One has to wonder if these injuries would have occurred if the city hadn’t closed/browned out so many fire stations. Decisions have consequences.

Three firefighters and four civilians were injured when a house fire erupted Sunday morning in North Philadelphia. It happened around 6:00 a.m. on the 1600 block of North 20th Street.

One firefighter is in critical, but stable condition while the other two firefighters and the four civilians are in stable condition. The Battalion Chief ordered all firefighters out of the building around 6:15 a.m. and extra medics were requested at the scene. (LINK)

Hopefully, the firefighters will make full recoveries.



  1. Old NFO says:

    CA, what was the delay on the first in? And were there formerly closer stations???

  2. The Working Class Conservative says:

    Old NFO Ladder 1 was 4 blocks from the fire CLOSED! Ladder 23 was 3 minutes from the fire BROWNED OUT! Ladder 9 is only 7 minutes from the fire. Never Dispatched until second call for help. Ladder 12 8 minutes from fire Sent as RIT on First call for help. BAD calls all around

  3. Spock says:

    Initial box came in as a walk-in to station. Somehow, wrong address given and the wrong box was struck, So, the box sent was 1/2 mile away from AOF. Not that big a deal, it was the same companies just in different order. L1-closed;L9-first in – scratch that, they were on a run;L23-brownout;L14 now first in; L2 second;L12 Rit. Ironically, first in engine (27, where the injured FFs are) was browned-out 2 hours later.

  4. Bob G. says:

    Cap (et al):
    Those are some damn frightening stats for those stations.

    Maybe I’m too old school here, but there should NEVER be anything that places the public safety AT RISK…
    (and yes, that extends to those tasked WITH such protection …especially them!

    And friends, you have way too much risk there (that should not be) in Philly.

    Prayers out to those injured firefighters.’
    Roll safe out there.

  5. Cs says:

    It’s amazing you had that many medic’s avail that were close. A fire the next shift in the northeast used three to four trucks and two ES officers and by shift change the system was crashing.

  6. Old NFO says:

    WCC, thanks, and yeah that is screwed up!!!

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