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Heavy Smoke, No Injuries in Heights of Collingswood Fire

A trash chute fire didn't lead to any displaced residents Sunday evening.

A trash chute fire at the apartment complex Sunday caused heavy smoke, but no injuries or displaced residents.

The fire ignited at 6:05 p.m. on the sixth floor.

"Some kids threw trash on fire down the chute," said one sixth-floor resident who declined to give his name.

"The came out and the door to the trash room in the basement was really hot, so that led to this," he said gesturing at the parking lot filled with fire trucks and ambulances from Collingswood, Westmont and Gloucester City.

Fire Chief John Amet said the official cause is still under investigation. 

"No residents were injured, but there was a lot of smoke on the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th floors," Amet said.

Crews vented the building. Any residents who left the building were mostly back inside by 7 p.m. and emergency responders began leaving the scene at 7:15 p.m. 

Anne Carroll November 07, 2011 at 03:14 PM
Whomever owns/manages The Heights has a lot of explaining to do. This is only one of a series of bad things happening there. Before Colls Boro sold this complex, they ought to have thoroughly vetted the purchasor and management company.
Ed McCloskey November 11, 2011 at 08:59 PM
The clock seems to have been turned back to the bad old days of 15 years ago before Collingswood bought this complex because of run down conditions, crime and fires.
Unhappy Colls Resident November 11, 2011 at 10:59 PM
Oh, I thought this was a big source of pride to our real estate developer/mayor. It's right back to the slums that it was before Colls got into the real estate business.
Heightsofcollings Stinks December 15, 2011 at 10:41 PM
I live at the heights of collingswood apartment complex and am appalled at what goes on here(most of which is NOT in the police blotter)!! There are NUMEROUS sex offenders that live in these buildings! WHY ARE THEY HERE?!?!? These apartments are inbetween 2 parks and multiple schools! Many people in these buildings have CHILDREN!

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