Officers mentioned at a information convention later within the morning that there have been 4 smoke detectors within the constructing however that none have been working.
Firefighters and police responded to the hearth at a three-story rowhouse within the metropolis’s Fairmount neighborhood round 6:40 a.m. and located flames coming from the second-floor home windows, hearth officers mentioned. The home had been transformed into two flats, police mentioned.
The hearth was introduced beneath management after lower than an hour. WPVI-TV reported that not less than one baby was seen taken out on a stretcher.
Tv information footage confirmed ladders propped up towards the smoke-blackened entrance of the home, with all its home windows lacking. Holes remained within the roof the place firefighters had damaged by means of.
“I knew a few of these children — I used to see them taking part in on the nook,” mentioned Dannie McGuire, 34, preventing again tears as she and Martin Burgert, 35, stood within the doorway of a house across the nook. They’d lived there for a decade, she mentioned, “and a few of these children have lived right here so long as us.”
“I can’t image how extra folks couldn’t get out — leaping out a window,” she mentioned.
“Dropping so many children is simply devastating,” mentioned Mayor Jim Kenney. “Preserve these infants in your prayers.”