PHILADELPHIA — BUT building caught fire and later fell apart in Philadelphia, killing one fireman and injured six The other two are critical because they fell into a trap early Saturday, authorities said.
fire Reported just until 2 am on Saturday in in building in north Philadelphia, eight passengers were safely evacuated, and fire was declared under control, officials said. At 3:24 am building Collapsed, Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy said.
Lt. Sean Williamson, 51, was declared dead at the scene after he and another firefighter were freed from the rubble hours after the collapse. Three other firefighters and an inspector with in citydepartment of Licenses and inspections were quickly released. One firefighter jumped out second story to avoid to be caught in crash, Murphy said. There are two firefighters on the list. in critical but stable at Temple University Hospital while three other victims were treated and discharged, officials said.
This was stated by Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel. in announcement on Saturday afternoon that the department is mourning with “family friends and community.” He added”No, it’s not like that possible to express in words what we feel at this time. Murphy told reporters at a briefing around 8 a.m. Saturday that “the next few weeks are going to be tough.” up”.
Mayor Jim Kenny called it “a heartbreaking day”. for our city.”
“Per more 27 years old, he devoted his life to serving and protecting people of Philadelphia, and sacrificed his life protecting others,” Kenny said in a statement. “Early this morning, like every day he showed heroism, doing what first defendants do every day: put on your uniform, leave your loved ones and carry out their oath duty protect and serve the people of this is city.”
fire marshal office investigates cause of in fire with Federal Bureau assistance of Alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives. Investigators found that caused collapse. Murphy said building were affected by fire, but it was not clear what made it came down.
Numerous firefighters stood nearby as rescue efforts unfolded, some hugging or wiping away tears. eyes a few news outlets reported.
Patricia Sermarini told The Philadelphia Inquirer that she rushed to the site when she saw the collapse warning because her son-in-law, fireman, was on morning shift. She said he was one of firefighters on scene, but made it out of in building just before he collapsed.
But moments later, according to Sermarini, she saw firefighters pull body out from rubble.
“It’s so terrible,” she said. “This is true hard for them. They are just want get home to their families.”