A Philadelphia 27-year veteran firefighter died early Saturday in a building that collapsed soon after a fire there was extinguished, on the 300 block of Indiana Avenue in the Fairhill neighborhood. The building had caught fire just before 2 a.m. Saturday and collapsed at 3:24 a.m. Crews worked for hours to find and rescue others trapped under debris. Four comrades and a city worker were pulled alive from the rubble and and sent to Temple University Hospital. “Unfortunately our department lost a member bravely fighting a fire then caught in a building collapse,” Craig Murphy, 1st Deputy Fire Commissioner declared. The identity of the deceased firefighter has yet to be released. The building was a three-story structure, restaurant and residential building, in a commercial/mixed-use part of town. One person jumped from the second floor to avoid getting trapped.
The cause of the collapse isn’t known and will be investigated. Officials say they do not believe it is suspicious. At least nine agencies helped with recovery efforts, including Philadelphia police and the American Red Cross. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said on Twitter that he is grieving with the fire department and the City of Philadelphia, “who lost one of our own in the line of duty today.”