Philadelphia tragedy: 13 killed in house fire
PHILADELPHIA.- Thirteen people died this morning in philadelphia on a fire that affected a three-story house in the Fairmount sector. The firefighters heeded the call and it took 50 minutes to control the fire. Of the deceased, seven were boys.
The authorities and firefighters received a call alerting about the fire at 6.40 (local time). In the place they found a house that had been modified and separated into two apartments, which would be one of the reasons that explain the large number of deaths in the incident. 26 people lived in the place, of which eight were able to escape unscathed, while two were injured. “This is one of the most tragic days in the history of Philadelphia (…) There were so many children …”, said the mayor of philadelphia, jim kenney.
According to preliminary research, the fire started on the second floor of the house, around the kitchen, and it would have extended towards the stairs that connect with the third floor of the place. Philadelphia Fire Department spokesman Craig MurphyHe commented that “in my 35-year career this is the most terrible fire that touched me.”
According to the authorities, in 2019 four smoke detectors had been installed in the house, and the following year it was reinforced with two more. Still, when firefighters arrived at the scene of the tragedy, none of them were working.
As reported by US media such as CNN, the building where the fire occurred belonged to the Philadelphia Housing Authority, and had been legally subdivided into apartments since the 1950s.
Philadelphia firefighters They insisted during the press conference this morning that the death toll is active, as they hope to be able to review the scene completely to rule out an increase in the number of victims. The investigation is also expected to discover the real causes of the tragedy that mourns Philadelphia.