Northeast Times

Officials probe pair of Frankford fires

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No one was in­jured in a two-alarm fire Sunday on the 4400 block of Paul St. in Frank­ford. However, part of 4444 Paul St. col­lapsed in­to an ad­join­ing post of­fice prop­erty, dam­aging some Postal Ser­vice vehicles, Ex­ec­ut­ive Chief Richard Dav­is­on said Monday.

The va­cant apart­ment build­ing had been the scene of an­oth­er fire about a year ago, the chief said.

He said fire­fight­ers ar­rived at the burn­ing build­ing at 11:28 a.m. Sunday. A second alarm was soun­ded. The fire was un­der con­trol at 1:28 p.m., the chief said. The cause is un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion.

Res­id­ents of nearby homes were evac­u­ated, Dav­is­on said, but the fire didn’t touch any oth­er build­ings. The Red Cross re­por­ted that it provided tem­por­ary hous­ing Sunday for 17 people who lived near the fire.

On Sat­urday night, less than one-tenth of a mile from the Paul Street blaze, an­oth­er fire dis­placed the oc­cu­pants of two homes on the 1600 block of Kin­sey St.

Fire­fight­ers ar­rived at 1675 Kin­sey St. at 6:46 p.m. and found the struc­ture ablaze, ac­cord­ing to Dav­is­on.

The fire was un­der con­trol by 7:07 p.m., he said, after it had spread to rear sheds of ad­ja­cent prop­er­ties at 1673 and 1677 Kin­sey St. Sev­er­al res­id­ents of those two ad­dresses were sheltered by the Red Cross, the chief said.

No one was in­jured and the fire’s cause is un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion, Dav­is­on said. ••

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