There was a different kind of action last night at one of Eric Blumenfeld’s buildings on North Broad Street.
The apartments at the Lofts at 640 were evacuated around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night after a rooftop fire sent smoke billowing throughout the building. The conversion of the Mulford Building was Blumenfeld’s earliest project on the North Broad corridor and his EB Realty Management Corporation manages the luxury apartment building at 640 North Broad Street. According to 6ABC, no injuries were reported.
We actually first caught the news through this tweet from Jim McMillan, who initially heard reports that the fire might be at Broad Street and Ridge Avenue–you know, the site of the Divine Lorraine Hotel project:
Scanner report: High-rise fire at Broad and Ridge in North Philadelphia. Isn’t there a landmark around there?
— Jim MacMillan (@JimMacMillan) July 16, 2015
It was soon determined that the fire was at the 9-story apartment building, also home to Vetri’s Osteria, at Broad and Wallace streets. 6ABC reports that the it is “believed that the fire stemmed from the air conditioning units but the exact cause is under investigation.” The blaze was under control by 9:45 p.m.
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