Four children killed in Pennsylvania fire

Grandson and grandmother die in fire
A man dies in a fire trying to save his grandmother.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Fire department officials say a fast-moving rowhouse fire in southwest Philadelphia has killed four children, burned through a number of homes and displaced more than 40 people.

Officials say the blaze engulfed at least 10 houses, destroying eight of the rowhomes. There was no immediate word on other injuries or the cause of the fire.

Officials say the fire started shortly before 3 a.m. this morning, and was brought under control in about an hour.

Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer calls it “a tragic, tragic day for the city of Philadelphia.

The Red Cross says 42 people have been displaced by the fire.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

blog comments powered by Disqus