July 31, 2020

On Thursday, July 30th at approximately 7:20 p.m., the North Coventry Township Police Department responded along with the Norco Fire Company for an active structure fire at the Ashwood Apartments located in the 700 block of Worth Boulevard. The fire had spread throughout the complex with heavy smoke coming from the building. The police along with firefighters evacuated the residents from inside of the building. Thirty area Fire Departments and several Emergency Medical Service units from Chester, Berks, Montgomery and Delaware Counties assisted the Norco Fire Company in fighting the fire. After several hours the fire was deemed under control. Four residents and three fire fighters were transported from the scene by Goodwill Ambulance to area hospitals for treatment of unknown injuries sustained during the fire. The apartment residents were transported by buses from the Owen J. Roberts School District to the Norco Fire Company where they were assisted by the American Red Cross. Fire Marshals from the Chester County, Pennsylvania State Police, and ATF responded to assist in the fire investigation. At this time, the investigation is ongoing. 

Unfortunately, all the residents of Ashwood Apartments, approximately 150 residents of the North Coventry Township community, were displaced by the fire. The American Red Cross and Salvation Army are mobilized and actively assisting in the delivery of immediately needed resources to residents. Several people have contacted the Township regarding ways in which they can help. 

Donations – The Norco Fire Company has established a drop off site for donations located at 144 W. Schuylkill Road. Donation requests include gift cards in small denominations, toiletries and hygiene products such as toothpaste, deodorant, diapers, soap, diapers, as well as wash cloths and towels, baby formula, ready to go meals and packaged food, water, beverages, new clothes and shoes. These items are short term critical needs. Items needed for residents to re-establish long term living arrangements are best suited by using gift cards and cash donations. The transition involved for these residents requires resources for transportation and telecommunications. Many residents will need fuel and cell phones to aid in the restoration of their lives. Norco Fire Company is organizing the distribution of goods to those residents affected and administering resource requests.

Monetary Assistance – It is recommended to offer financial assistance in providing gift cards. Cash donations are being accepted by the Norco Fire Department in person only.

Volunteering – If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Norco Fire Company at 610-323-3263. 

On behalf of the North Coventry Township Board of Supervisors, we extend our deep appreciation and gratitude to all emergency responders and volunteers for their heroic actions in battling the fire. Additionally, we are thankful for the remarkable outpouring of support by the public in responding to the community’s needs. Together we will support our residents – the children, families, and members of our communities affected by this tragedy through mutual cooperation, compassion, and resolve.