’13 dead including several children’ in fire that tore through two apartments in Philadelphia townhouse
- The fire was reported at 6.38am on Wednesday on North 23rd Street in Philadelphia, less than two miles north of Rittenhouse Square in the city center
- FOX 29 cites Philadelphia Fire Department sources who say kids are among the dead
- The fire began in an apartment that is fitted with smoke detectors but ripped through another
- A mother and a child are believed to have survived and are in the hospital in a stable but serious condition
- The cause of the fire or identities of the victims remain unknown
- Firefighters took 50 minutes to control the flames
Thirteen people are feared dead and more injured in a fire that tore through two apartments in a townhouse in Philadelphia at dawn on Wednesday.
The blaze was reported at 6.38am in the 800 block of North 23rd Street in the Fairmount neighborhood of the city, a residential street where rowhomes are divided into apartments.
Firefighters took 50 minutes to subdue the flames but they remain at the scene.
FOX 29 in Philadelphia reports 13 people are dead including ‘several’ children.
The property is on north 23rd street in the Fairmont neighborhood of the city. The building where the fire occurred comprises of two apartments and the blaze is understood to have started at around 6.40am on Wednesday
One survivor is a 36-year-old man who is in the hospital with second degree burns to his legs. A mother and child are also believed to have escaped and are in the hospital.
The building where the fire occurred comprises of two apartments and the blaze is understood to have started on the second floor of the three-story building at 6am.
It is then believed to have spread to the third floor.
The cause of the fire and ages or identities of the victims remains unconfirmed.
The Philadelphia Fire Department have not yet confirmed how many are dead or injured.
FOX 29 reporter Steve Keeley cites fire department sources who said the apartments had working smoke detectors.