Frankford man killed in blaze

Frank­ford res­id­ents are mourn­ing the death of the well-known own­er of a loc­al auto sales busi­ness after fire ripped through his neigh­bor­hood home.

The blaze was re­por­ted at 8:18 a.m. at 5323 Frank­ford Ave., just north of Bridge Street, and was de­clared un­der con­trol at 8:47 a.m., ac­cord­ing to Ex­ec­ut­ive Chief Richard Dav­is­on, a Phil­adelphia Fire De­part­ment spokes­man.

Res­cuers pulled the vic­tim from the two-story brick build­ing and took him to Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al, where he died a short time later.

Wil­li­ams de­clined to name the vic­tim, but news re­ports iden­ti­fied him as John Blitch­ford, 84, own­er of Jack’s Auto Sales next door to the fire scene. Blitch­ford lived with an­oth­er eld­erly man, who es­caped the blaze and was hos­pit­al­ized in stable con­di­tion with un­dis­closed in­jur­ies.

Fire of­fi­cials con­tin­ue to in­vest­ig­ate the cause of the blaze. ••

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