VIDEO: Fire Fighters Battle Suit Corner Blaze

Walking up 3rd Street in Old City, it looks like a bomb went off.


A two-alarm fire ravaged the Suit Corner on Wednesday morning, leaving the colorful Old City shirt store a charred husk. Firefighters got the blaze, which was reported around 9:15 a.m., under control at 10:37, though they were still finding hot spots. Portions of the Suit Corner buildings were still burning well after 11, but the blaze was not in danger of spreading.

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Suit Corner Fire Is Under Control (Updated)

UPDATE [10:46 a.m.]: Dan McQuade reports that the fire has been declared under control by officials from the Philadelphia Fire Department. We’ll bring you more shortly.

UPDATE [10:30 a.m.]: Suit Corner in Old City is on fire at the moment.

CBSPhilly reports: “The fire broke out in the Suit Corner, on the southwest corner of Third and Market Streets, about 9:15am.  The fire department declared it under control about 40 minutes later but then quickly struck a second alarm as the blaze flared up and consumed the building. One firefighter had to be taken to Jefferson University Hospital when he tripped over a hose line while battling the fire.”

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Fire Above Hawthorne’s Cafe

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Fire at Hawthornes Cafe | Photo via Fox29

A fire has broken out above Hawthorne’s Cafe at 11th and Fitzwater. Fox29 has reported that the fire is in an apartment above the popular brunch and beer spot.

UPDATE: Hawthornes responds


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Resident’s Video of His House Burning After South Philadelphia Gas Explosion

On Thursday night, a gas explosion rocked Bancroft Street in South Philadelphia. The resident, Ron Talton, a manager at Chris’ Jazz Cafe on Sansom Street, shot this depressing video of his house being destroyed.

In the video, a shaken Talton can be heard saying, “It exploded in the basement… I fell through the floor when the explosion happened. I didn’t fall through, but I was right in the middle of my living room… Is there a coat or a blanket I can put on?”

A representative of Chris’ Jazz Cafe says that a benefit is in the works, and we’ll get you details on that when they become available.

Lorenzo’s Reopens on South Street


Lorenzo’s on South Street is back. After a fire that closed the late-night pizza institution back on June, 27 2012, the pizzeria reopened today at 11 a.m. The location has been totally revamped but owner, Giuseppe Pulizzi promises the same popular pizza taste.

That’s not to say things will be identical, toppings will be available on slices. But just on Tuesdays, and only till midnight. Other changes include an all-glass storefront, air conditioning and more pizza ovens.

Friday, May 3rd will mark the official grand re-opening. WMMR’s Preston & Steve will be broadcasting live from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.and 50% of proceeds for the entire day, will be donated to Philabundance.

Lorenzo’s and Sons [Official Site]

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