12 injured, 2 critically, in early-morning rowhome fire in Logan

Mark Abrams
June 25, 2019 - 6:50 am
Firefighters report 2 people jumped from upper floors to escape the flames house near 12th and Roscomb streets..

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UPDATED: 10:50 a.m.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The stillness of a muggy Tuesday morning was quickly interrupted by neighbors' screams and a rapid fire that ripped through a house in the Logan section of the city.

Firefighters are still on the scene of the fire, where 12 people were injured — two of them critically. 

The fire began on the first floor of a three-story house around 4:30 a.m. near 12th and Roscomb streets. After about 45 minutes, the fire was extinguished. Officials are searching the house for any remaining victims.

Witnesses say some people were seen jumping from a second-floor window to escape the flames and smoke. 

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said the scene was chaotic when first responders initially arrived. 

"When they arrived, they found multiple building occupants out on the street, in the backyard, people with injuries, people who had jumped," he said.

Anne, who lives three doors down from the home, said the building is owned by a woman who had extended family living there, including small children.

"Her youngest five children lived there," she explained, "and they had their children living there, and you know, boyfriends and things. So, there’s at least 12 people living there. There were at least three families."

The city Fire Marshal’s Office joined an arson investigator from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who spent a considerable amount of time taking pictures and noting burn patterns on the heavily-charred porch. They also recovered video from a neighborhood surveillance camera.

The investigators offered no ruling on a cause of the fire at this time.

There were no reports of injuries among firefighters.