Fire Rips Through Row of Garages

By Yoni Greenbaum
|  Saturday, Oct 19, 2013  |  Updated 10:43 AM EDT
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Fire Rips Through Row of Garages

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A fire ripped through 20 garages on Weymouth Street in the Kensington section of Philadelphia Saturday morning.

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Fire officials are looking into the cause of a blaze that ripped through a set of Kensington garages Saturday morning.

According to officials, the fire started around 6:30 am in a garage on Weymouth Street in Philadelphia, before spreading quickly to 20 connecting garages.

"Stunned, just stunned," Frank Leone, owner of the garages told NBC10's Daralene Jones.

According to Leone while the garages who only to be used for storing cars and small household goods, neighbors believe someone may have been living or working in one of the units.

Firefighters worked quickly to get the fire under control and used saw to cut through the metal doors. The row of garages sits in the middle of a residential neighborhood and there is row of homes right next door.

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"Our dog was going crazy," said Anthony Robinson, a nearby neighbor. "I looked back and all the garages were on fire and I heard an explosion, too."

The fire marshal couldn't immediately determine where the fire started for what caused it. But as officials work to identify the cause, Leone, who owns other storage units throughout the city, said he would focus on a quick cleanup so that he's not cited by the city -- fortunately he has insurance.

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