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Story and Photos by Ted Aurig


On Sunday November 28th, 2010 at 2:46 p.m. a building fire was dispatched on the 1100 block of O'Neil St. in Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. 


Engine 29 arrived and reported heavy fire conditions in a 1 story vacant warehouse.  2&2 (2-in, 2-out) were placed in service. 


Command arrived and reported a 100x140 vacant warehouse with heavy fire conditions, placing all hands in service and requesting the 2nd alarm be struck.   


Companies set up for defensive operations as the occupied exposure apartments were evacuated.  Command sounded the 3rd alarm.

Companies secured water supplies and surrounded the building with Ladder Pipes and hand lines. 

One civilian was transported to an area hospital after being injured evacuating the apartment.  A total of 28 pieces of apparatus and 100 firefighters were called to battle the blaze.  12 exposures were evacuated during the fire.


The fire was brought under control at 1 hour and 15 minutes after dispatch.  Companies remained on location well into the night. 


A neighbor reported she saw smoke from the building and called 911.  She stated the fire department was on location within minutes. 


The building was set for demo for the following week and was planned to be turned into town home apartments. 


The American Red Cross assisted the displaced residents from the exposures.   No firefighter injuries were reported on the fire ground.









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