Firefighter dead after building collapse in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, P.A. (NBC) – A firefighter is dead and five others are injured after a building collapse in Philadelphia.
This happened Saturday morning in the Fairhill neighborhood. Firefighters responded to a call of a three-story pizza shop that caught fire around 2 a.m.
They say the flames were put out and crews were looking at the damage when the building collapsed. Five firefighters and an inspector were inside at the time.
One of them, a 27-year department veteran, died in the collapse. Crews are still investigating the cause of the fire.
"Unfortunately, this collapse happened very quickly and in a way that made it difficult for us to rescue everybody, despite the best efforts of our members and believe me, our folks never give up," Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said.
Two firefighters are still in the hospital in critical but stable condition. The other three were treated and released.