Video showing least 5 handlines, multiple elevated streams, and interview with Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel.
Philadelphia firefighters responded just after 2:00 a.m. Monday to a fire at an apartment building at the northwest corner of 63rd Street and Jefferson Street. The fire was eventually elevated to a 5th Alarm.
Cold weather is a challenge for the extra alarm fire in the large apartment building. The morning low in Philadelphia was about 26°F from 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and at least 50 residents were displaced by the extra alarm fire. People were also evacuated from adjacent structures
Parts of the main fire building eventually started to collapse, and then the entire roof collapsed.
Overbrook neighborhood includes housing ranging from large, old homes to rowhouses to 3- and 4-story apartment buildings.
Still battling this 5-alarm fire near 63rd & Jefferson. Please avoid the area. Updates to come. pic.twitter.com/EC0WhmnqNb
— Philadelphia Fire (@PhillyFireDept) December 10, 2018
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