A kitchen fire Saturday in a third-floor unit forced the evacuation of Penns Crossing Apartments in Spring Township, officials reported. Fire crews responded at 12:35 p.m. to a report of smoke in an apartment at 1400 W. Wyomissing Court. Troy Hatt, township deputy fire marshal, said a small kitchen fire was extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system.
“The important thing,” Hatt said, “is that the sprinkler system worked.” Occupants of the complex, which has one- and two-bedroom units occupied by tenants 62 years or older, were allowed back into their apartments in late afternoon, Hatt said. The sprinkler and alarm systems had to be reset before occupants could return to the building off Route 724 between Sinking Spring and Lincoln Park. There was no significant fire damage, Hatt said, but some apartments sustained water damage. Construction crews were on site Saturday evening. Township authorities were assisted by fire and rescue units from surrounding municipalities.