375 people left homeless after blaze near Philly

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (AP) -- Firefighters and investigators have begun sifting through the charred remains of a massive apartment building fire in suburban Philadelphia.

Officials say two buildings at the Riverwalk at Millennium complex along the Schuylkill (SKOO'-kul) River in Conshohocken (kahn-shoh-HAH'-ken) suffered severe damage and will be demolished.

A local official says several hundred residents of the two less-damaged buildings will have to wait until the demolition work is finished within the next day or two before returning home.

Conshohocken Mayor Joe Collins says the partially completed building where the fire started late yesterday afternoon was largely wood framing and masonry and "just went up like a match."

Firefighters have continued to douse hot spots. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

More than 300 firefighters from a 20-mile area battled the eight-alarm blaze.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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