Basement Fire Forces Residents Out of Apartments

By Dan Stamm
|  Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014  |  Updated 11:45 AM EDT
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Basement Fire Forces Residents Out of Apartments

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A fire tore through a basement this morning forcing two dozen residents to evacuate their apartments.

The blaze broke out in the basement of a three-story building at 1818-1820 Spring Garden Street in the city’s Spring Garden neighborhood shortly after 8 a.m.

No one was hurt, according to Philadelphia firefighters.

Firefighters battled back flames but the blaze wasn’t immediately under control because it affected a gas main and a PECO transformer so Philadelphia Gas Works crews and PECO crews were also called to the scene, according to the fire department.

It took crews until almost 10:50 a.m. to bring the blaze fully under control.

In total 24 residents were displaced, according to firefighters.

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It isn’t clear if icy weather that knocked out power around the region played a role in this blaze. The exact cause of the fire is pending an investigation, according to firefighters.

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