Footage Shows Philadelphia Firefighters Battle Blaze That Killed at Least 12

A fast-moving fire that broke out in a Philadelphia rowhouse early on January 5 left at least 12 people dead, including 8 children, authorities reported.

Firefighters began responding at around 6:38 am to a fire in a three-story building on the 800 block of 23rd Street in Fairmount, Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy told reporters. Crews began an “aggressive” attack on the blaze, during which they found “multiple fatalities.”

Murphy said that as of late morning, 13 people had been confirmed dead, including seven children. (Officials later revised the numbers to 12 dead, including eight children.) Two others, one of them a child, had been taken to area hospitals. Fire officials were investigating the cause of the blaze, but said that at least four smoke detectors in the building were not functioning.

“This is without a doubt one of the most tragic days in our city’s history,” Mayor Jim Kenney said on Wednesday.

This video, recorded by Kyle Medernach, shows firefighters battling the fire on Wednesday morning. Credit: Kyle Medernach via Storyful

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