Philadelphia house fire claims life of 2 children, 1 woman

PHILADELPHIA – A Sunday morning fire at a Philadelphia home claimed the lives of three people, including two children.

Fire crews were called around 4:30 pm for the city where the witnesses said they saw flames shooting from a window and heard people screaming.

Fire commissioner Adam Thiel said a child was rescued and taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where the youngster was pronounced dead. Thiel said that the bodies of a woman and the other children were later found on the third floor.

Officials did not immediately release their names, but said the woman was 52 and the children were 9 and 7.

The cause of the fire has failed the examination.

Thiel said that it is still too early to know whether fire alarms were in the house.

“An incredibly tough morning for our fire department, ambulance and the community in North Philly,” Thiel said in a Twitter message, followed by “Heartbroken at the tragic outcome and our thoughts/prayers are with the family.”

Approximately 30 vehicles and 100 employees were called to the scene.

The American Red Cross provided emergency shelter, food and clothing for three adults and advice for relatives of the victims, the organization said in a statement.

A week earlier, three people died and another was injured in another early morning fire in a Philadelphia home.

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