Philly firefighter critically injured, two others hurt in rowhouse fire collapse

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Philadelphia firefighters were reportedly injured while battling a North Philadelphia rowhouse fire Saturday morning.

The blaze on the 2200 block of North Colorado Street, near 17th Street and Susquehanna Avenue, was reported at 8:51 a.m. and was put under control at 10:48 a.m., a Fire Department dispatcher said. It grew to two alarms.

NBC10 had reported that a firefighter died when a portion of the rowhouse reportedly collapsed, trapping him and another firefighter inside. But shortly before noon, the TV news station in an updated article changed its story and reported that three firefighters were injured. The article removed the prior mention of a death.

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Three Philadelphia firefighters were hurt Saturday battling a rowhouse fire in North Philadelphia when a portion of the home reportedly collapsed, trapping them inside, a department official said.

The firefighters were pulled from blaze. They were reportedly trapped sometime around 10 a.m.

One of the firefighters could be seen being pulled from the blaze on a gurney under a blanket. His condition was not immediately known, but when other firefighters carrying him slipped and fell, the gurney dropped. The injured firefighter could then be seen moving his arms.

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Authorities say one firefighter was critically injured when the interior of the home collapsed.

“There was an interior collapse of the original fire building,” said Deputy Fire Commissioner Jessie Wilson, “and the companies from our special operations unit and from Battalion 8 and 3 were able to enter the building and extricate the firefighter that we transported to Temple Hospital.”

Wilson says two other firefighters also were injured and taken to the hospital in “less critical” condition.

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Crews arrived to the scene along the 2200 block of North Colorado Street around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Upon arrival, they found heavy fire and smoke showing from a row home.

There is no word on the conditions of the injured firefighters or the injured civilian at this time.

NOTE: Despite an earlier confirmation by fire officials about the death of a firefighter, there are now conflicting reports from officials on the scene. Action News is working to clarify those reports.

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