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Firefighters fought the fire at Jim’s Steaks. in South Philadelphia that broke out Friday morning and continued to burn until noon, intertwining with the ventilation and air conditioning system of the diner. system.
More than 100 firefighters responded to the fire, but they had hard time to put it down out because it turned out that the flame was hard access how they snake them way through the buildingheating, ventilation and air air conditioning system, Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said at a press conference just before 2:00 pm.
“Were very concerned about structural stability of this is building. There really is almost no way appreciate it,” Thiel said. — So again we accept defensive pose in abundance of caution and we hope we can save as much as possible of in property as possible – At least building myself.”
Firefighters responded to the canteen on in corner of 4th and South Streets after someone reported that some wires got snagged fire around 9:15, Thiel said. You could see smoke coming out of each floor of four-story building how firefighters knocked down windows.
floors on Top of shop’s cheesesteak city basic dating back empty until the 1930s and used for storage, Thiel noted.
BUT manager at the diner said NBC10 air state stopped working in in the morning and then started smoking. That’s when she said she had everything out of in building. Everything was in order, manager said.
Miguel Martinez-Valle of NBC10 was at the scene and reported shortly after 11 a.m. that firefighters had been evacuated from the scene. building as well as people in the neighborhood was told back up.
Looks like the firefighters are focusing their efforts on HVAC block by flooding it with water on top and below. However, according to Thiel, the crews did not “sink” the ship. building with water because they believed fire was in air ducts.
The flames managed to be localized to the restaurant, but the crews were walking with caution because of in risk what building was structurally unstable.
“This is a very difficult incident and right now we are trying to balance risk and benefit of the lives of our firefighters and protection property here in this iconic building and everywhere that comes with it,” Thiel said, referring to the incident. in in which a firefighter died last a mounth later building collapsed after another fire.