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Kensington Fire

(Local 22 recording secretary Mike Bresnan (left) and union spokesman Frank Keel (holding picture) show photo to reporters at City Hall.) (credit: KYW's Mike DeNardo.)

Firefighters Union: Photos Show No Collapse Zone Around Fatal Kensington Warehouse Fire

The city has said a collapse zone was established at the site of the fatal fire, but at a City Hall news conference on Thursday, leaders of Firefighters Local 22 said their photographs indicate otherwise.

05/31/2012

(Following an event today at City Hall involving Philadelphia's sports teams, above, Mayor Nutter commented on the firefighters' union call for fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers' resignation.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Nutter Defends Ayers as Firefighters’ Union Demands Commissioner’s Resignation

Firefighters’ Union Local 22 contends that Ayers and his two top deputies were guilty of incompetence and indifference, and should resign or be suspended.

05/23/2012

(US Sen. Bob Casey, partially obscured at left, listens as Diane Neary, widow of Philadelphia firefighter Robert Neary, speaks at 30th Street Station in West Philadelphia.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Local Officials and Fireman’s Widow Call For More Federal Funds For Firefighters

“You need to follow and make sure these funds are not delegated for anything other than to stop these brownouts, to support our firemen,” said Diane Neary, whose husband Robert was killed in a warehouse fire last month in Kensington.

05/07/2012

(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.

05/02/2012

(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.

04/27/2012

(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.

04/20/2012

(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.

04/19/2012

(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.

04/17/2012

(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.

04/17/2012

firefighters neary and sweeney

Neighbors Remember Fallen Firefighters At Candlelight Vigil In Kensington

Hundreds of neighbors held a community vigil in Kensington on Sunday evening to honor the memory of two Philadelphia firefighters who were killed in a devastating warehouse fire on Monday.

04/15/2012

2 firefighters killed in inferno

Wakes Held Today For 2 Firefighters Killed In Kensington Fire

Local 22 President Bill Gault says the funerals will be massive. “I expect about 2,000 to 3,000 firefighters from across the United States and Canada here and probably two hundred to three hundred pieces of apparatus.”

04/13/2012

Property

I-Team: Kensington Warehouse Owners Owe City Hundreds Of Thousands In Back Real Estate Taxes

The CBS 3 I-Team has learned the owners of the abandoned warehouse at the center of a fire that killed two Philadelphia firefighters own dozens of other properties across the city and owe the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in back real estate taxes.

04/10/2012

(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.

04/10/2012

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.

04/10/2012

Mayor Michael Nutter speaks with Dray Clark and Erika von Tiehl about the two firefighters who did in a Kensington warehouse fire.

Nutter: Firefighter Deaths Terrible Loss For City, Fire Dept., Families

Appearing on Eyewitness News on the CW-Philly, this morning, Nutter said the city will continue to pursue all possible legal action against the property owners, including “outstanding taxes, where the owners are, what they’re doing — their failure to respond to at least three violation notices that we sent. We know that they received them.”

04/10/2012

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