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2 Children Die in Early Morning Row Home Fire

Flames tore through a row home on Myrtlewood Street in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion neighborhood early Monday, leaving two children dead

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What to Know

  • A fast-moving fire has roared through a house in Strawberry Mansion, killing two children and leaving three adults hospitalized. 
  • The blaze in the two-story home started shortly before 5 a.m. Monday and was brought under control within minutes.
  • The names of the two children and details about the injuries suffered by the adults were not immediately available.

Two children died as flames tore through a row home in Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion neighborhood Monday morning.

Firefighters responded to the home on North Myrtlewood Street near West Cumberland Street just before 5 a.m. to find heavy smoke billowing from the two-story row home, the Philadelphia Fire Department said.

It took about 20 minutes to bring the flames under control, but it was too late for the two children, firefighters said. Investigators didn't reveal the ages of the children.

Three adults were hurt in the fire and taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. One of the injured included the mother of the children, a family member said.

“Our thoughts, prayers are with all those affected by the tragic outcome,” Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel tweeted.

Around 60 firefighters, medics and other emergency personnel responded to the deadly blaze, the fire department said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and the medical examiners office would determine how the children died.

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