2-Alarm Fire in W. Phila.
A two-alarm fire erupted in a West Philadelphia apartment building Thursday night, leading to rescues of residents from upper floor windows, authorities said. A firefighter and a femal resident were transported to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, fire officials said. The firefighter was treated and released, while the woman was in stable condition, officials said. At 6:47 p.m., police reported that residents were trapped inside the four-story building at 45th and Walnut Streets. The fire was declared under control at 7:36 p.m. One man rescued from the building was arrested after he reportedly became disorderly.
For years extra alarm fires were going down in Philly. In light of the recent cuts to our department, the loss of TEN companies per shift, they are going back up. Another apartment building in West Philly has gone up in flames. Every time extra alarms are needed, it leaves the rest of the city dangerously undermanned. Now they want us to go to Camden and fight fires as well. How many people in Philly are going to die because of these dangerous and irresponsible cuts to emergency services? The workload is crushing the department and our equipment. I fought two major fires this past week alone. Our guys are physically beat. Something has to give.