Philadelphia Fire Department
Council president Darrell Clarke has introduced a bill giving the Philadelphia Fire Department responsibility for inspecting propane tanks used on curbside food trucks.
Flames broke out shortly after 12:30 a.m. Saturday at a home along the 4100 block of Ogden Street in the city’s Belmont section.
Jeremiah Laster has been sworn in as Deputy Commissioner.
The renovations and upgrades cost approximately $475,000. The building was heavily damaged by fire last September.
Philadelphia officials now say improvements to the fire department’s medic system, first implemented 100 days ago, are working, making more units available to those needing help.
While en route to a service call Friday, the drive shaft of a Philadelphia fire truck broke off, stranding several firefighters and the truck for several hours.
Funeral services were held Saturday for four young children who died in a fire in Southwest Philadelphia last month.
There were no deaths or injuries, but the blaze caused enough damage to put the firehouse out of service for nearly a year.
About 1,000 people were evacuated from 757 rooms in the 26-story Center City hotel as a precautionary measure.
A new mural honors the memories of two hometown heroes who died fighting a five-alarm warehouse fire in East Kensington in 2012.
And Mayor Nutter stressed that the focus should be not on the fire department’s response but on what caused the blaze.
Commissioner Derrick Sawyer says fire fighters were called to the 6500 block of Gesner Street at 2:45 a.m. Saturday and found the blaze had already spread.
It’s the end of an era at the Philadelphia Fire Department, as longstanding fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers retires.
Work to restore the fire-damaged firehouse at Fourth and Arch could finish by the end of July, says incoming fire commissioner Derrick Sawyer.
The 36-inch main broke just before midnight Saturday along Master Street near 27th Street, causing a gaping hole in the road and damaging two properties.