5-Alarm Blaze at Vacant Factory Spread to Other Buildings
TWO FIREFIGHTERS WERE KILLED AND THREE MORE Injured Monday morning at a large fire that started in a vacant factory building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 6-story brick factory was discovered burning at 3:15 am and before it was brought under control, it spread throughout two full blocks and destroyed at least four other buildings and damaged as many as six homes.
The doomed firefighters were at a furniture store/warehouse that had been set alight by burning embers from the original fire. While the crew from Ladder 10 were working inside the structure, the rear wall collapsed on them. The three injured FF's were rescued by the R.I.T. and taken to the hospital. Fire Commissioner Lloy Ayers made this brief announcement from the scene:
The fire was marked under control around 5:30 am but the tragic event took place about a half-hour after that time.
Channel 6 News has some fire footage in this video report:
Update: Victims identified.
The two firefighters who perished in this morning's fire have been identified as Lt. Robert Neary and FF Daniel Sweeney, both of Ladder 10.
PhillyFireNews has more details plus their usual, excellent photo gallery of the fire taken by their own photographers HERE.
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