Seven children among 13 dead in Philadelphia house fire
US: Seven children were among 13 people killed when a fire tore through a converted three-story house in Philadelphia on Wednesday in one of the United States’ deadliest residential infernos in recent years.
Officials said another two people were hospitalized and eight escaped the deadly blaze which occurred in public housing in the eastern US city’s popular museum district of Fairmount.
“This is without a doubt one of the most tragic days in our city’s history, the loss of so many people in such a tragic way,” Mayor Jim Kenney told reporters.
Philadelphia Fire Department deputy commissioner Craig Murphy said the fire was the worst he had seen in 35 years on the job.
He told reporters that the toll was “dynamic because there is still an ongoing recovery effort inside.” Murphy added it was too early to say what caused the blaze but that his department was investigating.
“It’s not necessarily considered suspicious but we have all hands on deck because of the magnitude of this fire,” he told reporters. “We’re in the process of investigating this to the highest level that we can. We’re incorporating all of our resources.” – THE HINDUSTAN TIMES