On Wednesday, 13 people were killed in a fire at a public housing apartment in the eastern US city of Philadelphia, US media reported.
The city’s fire department said its officers arrived at the scene at 6:40 a.m. (11:40 GMT) and that “a massive fire was raging from the second floor of the three-story rowhouse.”
It said in a tweet, “PFD responds to the massive fire that broke out in the 800 block of N. 23rd St. this morning.”
“It took 50 minutes to get the fire under control.”
PFD responded to a fatal fire this morning on the 800 block of N 23 St. The fire has been brought under control but the scene is still active.
— Philadelphia Fire (@PhillyFireDept) 5 January 2022
US networks, including NBC and CBS, reported that 13 people had died in the fire in the city’s Fairmount area.
The Philadelphia Inquirer said Rowhouse was owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
The newspaper quoted police as saying that the three-storey house has been converted into two apartments.
Neighbors who spoke to local media said they were shaken by the fire.
Bill Richards, who lives nearby, told The Enquirer that shortly before 7:00 a.m. he heard a woman shout “oh my god, oh my god.”
“This is absolutely devastating and disturbing,” he said.
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