Philadelphia FF injured battling 6-alarm warehouse fire

About half of Philadelphia’s on-duty firefighters were called to battle the blaze

Stacey Burling
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — About half of Philadelphia’s on-duty firefighters were called to battle a six-alarm warehouse fire Sunday morning in the city’s Nicetown-Tioga section, a blaze that left one firefighter injured.

The Fire Department reported more than 300 firefighters and emergency management responders on the fire scene near Fox Street and Hunting Park Avenue at its peak.

Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said it was the largest fire since he arrived in Philadelphia in 2016. At an early-morning media briefing, he said he expected that firefighters would be fighting the fire for “another few hours” and putting out hot spots for several days.

It was declared under control shortly before 11:30 a.m.

Several interconnected buildings containing paper and other products were involved. Details on the firefighter’s injuries were not disclosed.

The fire was near one of Temple University’s administration buildings, which was not damaged, Thiel said. The blaze, which did not spread to the surrounding neighborhood, had been contained through an “incredible valiant effort from our firefighters,” Thiel said.

The department was called to the 3300 block of Stokley Street at 2:07 a.m. At that time, there was fire at the roofline of one of the buildings. By late morning, hundreds of firefighters and paramedics were at the scene, along with 60 fire vehicles.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.


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