A man died in a Port Richmond fire that broke out late last night, but a woman and at least two children were able to escape.
The fire broke out at 11:17 p.m. in an end rowhouse om the 2900 block of Tulip Street, and, despite heavy fire in the rear, was declared under control just before 11:30, according to Battalion Chief Willie Williams.
Fire fighters returned at 2:48 a.m. to hose down still smoldering embers, a dispatcher said.
The man’s body was found on the second floor of the home, which had no working smoke detectors, according to 6ABC.
Four people were evacuated, but no details were being released about ages or gender, except that that man was in his 50s, Williams said.
Neighbors were unable to reach the man, who needed a cane to walk, according to Fox29.
“We tried to kick in the door, and as we was kicking the door, we woke the little kids up,” neighbor Anthony Torres Rodriguez told the TV station. “And then one of them came and opened the door.”
Twins and perhaps another child got out, along with the woman, but Rodriguez and others couldn’t reach the man.
“It was just this one old man in the back – me and my friends, we all ran into the backroom, but we couldn’t go all of the way back there because it was on fire,” he said.
The cause of the blaze – the 11th fatal one this year – is being investigated, Williams said.
The only smoke alarm discovered was one in the basement with no battery in place, he said.
The reporting makes a point to inform us that (allegedly) there was no working smoke detectors in this house. Yet it COMPLETELY IGNORES the fact that we have another fatal fire in the local of a fire company CLOSED by the Nutter administration.
Engine Six, NOW CLOSED would have been first in at this fire. It is too painful to know that NEIGHBORS broke down the front door so that the children could escape. Thank God for their actions. What is even more tragic is that the man killed may have still been alive as well. Had Engine Six still been in service, he may have been rescued like the children and the woman. We will never know now. Philadelphia’s eleventh tragic fire death this year comes on a day where the local news paper editorials are asking about “right sizing” the Fire Department.
In Philly the insanity never stops.