3 People Hospitalized As Crews Battle Fire In North Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was just after 8 a.m. when emergency responders were called to a three-story house fire, along North 23rd Street in North Philadelphia. The home had several apartments inside.

Firefighters had to rescue at least one person from an apartment inside.

A total of three people were injured and taken to the hospital.

At one point during the intense fire, firefighters were forced to evacuate the home.

Authorities say the roof started to collapse.

The fire burned for about an hour-and-a-half and was put under control around 9:30 a.m.

The homeowner describe the damage to the home as a total loss.

“Another cold morning, another busy morning for the Philadelphia Fire Department and another incredible job by our firefighters and medics rescuing some folks,” said Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel.

The cause of the house fire is still being investigated. The homeowner believes a heater was placed too close to a mattress, and may have caused the blaze.

The homeowner says she has insurance.

Tenants who rented apartments are being helped by the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

The three people injured in the fire are said to be doing OK.

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