Grandmother, 2 children killed in Hunting Park house fire, officials say

Andrew Kramer
January 05, 2019 - 6:06 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Tragedy has stuck after a woman and two children are killed in a house fire in the Hunting Park section of the city.

At a press briefing, Assistant Philadelphia Fire Chief Tony Sniedar says firefighters were called to the home along the 4200 block of N. Reese Street, near Bristol Street, just after 1 p.m. Saturday.

He says when crews arrived on the scene heavy fire and smoke was coming from the home.

When firefighters attempted to enter the residence, Sniedar says, the front door was locked and furniture, cloths and additional items made it difficult to move around the home.

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He says, while searching the home, crews unfortunately found a grandmother and two children dead.

Sniedar says they spoke with the mother of the two children who explained that she had dropped her kids off earlier in the day to be babysat by the grandmother.

The home, Sniedar says, had no working smoke detectors, and the fire was placed under control just before 2:30 in the afternoon.

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adem Theil took to Twitter Saturday night to express his sadness for the victims and their family.

Investigators say they still working to determine how the fire began and that the Red Cross is on the scene assisting the victim’s family and neighbors.