No Serious Injuries in Cherry Hill Apartment Fire


A fifth-floor fire at The Colonials at Cherry Hill sent one resident to the emergency room for smoke inhalation.

By Matt Skoufalos | October 17, 2017

Firefighters outside The Colonials at Cherry Hill. Credit: Matt Skoufalos.

A late-night fire at a Cherry Hill apartment sent one resident to the hospital for smoke inhalation Monday, as responders from several companies converged on a six-story apartment building on Cooper Landing Road.

The call came in at 11:40 p.m. for a fifth-floor apartment fire at The Colonials at Cherry Hill, said Cherry Hill Fire Chief Thomas Kolbe.

Within three minutes, firefighters were on scene; Kolbe said they were able to stretch a hose from a nearby standpipe and began to knock the fire down.

Nonetheless, the apartment involved was extensively damaged, and two more units, one above and one adjacent to it, were similarly affected.

Cherry Hill firefighters stretch a ladder into a fifth-floor apartment window at The Colonials on Cooper Landing Road. Credit: Matt Skoufalos.

Kolbe said no firefighters were injured in the effort, but the three-alarm fire drew a response from the entirety of the Cherry Hill department as well as its mutual-aid partners in Haddonfield, Haddon Township, Collingswood, Voorhees, Maple Shade, and Evesham.

“They did a great job getting down there and keeping it contained,” the chief said.

Kolbe said the building does not appear to have suffered structural damage.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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