4 dead, including 3 children, in Philadelphia house fire

A morning fire at a Philadelphia row house killed three children and an adult, the city’s fire department said Sunday. Twenty-one people have died in fires in the city since January.

Authorities responded to the single-family home after receiving a call about a reported fire just after 2am Sunday morning in the city’s Kensington neighborhood, Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel he said at a press conference. Firefighters found a fire of “heavy volume” coming from the first and second floors of the house, but managed to get inside and “mounted an aggressive internal attack and searched for life”.

“As they entered, they managed to start putting out the fire. They managed to get their hands on one of the youths and unfortunately it was too late,” Thiel said. The causes of death for the four victims have yet to be determined.

One person managed to escape the fire and was taken to hospital. That person was in stable condition or may have already been released, according to Thiel.

Four people, including three children, were killed in a house fire in Philadelphia on Sunday, April 24, 2022.

CBS Philadelphia

Authorities believe five people were in the house at the time of the fire. The relationships of the victims to each other were not disclosed by the firefighters.

The incident remains under investigation. Authorities do not know what caused the fire.

“Guys, Philadelphia has a fire problem. And we need your help because fire is everyone’s fight,” Thiel said.

Since January, 21 people have died in Philadelphia fires. Twelve people died in a fire in January, and five others have died in fires since. Thirty-eight people were injured and 312 families – or 758 people – were displaced due to fires. The city’s Red Cross House, which receives displaced people, is 95% full, the fire commissioner said.

“In addition to the incredible work of our firefighters, doctors, paramedics, dispatchers, firefighters, we still average seven to eight serious fires every day,” Thiel said. “One of the busiest firefighters in the country.”

He said they are not only responding to incidents, but also installing smoke alarms “non-stop” – 4,271 alarms since Jan.

“However, we are still seeing fires where there are no smoke alarms working,” he said, asking people to call 311 for smoke alarm installations and fire checks.

“Guys, we’re here doing everything we can – 24/7, 365. We need your help to keep our city safe, to keep our neighbors safe,” Thiel said.

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