STRAWBERRY MANSION – September 8, 2010 (WPVI) — Three teenagers and a three-year-old girl were rescued from an early morning fire in Strawberry Mansion on Wednesday. While there is no debating that Philadelphia firefighters help avert a tragedy, some argue the department’s brownouts hindered the response.
The fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. on the 2400 block of North 30th Street. Firefighters managed to get the toddler and the three others out safely – but they all had to be rushed to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
It happened only four blocks away from Engine 45 – closed at the time due to the fire departments rolling brownouts – the city’s means of cutting costs by shutting down certain engine companies.
Local 22’s union president, Bill Gault, says if the engine company was open perhaps those kids would not have been sent to the hospital.
Furthermore, he says their lives aren’t the only ones in danger. “My guys are doing heroic stuff, grabbing kids without the aid of a hose line,” Gault said. LINK
In a stunning turn of events, Channel 6 not only changed its tune in a follow-up story on this morning’s fire that nearly killed four children, it also DELETED comments referring to the brownouts from its website! How’s that for journalistic integrity? After getting called out on their coverage, they finally do the story they should have done in the first place while deleting references to it on their own site. Unbelieveable!