Smoking cited as cause of fatal fire in Wissinoming

Care­less smoking was the cause of an apart­ment build­ing fire that claimed the life of a Wissi­nom­ing man on Nov. 8, ac­cord­ing to the Phil­adelphia Fire De­part­ment.

The blaze began shortly be­fore 4:30 p.m. at 5010 Comly St. Fire­fight­ers who re­spon­ded to the scene ob­served heavy smoke bil­low­ing from the first and second floors of the three-story twin and learned that people were in­side.

Fire­fight­ers re­portedly res­cued a 3-year-old boy from the build­ing and de­clared the flames un­der con­trol with­in sev­er­al minutes. But a 53-year-old man was un­able to es­cape. Para­med­ics pro­nounced him dead at the scene. 

His iden­tity has not been re­leased.

The Amer­ic­an Red Cross of South­east­ern Pennsylvania as­sisted two fam­il­ies total­ing six people who were dis­placed by the dis­aster. ••

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