(AbsoluteNews.com) – On Wednesday, January 5, a fire broke out at a rowhouse in Philadelphia, PA. Neighbors were awakened by screams as people fled for their lives. When it was all over, more than a dozen people were left dead.
At about 6:40 a.m., the Philadelphia Fire Department responded to the fire at the duplex in the city’s Fairmount neighborhood. According to reports, at least 13 people died in the blaze, including up to 8 children. Twenty-six people lived in the building owned by the Housing Authority. All of the family members in one of the apartments survived.
Firefighters and police responded to the fire in a home on the 800 block of N. 23rd St. at about 6:40 a.m. and found heavy fire coming from the second floor of a three-story rowhouse, according to Fire Department officials. pic.twitter.com/CDzf6TQz1p
— The Philadelphia Inquirer (@PhillyInquirer) January 5, 2022
The fire is being called one of the most deadly residential blazes in both the city and country in recent years. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation but they’re looking into the possibility a child set a Christmas tree on fire.
The city hasn’t officially released the names of the victims. However, Jacuita Purifoy told reporters her three sisters as well as her nieces and nephews are among the victims. She said one of her nephews, age 5, survived the fire and is in the hospital. Mayor Jim Kenney (D) has told the press one child was taken to the hospital but did not survive.
The investigation is ongoing.
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