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Raw video & fireground audio: Two 5-alarm fires in Philly in two days.

More on these fires from the Fire Critic

Two five-alarm fires in as many days in Philly. Sunday’s fire was at a school at 5151 Warren Street (scroll down). We start with today’s fire in a large, four-story apartment building at 4800 block Walnut Street. 

From PhillyFireNews.com:

B/C-7 reported smoke showing from a four story apartment building, W Shape building. Placed 2&2 in service. D/C-1 reported fire third floor extending to the fourth floor. Special called additional 2&2 above the box. Companies to assist in evacuation of the building. Command then struck the second alarm.

Click the image above for lots of photos of the 4800 Walnut Street fire by Ted Aurig, Ron Trout, Chris Miller, & Michael Warren at PhillyFireNews.com. And click here for PFN’s pictures from Sunday’s fire on Warren Street by Rich Moulder

Command reported fire through the roof, third alarm struck. Master stream placed in service. D/C-1 then requested the fourth alarm struck heavy fire through the roof of the building. The fifth alarm was struck at 4:37 pm.


Deputy Chief Willy Williams says light smoke was reported in the four-story building at 4800 Walnut Street at 2:35 p.m. Monday. He says the response had reached a third alarm about an hour later and a fourth alarm was declared at 4 p.m.

Williams says the fire had spread to the roof area, and fire crew were attacking the flames from the outside.

But he says crews have gone through the building getting residents to safety, and there are no reports of injuries.

Firegeezer has more on Sunday’s fire

Now to Sunday’s fire on Warren Street. Here’s the PhillyFireNews.com write-up:

Engine 16 was dispatched for an alarm system. Engine-16 arrived on scene with fire in the basement of a three story school, 50×75, an placed all hands in service. D/C-1 reported heavy fire extending through out the building. Requested the second alarm struck and third alarms struck. All companies went in service with heaviest water lines. Fire extended to an exposure in the rear. Fourth Alarm struck. The fifth alarm was eventually struck by command.  

And more on the Warren Street fire from Philly.com:

A five-alarm fire that raged for more than an hour and a half early Sunday caused “substantial” damage to the 400-student Global Leadership Academy in West Philadelphia, Deputy Fire Chief Michael Wahl reported.

The cause of the fire, which started in the basement of the three-story building at 5151 Warren St., near 52d Street and Lancaster Avenue, is under investigation, Wahl said.

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