Sunday, May 22

Seven children among 13 died in a house fire in Philadelphia

Thirteen people died when a fire broke out in a municipal apartment building in Philadelphia in the USA on Wednesday. Seven of them were children.

The fire department spent nearly an hour extinguishing the fire on the second floor of a municipal apartment building in the American city of Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

There was a fire on the second floor of the building when the local fire department arrived at the municipal apartment block in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia. After 50 minutes, the flames were extinguished.

Philadelphia is located in the state of Pennsylvania in the eastern United States.

The fire service confirms that 13 people died in the fire. Seven of them were children. Death rates may change.

Another two people were taken to hospital, one child and one adult.

26 people lived in the apartment block. It is not known how many of them were in the building during the fire, but eight people managed to get out of the building on their own.

The flames were coming out of the windows on the second floor when the fire brigade arrived at the scene.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says it’s a tragic day.

“This is without a doubt one of the most tragic days in the city’s history – the loss of so many people in such a tragic way,” an emotional Kenney told reporters on the spot.

“Pray for the children,” the Philadelphia mayor told reporters. Seven children have so far been confirmed dead in the fire.

Assistant Fire Chief Craig Murphy described the fire as “terrible”.

– I have worked with this for about 35 years, and this is probably one of the worst fires I have been involved in.

Philadelphia Fire Department Craig Murphy was clearly affected by the incident.

According to the local fire service, it is too early to say what caused the fire, but an investigation has been opened.

There must have been four smoke alarms in the building, which is owned by the municipality. These were not triggered by the fire, and there is disagreement about when they were last inspected.

The fire department believes it was in 2020. Dinesh Indala, executive vice president at the Philadelphia Housing Authority, told reporters it was May 2021. Indala also said there were six smoke alarms at the time of the inspection, not four. He could not answer why they were not triggered in the fire.

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