PICTURES: Center City Blaze Left Behind an Icy Mess

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This is what’s left over when you fight a fire in bitter cold: ice.

Firefighters quickly controlled Tuesday night’s massive blaze at 2122 Locust, which left 21 residents displaced. None of the residents were injured while two firefighters sustained minor injuries. Firefighting takes water, and subzero temperatures turn water into harder, colder water.

The result? Not quite the ice palace that’s been created by other cold-weather fires, but still: A lot of ice.  Read more »

Crews Battled 4-Alarm Fire at Apartment Building Near Rittenhouse Square

Photos | Joel Mathis

Photos | Joel Mathis

[Update 7:50 p.m.] The Philadelphia Fire Department said via Twitter the blaze was under control:

Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer told reporters that the first alarm for the fire came at 5:30 p.m.: A fire crew found a fire in the basement and quickly extinguished it. But minutes later, a fire on an upper floor was discovered, and additional units called in. At its height, 120 firefighters were involved. Two were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

“We don’t know if it was two separate fires, or if it started in the basement and spread to the roof,” Sawyer said. “We need to do an investigation.”

The cold was a brutal challenge, Sawyer said, creating frostbite dangers and dexterity challenges for firefighters battling the blaze. “The weather was challenging because of the subcold temperatures. The water lines freeze … if you don’t keep the water flowing, the water lines can freeze up,” he said, and added: “Fighting fires is challenging on a nice normal day.”

He said fire crews would be on the scene throughout the night, putting out the remains of the fire and waiting to enter the structure to find out the cause of the blaze. “It will be a long night,” he said.

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WATCH: Drone’s-Eye View of Wilmington Church Fire

We told you earlier today that the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmington burned to the ground overnight. It was the second fire at the church in two weeks, and federal officials are investigating.

One witness to the fire captured the scene from a camera-equipped drone — see above — providing a rare perspective of the conflagration. Read more »

Fire Breaks Out at LOVE Park “Spaceship”

Fire broke out at the iconic LOVE Park “spaceship” overnight.

“The fire started about 3:30 a.m. at the Fairmount Park Welcome Center building at 16th Street and JFK Boulevard at LOVE Park,” NBC10 reports. “According to investigators, police officers on routine patrol spotted smoke coming from the building and alerted the fire department.” Read more »

Crews Battle Three-Alarm Fire in Center City

[Update 7 am] “A multi-alarm blaze inside a building under construction in Center City Philadelphia has been declared under control,” 6ABC reports. Traffic on surrounding streets is still affected by the ongoing response, however.

More than 100 firefighters helped bring the blaze under control, according to reports.

[Original 5:39 am] Philadelphia fire crews battled a three-alarm fire in Center City on Tuesday morning, reportedly at the site of a restaurant under construction. Read more »

Report: Two-Alarm Fire in Camden Mostly Under Control

According to several news outlets across Philadelphia, including CBS3 and Fox29, a two-alarm fire broke out on Kaighn Avenue in Camden early this morning. Pennsauken and Camden fire departments responded to the blaze.

Fox29 reports that, at this time, the fire is mostly under control but smoke still surrounds the three-story building. PATCO, which runs on tracks near the home, has not experienced service delays due to the situation. Read more »

Fire Kills Two, Injures Officer

Two people were killed and a police officer injured overnight in a fire at a South Philly rowhome.

“The blaze broke out just before 1:30 a.m. in the first floor of a two-story rowhome on the 400 block of Daly Street,” CBS Philly reports.
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UPDATE: Deceased Firefighter ID’d as Joyce Craig-Lewis

Firefighters enter a burned-out home in the aftermath of a fatal fire Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Philadelphia. A firefighter was trapped in the basement of the burning row home early Tuesday, becoming the first female member of the Philadelphia Fire Department to die in the line of duty, officials said. The 11-year veteran was part of the first company deployed to a fire in the basement of the home in the city's West Oak Lane neighborhood at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, fire commissioner Derrick Sawyer said.

Firefighters enter a burned-out home in the aftermath of a fatal fire Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Philadelphia. A firefighter was trapped in the basement of the burning row home early Tuesday, becoming the first female member of the Philadelphia Fire Department to die in the line of duty, officials said. The 11-year veteran was part of the first company deployed to a fire in the basement of the home in the city’s West Oak Lane neighborhood at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, fire commissioner Derrick Sawyer said.

[Update: 12:32 p.m.] The deceased firefighter has been identified as Joyce Craig-Lewis, Mayor Nutter said in a noon news conference.

Craig-Lewis was an 11-year veteran of the department, one of 150 women serving. She is survived by two children, a 16-year-old-son and 16-month-old daughter, as well as her parents, two sisters, and a brother.

She graduated from Dobbins High School, and later went on to be certified as an emergency medical technician.

“She loved her job. She was a highly-trained firefighter who served in some of the busiest stations in the city on behalf of our citizens,” Nutter said.

“The fire department, one of the best in the United States of America… has suffered a tremendous loss. That loss extends to all Philadelphians.”

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner said Craig-Lewis was helping fight a fire in the basement of the residence.

“Those that know anything about basement fires knows that basement fires are a challenge,” he said. “During this firefight, the incident commander commanded the first arriving company to withdraw from the basement. After the withdraw, they realized that Firefighter Craig Lewis was missing… They were not able to get her out before she passed.”

He added: “I know she was a great firefighter. I know she gave her life protecting the citizens of this city.”

[Original: 7:10 a.m.]

Sad news this morning: A Philadelphia firefighter died battling a blaze in the West Oak Lane neighborhood overnight — the city’s first female firefighter to die in the line of duty. She was not immediately identified.

Mayor Nutter was speaking live from the scene this morning:

Philly Fire News added some details:


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Fire Extinguished at Wanamaker Building

[Update 12:04 a.m.] NBC 10 reports the fire was extinguished quickly, with no injuries:

The fire occurred in a ninth floor office and was under control a short while later, according to fire dispatchers.

There were no reports of injuries but with people out on the sidewalk and fire equipment on the scene, traffic around City Hall came to a halt for nearly an hour. By 10:45 a.m., traffic began moving again.

[Original 11:06 a.m.] We don’t know much yet, but:


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