Crews called to fire at senior apartments

SHARPSVILLE, Pa. (WKBN) – A fire on the fourth floor of a senior housing complex has left dozens of people without a home.

The fire started about 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wade Mertz Towers in Sharpsville on South Mercer Avenue.

The Sharpsville Assistant Chief said the fire took over one entire apartment and left about half the complex unlivable.

Right now, they don’t know if anyone was in that apartment when the fire started, or what caused the fire.

No one was hurt, but people we talked to on the scene say it was chaotic inside.

Apparently it’s not uncommon for the fire alarms to go off, so at first, people didn’t know whether they should actually evacuate the building.

Once they realized what was going on, everyone sprang into action.

“We saw smoke coming down at the north end or south end of the building, filling up the hallway. We went through every apartment and made sure everybody was out on the seventh, and then got people down as we could until the fire department got here and then got the handicapped people down,” said resident Robert Morlan.

Morlan said officials were taking people up floor by floor to get medications out of their apartments, but no one has been told whether they’ll be allowed to spend the night back home just yet.

The American Red Cross is helping folks find places to stay.

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