Firefighters extinguish four blazes in the Northeast

Phil­adelphia fire­fight­ers put out three fires in the North­east on Sunday and doused an­oth­er on Nov. 22.

A wo­man suffered smoke in­hal­a­tion and some cuts on an arm but oth­er­wise es­caped a fire in a single-fam­ily home on the 8100 block of Castor Ave. Sunday morn­ing.

Fire­fight­ers were dis­patched to the house about 9:30 a.m., said Fire De­part­ment Capt. Jef­frey Thompson, and re­por­ted heavy smoke in the second-floor rear bed­room. The fire, which began in an elec­tric­al ap­pli­ance, was un­der con­trol at 9:43 a.m., Thompson said.

Dave Schrader, a spokes­man for the South­east­ern Pennsylvania chapter of the Amer­ic­an Red Cross, said an adult and three chil­dren were provided with meals and money for cloth­ing.

No fire­fight­ers were in­jured at the Castor Av­en­ue house, but earli­er Sunday, one did get a minor in­jury while ex­tin­guish­ing a blaze on the 4600 block of Penn St. De­tails were not avail­able but the in­jury wasn’t ser­i­ous, ac­cord­ing to Thompson, who said the oc­cu­pants, a man and a girl, were treated for smoke in­hal­a­tion.

The cap­tain said fire­fight­ers were dis­patched to a first-floor fire in a three-story house at 5:01 a.m. and found smoke on the first floor when they ar­rived. The fire, whose cause re­mains un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion, was un­der con­trol by 5:21 a.m., he said.

Schrader said rep­res­ent­at­ives of the Red Cross had not met with Penn Street res­id­ents as of Monday af­ter­noon.

No one was hurt in a Sunday-night fire on the 400 block of Van Kirk St., Thompson said.

He said fire­fight­ers answered a call about a stove fire at 11:11 p.m. and had it un­der con­trol by 11:23 p.m. The cause of that fire is un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion.

Six adults were re­ferred to tem­por­ary hous­ing at the Red Cross House, 40th Street and Pow­elton Av­en­ue, Schrader said. They also were provided with some fin­an­cial as­sist­ance, he said

Fire­fight­ers quickly ex­tin­guished a base­ment fire in a home on the 5200 Ak­ron St. on Nov. 22.

None of the home’s oc­cu­pants or fire­fight­ers were in­jured, said Thompson.

A fam­ily of four was dis­placed by the fire and giv­en aid by the Red Cross, said Sara Smith, an agency spokes­wo­man. The fam­ily’s one adult and three chil­dren found shel­ter with friends or re­l­at­ives, Smith said, adding the Red Cross provided fin­an­cial as­sist­ance for food and cloth­ing as well as coun­sel­ing.

Thompson said fire­fight­ers were dis­patched at 9:24 a.m. Nov. 22, and had the fire un­der con­trol by 9:36 a.m. The fire ori­gin­ated in the home’s elec­tric­al meter, the cap­tain said. ••

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