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The Philadelphia Fire Department says seven children are among at least 13 dead after a house fire erupted in the Fairmount section of the city on Wednesday morning.
A fire official said the number of fatalities is “dynamic,” indicating the number of those killed could change as the recovery continues.
“Without a doubt one of the most tragic days in our city’s history,” Mayor Jim Kenney said at a news conference.
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At least 13 people are dead, and two others injured after a fire engulfs a house in #Philadelphia, police say.
🔸4 smoke detectors not working In Philadelphia Housing Authority home, per FOX29 Philly
🔸 7 children among the dead.pic.twitter.com/8nTIDntd2e
— The Modern Times of Long Beach 🌎 (@ModernTimesLB) January 5, 2022
#BREAKING – Horrific scene outside a fatal rowhouse fire in the 800 block of N. 23rd St in the Fairmount section. Police and Fire are waiting to make a formal announcement in terms of fatalities. @6abc pic.twitter.com/NECEO6aM92
— Dan Patrick (@6abcDan) January 5, 2022