Fire Rips Through Historic Church In West Philadelphia

By | September 1, 2019


GAS MAIN BREAK HAS 202 BLOCK OFF IN WHITPAIN TOWNSHIP. JANELLE, BACK TO YOU. RESIDENTS OF THE WEST PHILADELPHIA NEIGHBORHOOD ARE HEART BROKEN THIS MORNING AFTER A FIRE RIPPED THROUGH A HISTORIC CHURCH. FIRE FIGHTERS REMAIN ON THAT SCENE THIS MORNING WATCHING FOR FLARE-UPS. “EYEWITNESS NEWS” REPORTER DAN KOOB IS LIVE OUTSIDE THAT CHURCH IN PARK SIDE FOR US THIS MORNING WITH THE VERY LATEST, GOOD MORNING, DAN. REPORTER: GOOD MORNING, JAN AND JANELLE. THAT FIRE STARTED 3:00 A.M. YESTERDAY AS SMOKE FILLED THE SKIES HERE IN WEST PHILADELPHIA THE FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION AT THIS HER BUT FIRE COMMISSIONER ADAM TIEHL DID TELL US IT TOOK ABOUT 75 FIRE FIGHTERS BEFORE THEY WERE ABLE TO CAROL THIS THING AROUND 10:30 LAST NIGHT. WE ARE HOPING TO HAVE AN UPDATE AT SOME POINT THIS MORNING. WE SAW A MAN ON ONE OF THE ROOFTOPS LAST NIGHT, CELL PHONE VIDEO, FROM AN ONLOOKERS, WHAT APPEARED TO BE A PROPANE TORCH ON A LOWER LEVEL ROOF, HELPED OFF THE ROOF BYPASS FOR BENJAMIN PATERSON. NEARLY DISASTERS TRUST SITUATION THERE ADJACENT BUILDING WAS CONVERTED INTO APARTMENTS. THOSE HAD TO BE EVACUATED. REPORTEDLY 23 RESIDENTS NOW DISPLACED, THIS CHURCH HAS BEEN A STAPEL IN WEST FAIL SINCE 1904 AND SERVED THE COMMUNITY FOR OVER 100 YEARS. WE WILL BE HERE THE ENTIRE NIGHT, DEALING WITH THIS ACTIVE FIRE FIGHT, ULTIMATELY EXTINGUISHING THIS FIRE. OUR FIRE MARSHALS ARE HERE AND EVENTUALLY WE WILL HAVE ANSWERS TO SOME OF THESE QUESTIONS BUT RIGHT NOW WE’RE DOING WHAT WE DO. IT IS A BIG, BIG STAPEL. WE DID LOTS IN THE COMMUNITY AND EVERYTHING. THEY HAVE FOOD DRIVES AND EVERYTHING. THEY DO A LOT. THEY DO A LOT. BISHOP PATERSON OF THE GREATER BIBLE WAY TEMPLE WAS VERY SHAKEN UP. HE SPOKE TO MANY CONTACT YAS AS THE FIRE WAS GOING ON BUT DID HE SAY HE IS THANKFUL NOBODY WAS KILL. ONE PERSON WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL. WE ARE LIVE IN WEST

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