Massive Fire Rips Through SW Philly Homes, Killing 4 Children

Horrific Tragedy in Southwest Philly: Fire Commissioner

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    Philadelphia Fire Department Commissioner Derrick Sawyer speaks at the press conference following the fire that ripped through 8 southwest Philly rowhomes and killed four children Saturday morning.

    Philadelphia Fire Department Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said his crews fought their hardest despite the quick-moving blaze that killed four small children.

    The fire broke out Saturday morning in Southwest Philadelphia on the 6500 block of Gesner Street. The fire destroyed 8 rowhomes and displaced more than 40 people along with taking the lives of the four kids -- 4-year-old twin sisters Maria Bowah and Marialla Bowah, 1-month-old Taj Jacque and 4-year-old Patrick Sanyeah.

    Sawyer spoke at a press conference on the scene following the fire along with Mayor Michael Nutter. Sawyer called the fire a "horrific tragedy on the street" and said that "hearts are heavy." 

    Watch the video above to hear all that he had to say.