Faulty wiring caused fire at Philly warehouse

Permanent wiring at the back of an auto shop on site started the blaze

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Faulty wiring is being blamed for a fire at a Philadelphia warehouse where a string band stores its props for the city's annual Mardi Gras-like New Year's Day parade.

Fire department Commissioner Lloyd Ayers says Monday's blaze at the south Philadelphia warehouse was caused by permanent wiring and originated near the back of an auto shop at the site. One person was hospitalized.

Members of the Fralinger String Band said Tuesday they found their props wet but undamaged. Fralinger is one of many clubs that participate in the Mummers Parade each Jan. 1. The band says it will definitely still participate in this year's parade.

The parade features thousands of performers wearing elaborate costumes and often is described as Philadelphia's Mardi Gras.

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