Upper Darby house fire sends 5 to hospital

Tim Jimenez
December 19, 2018 - 6:34 am
Five people were sent to the hospital after fire tore through a home in Upper Darby, Delaware County.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Five people were sent to the hospital after fire tore through a home in Upper Darby, Delaware County. 

The single, two-story home, is on North Carol Boulevard by West Chester Pike in the Highland Park section of Upper Darby Township.

Officials say the first 911 calls came in around 1 a.m. 

Upper Darby Deputy Fire Chief Brian Boyce said police arrived on location first and that two people had escaped the thick smoke and flames by jumping from second-floor windows on both sides of the house.

Boyce says firefighters then rescued three unconscious people who were inside  one was on the first floor and the other two were on the second floor.

Tracey Brown, who lives next door and called 911, said she culdn't believe what she heard and saw. "To see somebody hanging from a window like that and then to hear a thump and the groan that came out of her mouth after she hit the ground  I don’t want to ever hear that again," she said.

The victims, all adults, were taken to several different hospitals. Fire officials did not release their conditions. 

“This community comes together in Upper Darby. I’ve seen it time and time again,” said Mayor Tom Micozzie. “We’ll make sure we do what we have to do to take care of this family. They’re one of ours.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misidentified North Carol Boulevard.