On Sunday Night, At 6 PM, the "B" Platoon of the Philadelphia Fire Department just reported for their 14 hour shift, but in the next 10 minutes, more than 135 firefighters using 35 pieces of equipment would be responding to a spectacular 5 -Alarm blaze that erupted in a vacant 4 story factory in the city's Fishtown section. At around 1810 hours a box alarm was struck for Thompson St & Palmer st, fire reported in a building in the 400 block of Moyer St. Arriving firefighters hampered by frigid temperatures,and strong winds found a fast moving fire, in a vacant factory that was the site of a former EPA Superfund cleanup site. Another problem that faced the first responders, was that this factory was situated on a very narrow street, with multiple dwellings across the street, and also in the rear. Along with small streets around the building, the below zero wind chill temperatures, created an icy condition for firefighters battling this blaze. The Second Alarm was struck at 1823, the The 3rd at 1830, the 4th Alarm at 1846, and the Fifth Alarm at 1911. It took firefighters nearly 2 hours to bring it under control, which was announced by Car-1 at 2005. As of this writing the Fire Department is investigating a report that children were seen playing near the factory when the fire started. There were no reported injuries to residents or firefighters during this blaze.

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Greg Masi
Phila.Second Alarmers