Fire Prompts Evacuations at Retirement Community in Newtown Square


NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Residents were forced to evacuate on Friday night after a fire ripped through a Delaware County retirement community.

It happened just before 9:30 p.m. at the Dunwoody Village Retirement Community located in the 3500 block of West Chester Pike.

Fire officials are still investigating, but said the fire may have been caused by a candle.

It began in one of the property’s “country house cottages,” fire officials said.

Delaware County officials triggered an EMS box, dispatching several ambulance units to the retirement community in the event of evacuations as a precaution following the massive Chester County nursing home blaze.

The fire was contained to that unit, but other residents had to be evacuated due to heavy smoke. The evacuated residents were taken to another part of the property.

No one was injured. The fire was brought under control by 9:50 p.m.