Philadelphia firefighters, remembering two colleagues killed a year ago and a third lost just last weekend, heard from a woman who more than shares their pain.
Philadelphia’s annual remembrance for fallen heroes took on an especially somber tone as the families of two firefighters killed in the line of duty last month laid wreaths at the Living Flame memorial service.
The Kensington warehouse blaze earlier this month that claimed the lives of two Philadelphia firefighters is still having a ripple effect through city government.
The implication from a city statement shortly after the fatal fire was that the warehouse owners were huge tax deadbeats.
Philadelphia fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers says representatives from NIOSH — the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health — are here as part of an ongoing evaluation of dangers that firefighters face.
The city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has filed three new citations on a property at 726 Market Street owned by the Lichtenstein brothers of Brooklyn, NY, who also own the building where two firefighters were killed last week in a huge blaze.
In a statement, the district attorney’s office confirmed that it will submit evidence gathered in the April 9th fire to an investigating grand jury for review and possible charges.
The mayor says he knows the owners of the building in which two firefighters died this month had received three violation notices and never responded.
The early morning blaze on Chancellor Street in West Philadelphia brought the number of fire deaths over the weekend to six, and marked a huge jump in the 2012 fire fatality total.
City Council paid tribute to the fallen firefighters both with a moment of silence and with resolutions honoring their memory.
The Thomas Buck building, where the fire that killed two firefighters on Monday started, is just one of about 25,000 vacant properties in Philadelphia that create safety hazards in neighborhoods.
The fire marshal is probing what started the fire, and aides to the mayor are looking at other properties in the city held by the warehouse owners.
Two Philadelphia firefighters were killed while battling a massive warehouse fire in Kensington early Monday morning. Two other firefighters were injured.
The Phillies honored the two fallen firefighters with a moment of silence before the 2012 season’s home opener.
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