Firefighters Continue To Fight 3-Alarm Fire At West Philadelphia Church

By | August 31, 2019


GUTTED BY FLAMES, 20 FAMILIES, BURNED OUT OF THEIR HOME. IN WEST PHILADELPHIA, THIS MASSIVE THREE ALARM FIRE, CONTINUES TO BURN, HISTORIC CHURCH, IS ENGULFED, AND FIRE, AND THICK BLACK SHOCK 100 FIRE FIGHTERS HAVE BEEN BATTLING THE BLAZE FOR THREE HOURS NOW. IT IS HEART BREAKING SITUATION FOR THAT NEIGHBORHOOD IN DOUBT TONIGHT. GOOD EVENING, I’M UKEE WASHINGTON. I’M JESSICA KARTALIJA. WE HAVE LIVE TEAM THREE COVERAGE ON THE CHURCH FIRE AND WE WILL BEGIN WITH “EYEWITNESS NEWS” REPORTER KIMBERLY DAVIS, KIM? REPORTER: UKEE AND JESSICA THIS IS STILL A VERY ACTIVE FIRE FIGHT IN THE BLAZE, IT IS NOT, UNDER CONTROL, FIRE FIGHTERS, CONTINUE TO BATTLE THIS THREE ALARM FIRE. LET’S SHOW YOU A LIVE LOOK FROM ABOVE THE SKY, CHOPPER THREE ABOVE THE SCENE RIGHT NOW, SHOWING YOU THE FIRE FIGHT THIS FIRE BROKE OUT JUST BEFORE 3:00 THIS AFTERNOON AND CREW IS STILL HAVE IN THE BEEN ABLE TO ENTER, GREAT ARE BIBLE WAY TEMPLE, YET OR GET THE BLAZE UNDER CONTROL. THE FIRE COMMISSIONER TELLS US THAT FIRE FIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO RESPOND TO THE BLAZE THREE MINUTES AFTER THE CALL WENT OUT, AND THEY TELL US THAT THE CHURCH’S IN THE A TOTAL LOOKS AND THEY ARE WORKING TO SAVE WHAT THEY CAN, THE ROOF HAS ALREADY COLLAPSED AND FIRE OFFICIALS ARE CONCERNED THAT THE REST OF THE BUILDING WILL ALSO COLLAPSE. WE’RE KEPT AT A DISTANCE. THEY ARE TELLING US ABOUT A BLOCK AROUND THE CHURCH IS CONSIDERED A COLLAPSE ZONE. FIRE COMMISSIONER TELLS US THAT THIS FIRE FIGHT IS FAR FROM OVER. LETS TAKE A LISTEN. WE HAVE OUR FIRE MARSHALS HERE. THEY ARE DOING INTERVIEWS. THAT IS WHAT THEY DO. THEY ARE DOING INTERVIEWS WITH OUR OWN FIRE FIGHTERS WHAT DID THEY SEE WHEN THEY GOT THERE AND THEY WILL INTERVIEW RESIDENT AND NEIGHBORS TO FIND OUT, AS MUCH AS WE CAN. WE WILL BE HERE THE ENTIRE NIGHT DEALING WITH THIS ACTIVE FIRE FIGHT. ULTIMATELY EXTINGUISHING THIS FIRE. OUR FIRE MARSHALS ARE THERE AND WE WILL HAVE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS. BUT RIGHT NEW AGAIN WE ARE DOING WHAT WE DO. ONE PERSON WAS RUSH TO THE HOSPITAL, IT IS UNCLEAR IF THAT PERSON WAS INSIDE OF THE CHURCH OR SOMEONE NEARBY. COUNCIL WOMAN BLACKWELL TELLS US THAT WORKERS WERE ON THE ROOF WHEN THE FLAMES, BROKE OUT, SHE SPOKE WITH THE PASTOR AND SAID THAT HE IS COMPLETELY DEVASTATED. THE PASTOR IS DEVASTATED ABOUT THIS. HE WAS JUST VERY SADDENED AND, YOU KNOW, FOR THEM TO BE DOING WORK ON THE ROOF AND TO HAVE THIS HAPPEN. IT IS JUST A TRAVESTY. THIS HE WERE TRYING TO MOVE FOR FOR NEW HOUSING FOR SENIORS AND THIS KIND OF TAKES YOU BACK. REPORTER: NOW AGAIN, FIRE FIGHTERS, TELL US THIS THIS BUILDING IS NOT STRUCTURALLY SOUND AND THEY ARE TREATING IT AS IF IT WILL COLLAPSE, IN ANY MOMENT. WE ARE LEARNING NEW INFORMATION, I’M BEING TOLD THAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY LIVED INSIDE OF THAT CHURCH. IT IS UNCLEAR JUST HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVED INSIDE OF THAT CHURCH. WE’RE WORKING ON CONFIRMING THAT FUR WITH CHURCH LEADERSHIP, ONCE WE FIND OUT, WE WILL LET YOU KNOW, ON ERAS WELL AS ON LINE. WE ARE LIVE FROM WEST

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