Four People, Including Three Children, were Killed in a Philadelphia Rowhouse Fire

A man and three children died after a house fire in the Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia in the early morning of April 24.

Both floors of a residence on Hartville Street were blowing with so much fire when firefighters arrived shortly after 2 a.m., Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said at a press conference.

The two children who died in the blaze were students at Lewis Elkin Elementary School, one of whom was in kindergarten and the other was in third grade, according to Principal Charlotte Gillum-Maddox.

The medical examiner’s office will officially determine the causes of death, Thiel said.

A 38-year-old woman jumped out of a window to escape the fire. She was given emergency medical treatment and taken to the hospital to be treated for burns.

More than 60 firefighters responded to the fire.

According to the fire department, the street was so narrow that firefighters were not able to get the entire engine into the block.

The fire was put under control at 2:28 a.m., the fire department said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Thiel said that at this point of the investigation, there was no evidence that the residence had working smoke detectors.

Thiel urged city residents to ensure they have working smoke detectors inside their homes.


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