Fire at Newark student housing complex causes water damage to 36 units

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Dozens of residents were displaced by a fire at a high rise student housing complex behind the Newark Shopping Center, the Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Co. reported.

At 2:36 a.m., Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, Cranston Heights Fire Company, Mill Creek Fire Company – Stations 2&21, and Minquas Fire were dispatched to 1 Easton Court.

Crews arrived to the six-story wood-framed 220 unit high rise structure to find a fire on the 4th floor with the sprinkler system containing the blaze. Firefighters credited the sprinkler system for minimizing what could have been a serious situation.

Thirty six units sustained water damage and building management  assisted displaced students, who are now in other housing including hotels.

No one was injured.

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Newark Delaware Police Department and the Newark Fire Marshal’s Office also responded to the incident.

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