3-alarm fire leaves parts of the boulevard shut down for hours in Northeast Philly

John McDevitt
December 28, 2018 - 10:03 am
Fire crews are on the scene of a three-alarm fire that broke out around 9 a.m. Friday morning in Northeast Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A stretch of Roosevelt Boulevard, near Comly Road in Northeast Philadelphia, was shut down in both directions for several hours earlier today because of a 3-alarm fire at an auto repair shop nearby. 

Battalion Chief Thomas Kane says firefighters were called around 8:45 a.m. to an auto repair shop on Bennett road, just off of the Roosevelt Boulevard.

"They found heavy fire going through the roof of the building,” he said. “We immediately started an exterior attack with a heavy water line. Second alarm was pulled about ten minutes later. The third alarm was about a half an hour after that.  The fire went under control less than two hours later.”

Kane says thankfully there were no reported injuries.

At one point, hoses were stretched across the both directions of the boulevard because of low water presume near the Bennett Road business. 

Officials say firefighters encounter low water pressure from time to time and have plans in place to get around it.

Reporter:  Did the rain help or hamper? 

"The rain was not really an issue its a nuisance if anything. but it did not hamper our efforts," he explained.

The boulevard has since been reopened, and the cause of the fire is being investigated.