West Philly Fire Kills Elderly Resident

Neighbors say the man lived in the row home where the fire started.

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    Fire crews said they tried to save the man who lived in the home where the blaze broke out, but with the smoke and fire, they couldn't make it to the victim in time. (Published Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013)

    A man is dead after a fire ripped through his home in West Philadelphia, according to neighbors.

    Witnesses tell NBC10's Jesse Gary that the blaze broke out around 2:15 a.m. in a home on the 4900 block of Brown Street, they say that the elderly man that lived in that home.

    Fire officials confirm that they couldn't get to the victim in time to save him and that his home had no working fire alarms.

    "We had reports from a neighbor that they could hear him fumbling around, screaming, they tried to assist him, but they couldn't get in, couldn't get past the smoke, the fire," Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said.

    One other resident suffered minor injures and at least three other homes were damaged by smoke from the blaze.

    "I know we got a lot of smoke damage, but I'm grateful that me and my grandson didn't get hurt, so we'll be alright," fire victim Victoria Dawkins tells NBC10.

    Displaced victims are being cared for by the Red Cross.