The Phoenix, Reporter and Item newspaper and 6ABC claimed there were problems with water pressure as volunteers fought against the fire in 90-degree summer evening heat.

Among those assisting the North Coventry Fire Company at the scene, or on mutual aid stand-by at other fire stations, were personnel from the Sanatoga, Ringing Hill, Stowe West End, Spring City Liberty (at top), Boyertown, Perkiomenville, and Trappe fire companies, and the Pottstown and Limerick fire departments.

Photo from Liberty Fire Company in Spring City, via Facebook