STRAWBERRY MANSION – February 6, 2011 (WPVI) — Philadelphia firefighters battled a fire late Saturday night that sent one man to the hospital with burns. The fire broke out shortly after 11:00 p.m. in a home on the 2400 block of North 26th Street in the city’s Strawberry Mansion section – directly across the street from the firehouse of Engine 45 and Ladder 14.
Firefighters tell Action News that a resident came running up to the firehouse to alert them of the fire. Crews battled the flames for about 20 minutes before getting the upper hand on the blaze. Firefighters rescued one man from the burning house. He was transported to Temple University Hospital where he is listed in serious condition after being treated for smoke inhalation and burns.
The firehouse is on the brownout list but was manned at the time of the fire. So far, no word on what may have sparked the blaze. LINK
In a stroke of total, random luck a Philadelphia man will live to see another day. How about them apples? The man in question was saved from death by a random coincidence. The fire station across the street from his house was actually manned last night when he needed it most.
This citizen may not understand how events lined up in his favor or how truly lucky he is to be alive. Since the Nutter administration set upon a program of dismantling the fire department, a policy of “rolling brownouts” was instituted. That means up to three, randomly chosen fire companies are closed each shift. Engine 45, directly across the street from this man’s house is one of those companies. Fortunately and by sheer luck only, they were in service last night when the fire broke out. The man was rescued by those firefighters and although burned and injured it looks like he will survive.
That’s why we have a fire department. The man was saved and the fire was checked before it was able to destroy more property. Everyone was lucky last night. Just imagine, Engine 45 could have been:
A- Browned out.
B- Covering up at another station due to our staffing shortages.
C- Sent to Camden.
If I were this man I’d buy a lottery ticket. He truly beat the odds.