Row home fire kills woman, 3-year-old boy, injures 4 others

Tim Jimenez
January 25, 2019 - 7:26 am
Two people are dead, four injured, when fire tore through a row home on 3rd Street between Oregon and Shunk.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Investigators are trying to pinpoint the cause of an early-morning row home fire that left a woman and toddler dead and several others hurt in South Philadelphia.

On 3rd Street between Shunk and Oregon Avenue, a fire started in a row home in the middle of the block at around 2 a.m. 

The windows are smashed and you can see the inside, charred from the flames.

Fire commissioner Adam Thiel says crews did their best, but tragedy couldn’t be avoided.

“A lot of fire in this building, incredible effort by our members, not the outcome that we would hope for.”

After firefighters got the the flames under control, they searched the house and found two people dead. Officials say they're a 36-year-old woman and a 3-year-old boy.

Thiel said four people who were inside managed to escape.

“The neighbors report that a couple of the occupants jumped out the windows on the front, the second story windows on the front, and at least one occupant jumped out one of the second story windows on the rear," Thiel said.

Lisa Wilson, who lives a few doors down, says the mother and son who died were part of a family that has lived on the block for years.

“And they were all really, really nice. They’re a really nice knit family. They would do anything for anybody," Wilson said. 

Officials say the four people who escaped were taken to the hospital for injuries they got from jumping out of the house and inhaling smoke, but they’re expected to be okay.

Thiel says it's still too early to know what caused the fire. 

He said 2019 has gotten off to a tragic start with at least four fire deaths so far in the city. There were 19 all of last year.