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.
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.