Philadelphia Fire Leaves 13 people Dead

Rowhouse fire. | Image from NYPost

As reported by NBC Philadelphia News, 13 people died early Wednesday morning due to a fire in the Fairmont neighborhood.

Two more victims were hospitalized and are in critical condition.

According to Philadelphia police, the fire occurred on January 5 around 6:40 a.m. at a Philadelphia rowhome that has been converted into apartments near the 800 block of North 23rd and Ogden Streets.

In a tweet, the Philadelphia Fire Department said, “Preliminary information indicates companies arrived at 6:40 a.m. and found heavy fire coming from the second floor of a three-story rowhouse. It took 50 minutes to place the fire under control.”

Firefighters were seen coming and going from the rowhome while ladders rested against the building.

No further information has been released about what caused the fire or how many residents live in the apartments.

The Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and other city officials plan to make a statement regarding the incident later today.

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