One man was killed and more than a dozen of his neighbors were left homeless by an early-morning blaze that erupted in an apartment building in Morrisville Borough, Bucks County, on March 9, 2024. Morrisville firefighters, along with mutual aid companies, were dispatched to Orchard View Apartments on Plaza Boulevard just after 0530. Heavy fire was venting through the roof of the middle of Building A when Morrisville Chief John Weiss III arrived. Told that a resident was believed to be trapped, Weiss donned his gear, passed command to the next-due chief, and attempted a rescue. Other firefighters from the Morrisville, Falls, Fairless Hills, Levittown 1, Levittown 2, Edgley and Yardley-Makefield soon arrived to back him up. Multiple hoselines were put in service, ground ladders thrown, searches conducted, and adjacent apartments evacuated. The bulk of the fire was quickly knocked down. After the blaze was brought under control, the body of the 28-year-old victim was recovered. Unattended cooking was later blamed for having started the fire in the victim’s second-floor apartment. The Philadelphia chapter of the Red Cross announced assisted 16 people who had been displaced by the fire.

– Fire News photos by Michael Ratcliffe