PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A 3-year-old boy has died and two teenagers are being treated at an area hospital after sustaining severe injuries in a one-alarm fire that broke out in the Germantown section of Philadelphia Saturday afternoon.
Firefighters arrived on the scene in the 500 block of East Herman Street after reports of a row home fire at approximately 2 p.m. Upon arrival, they were met with heavy fire on the first floor along with reports of people trapped on the second floor.
The three victims, who police say are siblings, were taken to Einstein Medical Center to undergo treatment for burns and smoke inhalation. The two teenagers, 16 and 17, are listed in critical condition, according to authorities. The teens will be transported to Temple Burn Center for further treatment. At about 4:15 p.m., Commissioner Lloyd Ayers confirmed the toddler died at Einstein Medical Center from his injuries.
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The blaze was placed under control shortly after 2:30 p.m. An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. However, police said there were no working smoke detectors in the home.
This is the 26th fire death of the year; at this time last year, there were only 17 deaths, according to authorities.
The American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania is assisting three people who were affected by the fire.
Reported by CBSPhilly.com Staff