13 including 7 children dead in US house fire...

Dhaka, Wednesday   19 January 2022

13 including 7 children dead in US house fire

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 08:38 AM, 6 January 2022   Updated: 02:03 PM, 6 January 2022

Photo: Collected

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At least 13 people, including seven children, died when a fire tore through public housing apartments in the eastern US city of Philadelphia on Wednesday. 

The toll was "dynamic," with two people rushed to hospital, Philadelphia Fire Department deputy commissioner Craig Murphy said, adding that it was the worst fire he had seen in 35 years on the job.

According to the city's fire department, its officers rushed to the scene in the Fairmount area at 6:40 am (1140 GMT) "and found heavy fire coming from the second floor of a three-story rowhouse." 

"PFD responded to a fatal fire this morning on the 800 block of N. 23rd St," it said in a tweet.

"It took 50 minutes to place the fire under control."

Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney said the rowhouse was owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority. 

"This is without a doubt one of the most tragic days in our city's history, the loss of so many people in such a tragic way," he told reporters. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer quoted police as saying that the three-storey home had been converted into two apartments.