2 Killed, 8 Injured In Olney House Fire

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Two children are dead and four adults and four other children are hurt when flames erupt inside a row home in the 100 block of Sparks Street in Olney just before noon Tuesday.

Investigators say the bodies of a 7-year-old boy and a 9-year-old by were pulled from the home by firefighters after they knocked the blaze down.

Four children ranging in ages from two months to 10 years old were hurt and taken to area hospitals for treatment.

Police and fire officials also say four adults were hurt, two of them suffered burns and are in critical condition at Temple Hospital.

Officials say Engine Company 61, the engine first due to answer the alarm, was out of service for the day due to rotating “brown outs” because of city budget problems.

“Engine 61 was ‘browned-out’ today,” said Lt. Mike Grant of the Philadelphia Fire Department. “Engine 51 took over for them and they got here in good order.”

Investigators are attempting to determine what touched off the fire. The home had no working smoke detectors.

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  • nik

    Hey Mark, yes, smoke detectors are a great aid, however, open firehouses and firefighters contain fires and save lives with quick response times. The commish and mayor twist the facts. No smoke detector will ever crawl through a smoke filled room and pull you to safety.

    • mark stewart

      I agree nik, I really do. But until such time as brownouts are no more and this city wakes up to the fact they are putting lives in danger. We have to make sure our children are protected. By showing them what to do and making sure the smoke alarms are working. The only smoke alarm found in this house was about 30 years old.

  • John Narkin

    Why no mention that the first in company was CLOSED? Afraid to report the truth?

  • Kevin Thompson

    this tradegy could have been prevented if the engine company closest to this house was not BROWNED OUT today!!!, they would have been there within 2 minutes and contained this fire to the first floor and probably saved the children

  • mark stewart

    Please protect your family. CHECK YOUR SMOKE ALARMS NOW!!!
    teach your children what to do in case of fire. http://www.freedomfromfire.com is a good resource to help you and your family.

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