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One injured after big fire rips through Philadelphia warehouse

One firefighter was injured, but a condition report wasn't immediately available

August 24, 2020  The Canadian Press

PHILADELPHIA — Several hundred firefighters battled a massive fire at a large warehouse in north Philadelphia on Aug. 23, and one firefighter was reported injured.

Officials said the fire broke out at about 2 a.m. on Aug. 23 in the structure in the Nicetown/Tioga neighbourhood. Images from the scene showed flames shooting into the sky with large plumes of smoke wafting above.

Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel told reporters that about 300 fire and emergency personnel and 60 vehicles were called on to battle the blaze, which he said could have taken out the entire block without their efforts. Temple University’s nearby administration building was undamaged, officials said.

One firefighter was injured, but a condition report wasn’t immediately available.

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Thiel said the blaze was brought under control shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 23, but fire crews will likely be on the scene for several days mopping up and extinguishing hot spots.


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