7-Alarm Fire Engulfs Philadelphia Warehouse

April 21, 2008
The blaze jumped streets and spread to several neighboring houses.


Firefighters battled a huge blaze in Philadelphia that jumped streets and spread to several neighboring houses, displacing more than a dozen residents.

The seven-alarm fire burned in the Juniata section of the city on the 1300 block of Adams Avenue, and caused several road closures in the immediate area.

The blaze started at about 3 a.m. Monday in a complex of mostly vacant buildings. The four buildings that suffered serious damage were vacant. Two other buildings in the complex are home to businesses, but they were not damaged, fire officials said.

It took more than 200 firefighters more than four hours to tame the blaze. Some of vacant buildings served as wool-dying mills years ago, and neighbors said some of the buildings were still used to store paper.

People living in the area were without power. Those displaced were taken to a temporary shelter at Hopkinson Elementary School on the 4600 block of L Street. Six homes on Adams Avenue suffered some fire damage, fire officials said.

Hunting Park Avenue was closed between Kensington Avenue and Castor Street, and other streets were also closed in the area.

Authorities continued to investigate the cause of the blaze.

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