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UPDATE: Fireground audio added. Two Philadelphia firefighters killed at 5-alarm fire this morning. Three others hurt. Crew trapped in collapse at exposure building.

UPDATE:

Here are some details from the press conference held shortly after 9:00 this morning. The two firefighters killed have only been identified so far as a 60-year-old male and a 25-year-old male. According to Philadelphia Fire Department officials, the fire was reported under control about 5:30 AM but the crew from Ladder 10 and an engine company were working in a furniture store adjacent to the original fire building dealing with extension. At 5:50 AM there was a collapse of the rear and side wall that trapped five firefighters. One of the firefighters was able to walk out on his own, the rest had to be rescued or recovered by fellow firefighters. One of the injured firefighters has been admitted to the hospital. The other two are being evaluated.

Image above of rescue operation by Bill Rohrer of Newsworking.

EARLIER:

A five-alarm fire in Philadelphia has taken the lives of two firefighters. PhillyFireNews.com‘s Ron Trout reports the fire was originally reported as a rubbish fire at York Street and Jasper Street, but Engine 2 arrived to find multiple large buildings burning. Below is fireground audio.

Here’s some of the news coverage:

KYW-TV:

Two Philadelphia firefighters have been killed while battling a massive warehouse fire in Kensington early Monday morning. Two other firefighters were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Philly.com:

The firefighters were trapped in a collapse at the furniture store that started burning after embers from the warehouse at East York and Jasper Streets set a fire.

The firefighters who died were assigned to Ladder 10, officials said.

Flames spread to at least six other structures, including the furniture store at Boston Street and Kensington Avenue, said Deputy Fire Commissioner Ernest Hargett. 

Ron Trout photo from PhillyFireNews.com. Click here for more pictures.

WPVI-TV:

Action News has learned that two firefighters were killed and two others injured while battling a 5-alarm warehouse fire in Kensington Monday morning.

The four firefighters were inside a furniture store at the intersection of Kensington Avenue and E Boston Street, which had caught fire as the result of embers coming from the burning warehouse, located adjacent to the store.

WTXF-TV:

The fire went to five alarms early Monday morning at York and Jasper streets and collapsed two walls of the six-story abandoned structure.

(Reporter Sean) Tobin reported that five firefighters were trapped at about 6:30 a.m. A rescue team was sent in, and three of the fighters were rescued alive.

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  • Steve in NJ

    God bless our fallen brothers, their families and the members of Phila Local 22.

  • pipeman

    Rest Easy Brothers!

  • Firefighter 119 WFD retired

    Rest in Peace my brother’s we will pray for you and your families.We will always remember you God Bless you and your families.

  • Anonymous

    join the company in the sky RIP

  • cam

    Join that Fire Company in the sky Rest Easy!!!!!!

  • mdff

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the Philadephia FD. A sad and tragic day, once again none of us ever know when we respond to the next alarm that it may be our last. Stay Safe.

  • Scooter

    I will keep the family’s in my prayers… Strike Da Box! K

  • Ian

    Thoughts and prayers for everyone :(

  • http://www.columbiatn.com Steven Cross, Deputy Chief

    God’s Speed and Peacefull Rest for our Fallen Brothers. Our thoughts and continued prayers for their families and for thier fire service brothers/sisters affected by this tragic loss. We also pray for a speedy recovery for the Firefighters injured at this incident.

  • Chris

    Yet again we strike box 5-5-5-5

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  • Carole

    Tragic…RIP those killed in this horrific fire and to the entire Phila Fire Dept.

  • the ear

    Rest in Peace brothers.

  • JustSayin’

    Let’s use this tragedy as a learning experience.!!!

    Spread the News throughout the Fire Service.!!!

    When these older buildings are well-involved to totally-involved
    with fire, they are going to collapse.!!! (Who Knew?)

    Therefore,
    KEEP ALL PERSONNEL OUT OF THE COLLAPSE ZONE.!!!

    Spread the News throughout the Fire Service.!!!
    If we can just get this knowledge spread this may never happen again.!!

    Tell a White-Hat today!!

  • Bernard Baker

    REST IN PEACE BROTHERS.May god bless your families in a time like this an give them strength.Thanks for your service an commitment to the city.R.I.P.

  • Truck Dude

    From all the members of DCFD, when send our heartfelt condolences to the Philly Fire Department and the families of the brave fallen heroes.

  • Michael (BFD FF/PM retired)

    It saddens me to hear (and see), yet another, loss of fellow firefighters. My heart goes out to those that remain here and morn for you that have faught to save others. You’ll be missed, always loved, and never forgotten. R.I.P.

  • Anonymous

    Is the audio from a single channel? If it is, it is amazing how much radio traffic there is on the single channel with the dispatch, operations, instructions to the staged companies, additional dispatches to the other structures, and units checking up.

    Also, a hell of a call to roll-up on when you are dispatched for a trash fire. The first company officer has a great report.

  • Brooke

    You’ll be great firemen upstairs along with others

  • Anonymous

    AMERICAS FINEST DON’T ALWAYS WEAR THE SAME HELMET, GEAR, OR CARRY THE SAME WEAPONS. BUT ONE THING REMAINS IN COMMON- WE GO GO INTO HARMS WAY WHEN CALLED UPON!MAY GODS GRACE BE YOURS ETERNALLY.

  • Anita

    This is so sad!! My prayers go out to the families of these two brave men and to the injured firefighters.

    As a mother of a firefighter my heart goes out to all of them!

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