The Philadelphia Fire Department said at least 13 people, including seven children, were killed in a row house fire in the city’s Fairmount section.
The house, owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority, is located on the 800 block of N. 23rd Street, according to fire officials. The fire department said it took 50 minutes to place the fire under control.
At least 26 people were inside the duplex at the time of the fire, which began around 6:40 a.m. on the second floor of the rowhome duplex. The cause of the blaze is not yet known.
At least 13 people, including seven children, died. Two others are in critical condition and were taken to the hospital.
“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,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said.
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