By Tim Jimenez
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — An elderly man was killed in a South Philadelphia house fire overnight.READ MORE: SEPTA Union Unanimously Approves Strike If Deal Isn't Reached
His death marks a grim milestone in the city.
In front of his house on Taylor Street near Moore Street, there’s a pile of charred debris, including a wheel chair.
Officials say firefighters tried to rescue a man who was trapped on the second floor after a fire broke out around two this morning.READ MORE: Double Shooting In Eastwick Kills 25-Year-Old Man, Wounds Pregnant Woman: Police
Neighbors describe the victim as a World War II vet in his 90s.
Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel says his death now means more people have died in fires in the city this year compared to last year.
“We had 12 fire deaths in all of 2015. We met that for year to date 2016 already and it looks like this will be one additional.”
He says residents need to have working smoke alarms and fire officials will be back on the block today to give them out to residents who do not have them.MORE NEWS: 'I Want To Go To Class': Philadelphia Students, Parents On Edge As Possible SEPTA Strike Could Force Virtual Learning
Officials are investigating to see if there were alarms in the house and how the fire started.