Fire Officials Give Update Following Massive Fire At West Philadelphia Auto Body Shop

Fire Officials Give Update Following Massive Fire At West Philadelphia Auto Body Shop


BREAKING NOW AT NOON HUGE FLAMES ERUPT INTERESTING AUTO BODY SHOP IN THE COBBS CREEK SECTION OF PHILADELPHIA, DANGEROUS SITUATION UNFOLDING AS THE WALLS OF THE STRUCTURE CRUMBLE DOWN. “EYEWITNESS NEWS” REPORTER CHANTEE LANS, IS LIVE ON THAT SCENE FOR THUS NOON, SO, CHANTEE, WHAT’S THE LATEST HERE? WELL, I CAN TELL YOU THE FIRE COMMISSIONER JUST WALK UP ON SCENE HERE, JUST GOING TO TAKE A LISTEN FOR THE LATEST ON THE INVESTIGATION. DISPATCHED TODAY AT 1006 A.M. AND ARRIVED ABOUT FOUR MINUTES LATER TO ADVANCE FIRE IN THE AUTO GARAGE THAT YOU SEE HINE ME. THE FIRE WENT TO THREE ALARMS, AND WE ARE STILL FIGHTING THE FIRE, CLEARLY. WE’RE PROBABLY STILL 30, 40 MINUTES FROM PUTTING THIS FIRE UNDER CONTROL. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF STRUCTURAL CHANCES OUT INTO THE STREET, ONTO ADJACENT BUILDINGS, SO WE’RE BEING VERY CAUTIOUS WITH THIS, OF COURSE, OUR COMPANY’S MADE AGGRESSIVE INTERIOR ATTACK AS THEY DO QUICKLY RECOGNIZE THE CONDITIONS WE’RE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, BACKED OUT, AND STARTED TO WORK ON WHAT WE CALL DEFENSIVE FIRE ATTACK, WHAT YOU SEE BEHIND ME, WITH ALL OF THE MASTER STREAMS AND OTHER DEVICE THAT IS WE HAVE GOING. AGAIN, THREE ALARM FIRES BRINGS ABOUT 51 HATERUS EQUIPMENT, 120 FIREFIGHTERS, ALL OF THE PARTNERS ARE HERE, PGW, L & I, SECOND ALARM ERS, SALVATION ARMY, POLICE DEPARTMENT, ARSON TASK FORCE HERE AS WELL IT, DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING BESIDES THEY ALWAYS WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. SO THAT’S A NORMAL THING. WHAT IT DOES MEAN, HOW MUCH, IS THEIR INVESTIGATION HAS ALREADY STARTED AGAIN THAT’S WHAT WE DO, WE DON’T HAVE ANY ANSWER ANSWERS TO THAT YET, STILL ACTIVE FIRE FIGHT. WE WILL BE HERE MOST OF THE AFTERNOON. COMMISSIONER ANY VEHICLES IN THAT BUILDING? WE DON’T KNOW, WE HAVEN’T GOTTEN INSIDE THE BUILDING YET DO YOU HAVE ANY REASON TO BELIEVE IT WAS ANYONE INSIDE? ANYBODY IN INSIDE? MUCH TOO SOON TO TELL. STILL ACTIVE FIRE FIGHT WE WILL BE HERE FOR — IN TERMS OF THE PEOPLE THERE, DID THEY INDICATE WE’RE ALL OUT FOR CHARLIE OR WHATEVER? AS FAR AS WE KNOW WE DON’T BELIEVE THERE IS ANYBODY INSIDE. EVERYBODY GOT OUT? AS FAR AS WE KNOW RIGHT NOW EVERYBODY IS OUT. THIS IS AUTO BODY SHOP? AUTO GARAGE WHAT WE UNDERSTAND. NO ACTUAL FIRE EXTENSION TO ADJACENT HOMES BUT PART OF THE WALLS DID COLLAPSE ONTO ADJACENT DWELLING. THERE IS ALSO WALL OF THE BUILDING OUT INTO THE STREET. ALL THE WAY, I GUESS IT IS MANNING STREET. SO THIS, AGAIN, A LOT OF STRUCTURAL CHANCES HERE, VERY DANGEROUS OPERATION, AND INCREDIBLE JOB BY THE FIREFIGHTERS STAYING OUT OF THE COLLAPSE ZONE, STILL MANAGING TO PACK GREAT PROGRESS ON THE FIRE, AS YOU CAN SEE, WE’VE DONE A LOT WITH THE FIRE IN TERMS OF DARKENING DOWN, BUT AGAIN, THERE IS THIS IS STILL A LOT OF FUEL IN THERE. WE’RE BEING VERY CAUTIOUS TO THE EXPOSURE, VERY LARGE BUILDING, PROBABLY 100 BY 200 IN AREA. AGAIN, JUST AMAZING JOB. ONE OF THE ENGINES COMPANY, A LOT OF HOUSES CLOSE TO THE BUILDING. SO AS THEY DO, AGAIN, VERY DENSE CITY, THEY PUT THEMSELVES? HARMS WAY TO PROTECT THOSE EXPOSURES TO THE ADJACENT RESIDENCES, IT HAS WORK, DAY CARE EVACUATED, ADJACENT HIGH SCHOOL EVACUATED. WE EXPECT TO BRING THOSE PEOPLE BACK SHORTLY ONCE THE FIRE IS UNDER CONTROL, L & I IS HERE EVALUATING THE HOMES AND THE STRUCTURAL COLLAPSE TO SEE WHAT WE NEED TO DO WITH THAT. WHAT WAS THE TOUGHEST PART OF FIGHTING THE FIRE TODAY? NOT OVER YET. AGAIN, FORTUNATELY SO FAR WE DON’T HAVE ANY INJURIES. HOPING TO DEEP THAT WAY. AGAIN WE WILL BE HERE FOR THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON. PEOPLE LIVING AROUND? WE WILL PULL AWAY FROM THAT FOR RIGHT NOW. BUT I ACTUALLY WANT TO SHOW YOU THE BUILDING FROM THE GROUNDS VIEW. WE’RE AT THE CHOPPER RIGHT NOW LOOKING OVERHEAD. BUT I ALSO A.M. SOME POINT WANT TO SHOW YOU THE GROUNDS VIEW OF THE CREWS WORKING THE SCENE HERE AS THIS PRESS CONFERENCE HAPPENS RIGHT NOW. WE ACTUALLY SPOTTED AN OWNER LOOKED LIKE OF THE SHOP EMBRACING FAMILY MEMBERS, WE SAW FIRE CREWS KNOCKING ON DOORS OF HOMES NEXT TO THIS BUILDING JUST CHECKING ON PEOPLE. IT IS NOT CLEAR IF THEY’VE BEEN EVACUATED BUT WE KNOW NEARBY HIGH SCHOOL HAD TO BE EVACUATED.

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5 Replies to “Fire Officials Give Update Following Massive Fire At West Philadelphia Auto Body Shop”

  1. it happened right next to me. it was such a big fire. omg. the whole building was dark and smokey and i couldnt continue math class and the ambulances made soooo much noise omg

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