A fire official said the death toll was “dynamic”, indicating that the death toll could change as rescue continues.
According to officials, 18 people live on the 2nd floor of the 3rd floor. Eight more were living on the first floor.
Fire Officer Craig Murphy said “the vast majority of people live in duplexes.”
“Keep these people, especially children, in your prayers. Losing so many children is devastating,” Mayor Kenny said.
Authorities said four smoke detectors were in the building, but nothing worked.
Authorities said eight people were able to leave the house.
Two were taken to hospital. One went to Philadelphia Children’s Hospital and the other to Temple University Hospital.
This is a breaking news update. Below is the previous story
Sources told Action News that 13 people were killed in a house fire in the Firmount section of Philadelphia.
At least two more were injured.
There was no immediate word on the age of the dead. Neighbors say a large number of children lived inside the home.
Neighbor Bill Richards, who has lived in the area for 24 years, exclaimed, “God! God!” Says he heard a woman screaming.
Then he heard the sound of fire trucks and came out.
“It’s very sad,” Richards said. “I can not come around to it.”
Richards talked about a young man who lived in the building.
“It’s a great neighborhood – a different environment. There are single families, many families, apartments, lots of rental houses, but there are single families. I’ve been here for 24 years. I love the neighborhood,” Richards said.
Video: Raw video from the dangerous fire scene
N. The fire broke out in the 800 block of 23rd Street at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday.
Firefighters arrived from the second floor of the three-story row house to find the flames burning intensely.
The fire department said it took about 50 minutes to bring the fire under control. Several firefighters appeared from the action game and helicopter 6.
Philadelphia police say the house has been converted into two apartments.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. It is not yet known if smoke detectors worked at home.
He saw the stretchers as Lindsay Hull appeared on the news at 7 p.m.
She said her friend lives in the building next to Rohom.
“It’s a house with a lot of kids,” Hull said. “It’s sad.”
Video: Helicopter 6 fire scene
Mayor Jim Kenny was talking to firefighters. Action News reporter Catherine Scott said the mayor collapsed when he heard the news.
Outside the burnt house I could see people crying uncontrollably.
Philadelphia housing officials were also at the scene.
Neighbors told Action News they woke up to the smell of smoke and heard sirens. They looked outside to see the street lined with fire trucks.
A 36-year-old man was taken to hospital with secondary burns on his legs. He was reported to be in critical condition but in stable condition.
“You come out. You think it’s not close. You think it’s never been close,” said Michelle, a neighbor next door.
He told Action News about another fire that broke out before Thanksgiving on the same block.
“Twice,” Michael said. “It’s scary.”
Stay tuned to Action News and 6abc.com as this story unfolds.
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