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Report: Avalon Oaks Fire Started by Gas Grill

According to New England Cable News, the fire that destroyed an entire apartment building on Avalon Drive was started by a second story gas grill.

According to New England Cable News, the four-alarm fire that has left dozens of Avalon Oaks residents homeless was caused by a gas grill on a second story porch.

Fire Chief Ed Bradbury confirmed the information to the news station on Friday night. Fire crews are likely to be working through the night as they overhaul the building and monitor to make sure no further flames kick up.

"Right now, it's a pretty good idea we had some involvement of a gas grill on the second floor balcony," Bradbury told NECN.

The fire broke out at about 4 p.m. in the midst of the blizzard that is still coming down in Wilmington. The snowy conditions made it difficult for crews fighting the flames, but Lt. John Brown confirmed to Patch on Friday night that no one was injured during the fire.

Red Cross Communications Manager Ashley Studley told Patch that while it's unclear exactly how many residents were displaced by the fire, they have put up 10 adults and 3 children at a hotel for the weekend. They will meet with families after the weekend to assess what their needs are.

Check back with Wilmington Patch for more details as they become available.

joe February 25, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Ok Avalon we will see you in court and news soon!
Resident February 27, 2013 at 02:57 AM
I am a resident at this property. My apartment was involved in this and I did lose everything. I have been reading all the comments on this page, and shame on all of you who are sitting here talking badly about Avalon. I was to make it known, Avalon did everything in their power to assist all of us. Some people wanted things that were outrageous, and for that Avalon has to draw the line somewhere. What other property do you know of that would have opened their club house so that the residents could stay warm during the blizzard as their apartment was burning? The red cross came in they were great. They assisted everyone with shelter at a local hotel in Tewksbury. I also want to make it known that AVALON.... not the red cross, AVALON paid to feed all of the residents, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the whole time the residents were at the hotel. Did they have to do that? ABSOLUTELY NOT! In most cases, the landlord would have just been like sorry, bye. They were MORE then helpful during this situation. As for the condition of the building, it was hard to tell how bad it was from the outside. They had no idea by looking no one could. The FIRE CHIEF is the one who says okay, people can go in and get things, or no they can not. We were only allowed 5-10 minutes because the building is/was UNSAFE! It can literally collapse at anytime. Would you want to be in there when that happened? And last but not least, they accommodated everyone with NEW apartments in record time!
bianca March 01, 2013 at 02:47 PM
REALLY??? They did not accommodate me with an apartment! And because I was able to recover MY chairs from the apartment they basically told me they will bring a bulldozer to push those in the woods! How mean was that??? I have pictures to prove that they did not even plow the roads to the building and I have a movie to prove how mean they were with some of the residents. SHAME ON YOU, AVALON OAKS!! The people affected by the fire deserved more than pushing their belongings into the woods. I did not expect an apartment from them but I did expect some respect!
Stacie March 01, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Bianca, I feel so bad for everyone at Avalon especially those who lost everything. I have heard so many stories about Avalon it's not right. If your still looking for housing, there is another apartment complex in Wilmington on West Street and some brand new ones being built on Route 38/Burlington Ave. Good Luck to you : )
bianca March 01, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Thanks Stacie! I have found an apartment and we are actually moving this coming weekend. Thank you for your email and most important, thank you for understanding!

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