Disclaimer: The city initially announced that 13 people, including seven children, passed away in the fire. However, on Wednesday evening, a spokeswoman for Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney updated the numbers to 12 deceased, including eight children.
Death touched the city of Philadelphia early Wednesday morning. Authorities say at least 12 people, including eight children, died in a fire that ripped through an apartment building. Emergency personnel also transported two people, an adult and a child, to hospitals to be treated for serious injuries. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, firefighters and police arrived on scene at 6:40 a.m. local time but the building was already engulfed in flames. Firefighters reportedly spent about 50 minutes getting the blaze under control.
“This is without a doubt one of the most tragic days in our city’s history, the loss of so many people in such a tragic way,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said on the verge of tears. “Please keep all these folks, and especially these children, in your prayers. Losing so many kids is just devastating.”
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“The only thing that was slowing that fire down from moving was…nothing was slowing that fire down,” Deputy Craig said.
Deputy Craig seemed overcome with emotion as he explained the severity of the situation.
“It was terrible. I’ve been around for 35 years now and this is probably one of the worst fires I have ever been to,” Deputy Craig said.
There’s no clear word on what caused the fire, but investigators are looking into the possibility of a Christmas tree. This is a developing story.
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