Fire in Philadelphia building kills 13, 7 of them children


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Thirteen people, seven of them minors, died this Wednesday when a fire broke out in a three-story building in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, reported firefighters.

Craig Murphy, assistant commissioner of the Philadelphia Fire Department, explained in a press conference that the emergency services received the alert at 6:38 local time and when they arrived at the scene they found an “intense fire”.

A child and an adult were transferred to hospitals, without further information on their condition being available at the moment.

Murphy added that on the site there were four smoke detectors, but none worked. Firefighters say they were last checked in 2019.

I have no words to describe how I feel right now, “he added, after calling this” one of the worst fires “I have ever witnessed.

Authorities are trying to determine the source of the fire. According to a tweet from the fire department, the fire originated on the second floor of the building.

The Philadelphia Fire Department indicates that controlling the fire took about 50 minutes. The scene is still active.

Authorities believe 26 people lived in the building. It is located in a highly populated area, near a university and museums, among other places of interest.

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