Two children, man perish in fires


A fire in a Ta­cony store­front claimed the lives of two chil­dren and in­jured a wo­man crit­ic­ally early Tues­day.

The Phil­adelphia Fire De­part­ment has not re­leased the iden­tit­ies or ages of the vic­tims. A teen­age girl and a boy were pro­nounced dead at the scene, said Ex­ec­ut­ive Chief Richard Dav­is­on.

The adult fe­male was taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale for treat­ment of un­dis­closed in­jur­ies.

The blaze broke out at about 4:44 a.m. at 6812 Tor­res­dale Ave., a two-story, middle-of-the-block store­front just north of Knorr Street. The Fresh & Sharp Uni­sex Hair Salon oc­cu­pies the first floor, with an apart­ment on the second floor.

When fire­fight­ers ar­rived, they saw heavy smoke on both floors, Dav­is­on said. They de­clared the flames un­der con­trol at 5:37 a.m.

Fire Com­mis­sion­er Lloyd Ay­ers re­portedly told news me­dia at the scene that re­spond­ing fire­fight­ers ini­tially were told that nobody was in­side the burn­ing prop­erty. Minutes later, however, they learned that the apart­ment was oc­cu­pied and launched a search.

The spe­cif­ic causes of death were not im­me­di­ately avail­able from the city med­ic­al ex­am­iner’s of­fice.

The cause and point of ori­gin of the fire re­main un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion, Dav­is­on said.

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A man who was badly burned in a Jan. 3 fire in a Welsh Road apart­ment died of his in­jur­ies the fol­low­ing day.

Dav­is­on said the man, whom he wouldn’t identi­fy, was in­jured in an early-even­ing cook­ing fire at 2630 Welsh Road.

Dav­is­on said two wo­men also were hos­pit­al­ized.  He said the man’s cause of death was not re­leased. ••


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