Apartment Fire Forces Residents Out Into the Cold

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Reporter Christine Maddela reports from the scene of a fire that broke out at a halfway house along North Broad Street. Two people were injured (Published Monday, Mar 24, 2014)

    Two people were hurt and more than 100 people were forced out into the cold Monday morning after a fire inside a North Philadelphia apartment building.

    The blaze broke out inside the Station House along North Broad Street at Huntingdon Street around 4:30 a.m.

    "We had heavy smoky conditions going on in the third-floor rear of the apartment building," said Philadelphia Fire Department Battalion Chief Rodney Wright. "The fire was more or less contained to the third floor."

    Two people were hurt -- one suffered burns and was found in a stairwell while the other fell while evacuating the historic former train station now used as transitional housing facility, according to firefighters.

    Fire alarms startled dozens of people, who grabbed what they could before being forced out into the cold morning.

    Firefighters quickly got the blaze under control as residents, 106 people live in the building, sheltered in place before being moved to a nearby building in an attempt to keep everyone warm.

    SEPTA bus lines 4 and 16 were diverted from Broad Street as three blocks of the roadway were closed for nearly two hours.

    Residents returned to their homes around 6:30 a.m.

    The cause of the blaze and the extent of damaged weren’t immediately clear.