Sun., July 6, 2014 3:45am (EDT)

Philadelphia Row House Fire Kills 4 Children
By Scott Neuman
Updated: 2 weeks ago

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic holds the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in their women's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic holds the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in their women's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon.
A fire that swept through a stretch of Philadelphia row houses early today has killed four children in what the city's fire commissioner has described as a "tragic, tragic day."

The Associated Press reports that the fast-moving fire, which started just before 3 a.m. ET, consumed a row of two-story homes in a southwest Philadelphia neighborhood dominated by African immigrants, engulfing about 10 residences.

NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports that a shelter has been set up at a nearby high school to accommodate about 40 residents who were forced to flee the three-alarm fire.

Philadelphia Fire Department Commissioner Derrick Sawyer says that investigators are working to find out the cause.

"This is a tragic, tragic day for the city of Philadelphia," Sawyer said. "We lost four children today. And I want everyone to understand that fire is everyone's fight, not just the fire department. It's everyone's fight."


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