PHILADELPHIA (CBS)—A two-alarm fire at an apartment building in the city’s Frankford section left nine people hurt, including four children.
The fire broke out just before 4:30 a.m. on the 4500 block of Frankford Avenue.
“When we opened our door we couldn’t get out because there was nothing but smoke and flames and everything coming,” said Jessica Carr.
Seventy-five firefighters had the fire under control in about 20 minutes.
Officers and firefighters rescued 12 people from their apartments. Fire officials said some people, including a baby were forced to jump out of windows.
“Companies immediately started aggressive interior firefighting operations to protect the people who were trapped inside the building and also started making rescues,” said Deputy Fire Commissioner, Robert Corrigan. “About 12 people were rescued”
In all, 21 people are displaced. The Red Cross is assisting five families from eight units.
Tyrone Cole was sleeping in his girlfriend’s apartment when the fire broke out. He suffered second degree burns to his face and hands getting seven other people in the apartment out.
“When I got to the hospital, it felt like everything was burning except for my lips,” said Cole. “Something just told me to get up and just help everybody.”
Paramedics transported three people to Temple Hospital. The others took themselves to the hospital. All of the injured are in stable condition.