Philadelphia Housing Authority: 13 Dead, Including 9 Children

13 people are feared dead, following the Fairmount row home fire of Philadelphia Housing Authority.

However, the number of dead is still “dynamic” and could change as the recovery effort continues inside the second floor of the Duplex in the 800 block of N23rd Street. 

The early morning blaze left most people in a mixed state of shock, anger, and depression.

“One of the worst fires I have ever been to” – Craig Murphy, Deputy Philadelphia Fire Commissioner.

Television news footage displays ladders propped up against the smoke-blackened front of the house. All the windows were missing.

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Few Highlights Philadelphia Apartment :

  • Firefighters discovered the heavy fire on the 2nd floor of the three-story house located in the Fairmount neighborhood at around 6:38 a.m.
  • The fire started at the kitchen area at the front of the second-floor apartment and quickly spread up an open stairwell to the third floor.
  • 13 dead, including 9 children. It was hard to slow that fire down.
  • 8 people were evacuated from the building. In addition, a child is transported to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, while another person is taken to the Temple University Hospital.
  • A 36-year oilman was taken to hospital with second-degree burns to his legs. His condition is serious.
  • The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) owns the three-story row house where 4 smoke detectors with 10-year batteries were discovered, but not operating.
  • More than 26 people were living at the property.
  • The investigation of the case of the fire remains ongoing.


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