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(A bugler plays during a memorial ceremony for Philadelphia firefighters killed in action.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Ceremony at One-Year Anniversary of Firefighter Deaths Draws Fresh Emotions

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.


(A "Living Flame" remembrance ceremony in Franklin Square for fallen Philadelphia police and firefighters.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Phila. Firefighters Killed Last Month Honored at Annual Fallen Heroes Ceremony

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.


(Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, center, and other city councilmembers at a hearing on a measure to toughen controls on vacant buildings in the city of Philadelphia.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Plan Tougher Controls On Vacant, Fire-Prone Properties

The Kensington warehouse blaze earlier this month that claimed the lives of two Philadelphia firefighters is still having a ripple effect through city government.


(Two Philadelphia firefighters were killed early on the morning of April 9th while battling a massive warehouse fire in Kensington. Three other firefighters were injured.)

Owners of Warehouse Where Firefighters Died Have Been Making Good On Back Taxes

The implication from a city statement shortly after the fatal fire was that the warehouse owners were huge tax deadbeats.


(The day following the deaths of firefighter Daniel Sweeney and Lt. Robert Neary, Philadelphia fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers wears a black band on his badge as he reviews the department's protocols following the death of a member.   File photo by Michelle  Durham)

Federal Safety Board Gathering Info From Blaze That Killed 2 Firefighters

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.


(A property in the 700 block of Market Street in Philadelphia owned by the Lichtenstein brothers of Brooklyn, NY.  Credit: Ed Fischer)

Owners of Building Where Firefighters Died Cited For Other Phila. Violations

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.


(This warehouse fire on April 9, 2012, killed two firefighters.   File photo)

Grand Jury Will Probe Warehouse Blaze That Killed 2 Philadelphia Firefighters

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.


(Mayor Nutter is joined by other city and Red Cross officials outside a home in West Philadelphia where four people died in a fire early Monday morning.  Credit: Mark Abrams)

A Fuming Mayor Nutter Backs Full Probe Into Blaze That Killed Firefighters

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.



Despite Leap In Fire Deaths, Philadelphia Still Trailing 2011’s Fatality Rate

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.


(Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Standing In Silence, Philadelphia City Council Honors 2 Fallen Firefighters

City Council paid tribute to the fallen firefighters both with a moment of silence and with resolutions honoring their memory.


(The former Gretz Brewery, on Germantown Avenue, is one of about 25,000 abandoned buildings in Philadelphia.  File photo)

With Death of Firefighters, Philadelphia’s Blight Becomes More Urgent Issue

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.


Philadelphia Presses Forward With Probe of Deadly Kensington Warehouse Fire

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.



2 Philadelphia Firefighters Killed In Kensington Warehouse Inferno

Two Philadelphia firefighters were killed while battling a massive warehouse fire in Kensington early Monday morning. Two other firefighters were injured.


(Cole Hamels was the Phillies' starter for Monday's season opener at Citizens Bank Park.  Photo from Comcast Sportsnet)

Momentary Somber Note Leads Off Phillies’ Home Opener

The Phillies honored the two fallen firefighters with a moment of silence before the 2012 season’s home opener.