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Ladder-10 Officer and Firefighter Killed During Collapse
Philadelphia (CNN) -- Two Philadelphia firefighters
died early Monday and three others were injured when the wall of a
building collapsed as they battled a five-alarm fire, officials said.
The collapse occurred about 5:50 a.m. as the five were inside a
furniture store, said Deputy Fire Commissioner Ernest Hargett Jr.
Four of the firefighters were trapped inside, he said, but the fifth was
able to get free. Firefighters were forced to move brick and timber by
hand and cut through some materials to rescue the others, Hargett said.
The initial report of the blaze came in at 3:13 a.m., Hargett said.
Command requested four additional alarms as the flames
burned out of control for two hours and embers set surrounding buildings
The firefighters who died were 60 and 25 years old and assigned to Kensington's Ladder-10, Fire Commissioner
Lloyd Ayers said. "We have a veteran firefighter and we have a new
firefighter," he told reporters. The firefighters' names will be
released later Monday, officials said.
The last time multiple Philadelphia firefighters died in the line of
duty was 2004, Ayers said, and the last firefighter death was in 2006. The cause of the fire was under investigation Monday, Ayers said.