PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia fire officials struck out a fifth alarm at school fire in the Parkside section of West Philadelphia around 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
The blaze is believed to have started in the basement area where some construction was taking place at the Global Leadership Academy; a charter school located at 51st and Warren Streets.
Flames quickly spread upwards causing a section of the building near the courtyard to collapse. There have been no reports of any injuries.
I know it’s been a few days since I last posted but some time you just need to take some time off. So over the last few days I have limited my computer time as much as possible. We have been busy around the house dealing with what may turn out to be a pretty significant plumbing problem. It appears that our waste line may be clogged by tree roots that have caused the pipe to collapse. It never ends. So lately I have been just taking it easy, catching up on my sleep, spending as much time as I can with the kids and dealing with things one step at a time. Today I’m taking the boy and his BFF Isaac sledding.
In the mean time Philadelphia continues to burn. This morning another extra alarm fire broke out in west Philadelphia. This fire reached five alarms. I am glad not to be working on days like this. Soaking wet in the bitter cold gets old. I am listening to the fire department radio via East Coast 911 and I can tell that the department is a mess right now with make-up companies and cover-ups of tired, depleted fire companies.
Since the Nutter administration set out on a course to destroy the Philadelphia Fire Department by closing ten companies, any serious fire or incident places an incredible strain on the line companies and city wide protection. Companies are constantly being shifted all over the city into unfamiliar neighborhoods, leaving large areas virtually unprotected. This repeated hammering is taking a devastating toll on both manpower and equipment department wide. Our drivers are under significant stress and our equipment is constantly breaking down.
Meanwhile the MSM ignores the real story. That is until there is another tragedy.