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27 year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department killed in building collapse

Philadelphia firefighter dies in building collapse that left five others trapped

  • In the early hours of Saturday, firefighters from the Philadelphia Fire Department responded to a fire at a commercial building in the Fairhill . neighborhood
  • The fire was brought under control within 15 minutes and a family inside escaped without injury
  • But while officials were inspecting the damage, the building collapsed while five firefighters and a building inspector were still inside.
  • Officials say they initially rescued four people but worked hours to find and rescue the remaining two after they lost contact
  • But a firefighter, an unidentified 27-year veteran with the department, died in the collapse

A Philadelphia firefighter was killed when a fire collapsed a building, leaving five others trapped in the rubble.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, firefighters from the Philadelphia Fire Department responded to a fire at a commercial building in the Fairhill neighborhood.

The fire was brought under control within 15 minutes and a family escaped without injury.

But 90 minutes later, while officials were inspecting the damage, the building collapsed while five firefighters and a building inspector were still inside.

Officials say they initially rescued four people but worked hours to find and rescue the remaining two after they lost contact

Officials say they initially rescued four people but worked hours to find and rescue the remaining two after they lost contact

In the early hours of Saturday, firefighters from the Philadelphia Fire Department responded to a fire at a commercial building in the Fairhill . neighborhood

In the early hours of Saturday, firefighters from the Philadelphia Fire Department responded to a fire at a commercial building in the Fairhill . neighborhood

1st Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy described it as a 'lean-to/pancake collapse' where some of the collapsed material fell flat on a surface, while other material was allowed to lean against a wall, creating space.

1st Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy described it as a ‘lean-to/pancake collapse’ where some of the collapsed material fell flat on a surface, while other material was allowed to lean against a wall, creating space.

1st Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy described it as a ‘lean-to/pancake collapse’ where some of the collapsed material fell flat on a surface, while other material was allowed to lean against a wall, creating space.

“There were a lot of empty spaces,” Murphy said CNN

Officials say they initially rescued four people, but worked hours to find and rescue the remaining two after they lost contact.

1st Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy described it as a 'lean-to/pancake collapse' where some of the collapsed material fell flat on a surface, while other material was allowed to lean against a wall, creating space.

1st Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy described it as a ‘lean-to/pancake collapse’ where some of the collapsed material fell flat on a surface, while other material was allowed to lean against a wall, creating space.

Eventually four of the firefighters and the city ​​permits and inspectors were rescued and sent to a local hospital.

But one firefighter, an unidentified 27-year veteran with the department, died in the collapse.

“It’s a sad day for the Philadelphia Fire Department,” Murphy said. “Unfortunately, our department lost a member who bravely fought a fire and ended up in a building collapse.”

On Saturday morning, the licensing officer was released and the four firefighters remained hospitalized in stable condition, Commissioner Murphy said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but is not considered suspicious.

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