Man Killed, Others Injured in SW House Fire

Fire officials tell NBC10 they believe working smoke detectors could have prevented the tragedy.

By Kelly Bayliss
|  Monday, Feb 25, 2013  |  Updated 5:35 AM EDT
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Man Killed, Others Injured in SW House Fire

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Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that killed one man and injured two others in Southwest Philadelphia overnight.

The fire broke out at the home on the 1200 block of S. 46th Street around midnight  and was out about 20 minutes later.

Fire Commisioner Lloyd Ayers told NBC10 that firefighters found a man in his 30s dead in a second floor bedroom. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Everything is melted down on the second floor, it was impossible to survive in that environment," Ayers said.

A second man was able to escape the flames by jumping from the roof to a neighbor's deck. The third victim made it out the back door, according to fire officials.

Ayers said that the house was in bad shape, the oil heater wasn't working and that the electrical box was a mess.

He also said that had the home had a working smoke detector, this tragedy might have been prevented.

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