Displaced seniors recall frightening scene of Orange apartment complex fire

ORANGE The scene Monday outside The Palmyra senior apartments was very different than the one 24 hours before.

Sunday afternoon, a fire broke out in a unit , causing about 70 seniors to flee the smoke-filled, two-story building. About 100 firefighters arrived to put out the blaze and rescue residents — about 15 of them from their balconies.

“There were fire trucks all down the block on every street all the way down,” resident Ken Reed said, as he stood in front of the apartment complex on Glassell Street and Palmyra Avenue. The building has about 50 apartments for those 62 and older.

The fire trucks and ambulances were gone, but the smell of smoke lingered as a couple dozen residents returned to collect clothes and items like medications that they’d need for the next few days.

It wasn’t clear how many days the residents would be displaced, but some said they…

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