Philadelphia FF injured in three-alarm residential blaze
Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said the fire was more like a "four-alarm equivalent fire" due to intense heat
By Laura French
PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia firefighter was injured Thursday afternoon in a three-alarm blaze that engulfed three residential buildings.
More than 150 firefighters worked to prevent the flames from spreading to more neighboring residences amid hot and windy conditions, fire officials told CBS Philly.
Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel told CBS Philly the blaze was "really a four-alarm equivalent fire because of the heat."
The temperature in the city at the time of the fire was about 90 degrees, according to the Philadelphia Second Alarmers Association.
The injured firefighter is in stable condition after being assisted by a medic at the scene and transported to the hospital, officials said. According to a fire department tweet, the firefighter suffered heat exhaustion.
Due to an interior collapse during the blaze, fire crews committed to an exterior attack.
No other injuries were reported. Thiel estimated about 20 or more residents have been displaced.
This fire is now at 3 alarms. https://t.co/g8vyY7RnUo— Philadelphia Fire (@PhillyFireDept) June 4, 2020
This fire on Beverly Drive in Somerton is now at 3 alarms, meaning about 51 apparatus and 120 members are responding. pic.twitter.com/Nm53MnxDf9— Philadelphia Fire (@PhillyFireDept) June 4, 2020
This afternoon the P.F.D. in 90 degree temps responded to 15135 Beverly Drive & 3 Alarms were needed to bring under control a fire involving 6 dwellings. 2nd Alarmers were on scene to provide much needed hydration,cold towels & misting fan to keep members healthy.@PhillyFireDept pic.twitter.com/PvSOK7bbLQ— 2ND ALARMERS (@PHILASACHIEF) June 4, 2020