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Toddler Dead, 2 Teens Injured In Germantown Fire

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.

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  • Mark

    Dear Ms. Lane, did you not READ the story? The explanation you so eagerly desire
    is simple, “NO WORKING SMOKE DETECTORS”, NO ESCAPE PLAN AND ZERO ADULT SUPERVISION. It is not the fireman’s responsibility to save lives. Their responsibility is to put out fire. It is that simple!
    The only lives they are responsible for saving are the poor unfortunate neighbors who have to live next-door to irresponsible firebugs.

    “When death is only seconds away, the police and firemen are just minutes away”.

  • Ms. Lane

    This story is full of holes. The fire department took nine minutes to get to Herman, and addition minutes to get a drop of water on that house. Police arrived first, and were informed about the these year old stool inside. Two out of three fire hydrant did not work. One of the firefighters said himself, their eta was two minutes to that location with or without traffic. So, if you can explain why that little boy is dead to please do. Make me feel safe knowing that in reality I am NOT!

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