Fire Engulfs Abandoned School Building In North Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Firefighters are currently battling a massive fire that has engulfed an abandoned school building in North Philadelphia.

The fire started at about 1:30 p.m. inside the former Thomas Edison High School building at 7th Street and Lehigh Avenue.

The four-alarm fire swept through the building and smoke could be seen billowing for miles.

“Right now there are no injuries, we did have to make evacuations on the 8th Street side of the building of about 25 people,” said Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers.

Eyewitnesses report seeing people going in and out of the building in recent weeks.

Jim Osman reports…

All of the residents that were evacuated have since been allowed back into their homes.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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  • James Smart, class of June 1948

    It’s the old Northeast High School, erected 1908, architecht Lloyd Titus, on the National Register of Historic Buildings

    • Jeanette Thomas

      Thank you, James, for reminding them about Northeast’s history. I remember you well. Glad you’re still around. Are you on Facebook too? It’s too sad that this had to happen.

    • Anonymous

      Jeanette, I’m not making a big deal of it, but, it’s good to have the correct facts. I think it should have been kept up and declared a Historical Landmark. It was once a beautiful building and it certainly has lots of good memories associated with it. It is truly a tragedy to see such a great loss of property.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t that the old Edison High School building?

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