Philadelphia Fire Department
Authorities are investigating the cause of a Center City high-rise apartment fire Wednesday afternoon that left a 60-year-old man dead.
Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers now says tests have found evidence a number of chemicals leaked into a Roxborough firehouse forcing its temporary closing December 17 after a member of Engine Company 66 was sickened.
Police say a several people were hanging outside on the fire escape when it gave way and sent them plummeting about 40 feet to the ground.
The blaze broke out around 9 a.m. Saturday at a home along the 12000 block of Salina Place near Woodhaven and Academy Roads.
The fire was reported around 6 p.m. on the 1000 block of S. 52nd Street.
Two people were found dead inside a burning home in Philadelphia and the deaths are being investigated as homicides.
Engine company 66, in Roxborough, remains closed while investigators trace the source of toxic fumes that sickened some firefighters.
The fire last September, which started in the engine of an ambulance parked in one of the bays, left the Ben Franklin firehouse heavily charred.
The fire broke out around 12:30 p.m. on the corner of Cecil B. Moore Avenue and American Street.
For the second time this week, the Philadelphia Fire Department has gotten a nice donation for smoke detectors. But this time, it’s for people who can’t hear the regular ones.
“This is not something we get every day, ” said fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers at the presentation of a check for $59,110 from the Insurance Society of Philadelphia.
Fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers gave a demonstration of how to properly slice the base off a freshly cut Christmas tree.
The blaze was reported at about 9 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in the 4800 block of Greene Street.
City officials defended the move, saying the firefighters accepted the promotions with the knowledge they could be rescinced if the Nutter administration got a favorable court ruling.
The take back program was started about three years ago by the US Drug Enforcement Agency. Since then, hundreds of thousands of pounds of prescription drugs have been collected and burned.