Fire forces residents of Rittenhouse Square high rise to evacuate

Tim Jimenez
December 11, 2018 - 6:37 am
A broke out around 2 a.m. Tuesday at The Dorchester on Rittenhouse Square.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A fire broke out around 2 a.m. Tuesday at a Rittenhouse Square high rise.

Residents said they heard a woman screaming for help on the 29th floor of The Dorchester on Rittenhouse Square.

The alarms in the building were going off, waking everyone up, including Jamie, who lives on the 30th floor.

"The alarm goes off actually a lot, but it’s always a false alarm and honestly I thought that’s what it was again," she said. "Sometimes we’re a little slow to move on that instantly. And we heard a ton of firetrucks and it was quite clear this was serious."

She then heard a woman screaming for help.

"I didn’t know what was going on, but she was screaming over and over again. And then I heard somebody yell at her, 'What floor?' and she said 29th."

A fire department spokeswoman said three people who live in the building, along with a firefighter, were hurt. There's no word on their conditions.

Residents were evacuated for several hours in the freezing temperatures. The Red Cross set up at a building a few doors down. They were able to return to their apartments in the 32-story building around 5 a.m.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.