An early morning fire at a townhouse in Philadelphia 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 fire reported just after 2 a.m. Sunday in the Kensington borough, Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel mentioned at a press conference. Firefighters discovered a “significant” fire originating from the first and second floors of the house, but were able to enter and “mount an aggressive interior attack and search for life”.
“As they got inside, they were able to start putting out the fire. They were able to get their hands on one of the miners inside, and unfortunately it was too late,” Thiel said. The causes of death of the four victims have not yet been determined.
One person was able to escape the fire and was taken to hospital. That person was either in stable condition or may have already been released, according to Thiel.
Authorities believe five people were in the house at the time of the fire. The relations of the victims between them were not revealed by the firefighters.
The incident is still under investigation. Authorities do not know what caused the fire.
“My friends, Philadelphia has a fire problem. And we need your help because fire is everyone’s fight,” Thiel said.
Since January, 21 people had been killed in fires across Philadelphia.in a fire in January, and five others have been killed in fires since then. Thirty-eight people were injured and 312 families – or 758 people – were displaced due to fires. The town’s Red Cross house, which is hosting displaced people, is 95% full, the fire marshal said.
“In addition to the incredible work of our firefighters, our doctors, our paramedics, our dispatchers, our firefighters, we still have an average of seven to eight serious fires every day,” Thiel said. “One of the busiest fire departments in the country.”
He said they were not only responding to incidents, but also installing smoke detectors “continuously” – 4,271 alarms since January 1.
“Yet we still see fires where there are no working smoke alarms,” he said, urging people to call 311 for smoke alarm installations and checks. ‘fire.
“My friends, we are here doing everything we can – 24/7, 365 days a year. We need your help to keep our city safe, to keep our city safe. of our neighbours,” Thiel said.