100+ firefighters respond to Philadelphia row house explosion

Two are feared dead after three row houses in South Philadelphia collapsed in a "gas-fed" explosion


By FireRescue1 Staff

PHILADELPHIA — Two people are feared dead and one is still missing after an explosion caused rowhouses to collapse in Philadelphia late Thursday morning.

More than 100 firefighters responded to the scene of the explosion, which authorities said was “gas-fed,” according to WPVI.

Early reports said at least three people were trapped after two homes collapsed. The Philadelphia Fire Department said three rowhomes had completely collapsed as of Thursday night.

Mike Seccia, the owner of a nearby deli, said he heard “the loudest bang he’s ever heard” and headed to the scene with an employee and a fire extinguisher.

“The small fire then became one of the worst spectacles I have ever seen,” Seccia said.

The deli owner also said he saw a man stuck in the debris but could not get him out.

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