Fallen Philly Firefighter Daniel Sweeney
NBC10 Philadelphia - Deanna Durante
Lt. Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney were killed in a five-alarm fire at a factory in Kensington Monday. Firefighters went to Ladder 10 to pay respects to their fallen brothers. NBC10's Doug Shimell reports the tragic story.
The identities of the firefighters who died fighting a factory fire this morning in Kensington, have been posted on the firehouse's Facebook page:
"He answered that call again and again, above and beyond service," Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison said.
Firefighter Daniel Sweeney had been with Ladder 10 for nearly six years. His father is a retired Captain with the department. "This was a man who had a very, very bright future," Commissioner Ayers said. Sweeney also had commendations for rescuing an elderly woman who was trapped inside a burning building and for rescuing several occupants from another burning building.
Two other firefighters from the same firehouse were injured in the collapse. Patrick Nally was in intensive care, but in stable condition. Frances Cheney was treated and released from the hospital and home with his family by the early afternoon.
"We lost some real good heroes today," said Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison.
The fire at 1817 York Street started around 3:30 a.m. It went to five alarms by 3:40 a.m.
City officials said there have been pending investigations on the property for about two years and that the city was "engaged with this particular building and this was a matter that was pending court action," according to Gillison.
Commissioner Ayers asked the community to pray for the victims' families and thanked everyone for their emotional support.
"We come together as a band of brothers and sisters," Ayers said. "We're getting a lot of support, just as we give service to our citizens, they're serving us right now."