Residents Flee as Flames Tear Through Home - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Residents Flee as Flames Tear Through Home



    An overnight fire in South Philadelphia forced residents to leave their homes. (Published Friday, April 25, 2014)

    Fire forced families from their South Philadelphia homes early this morning.

    The flames broke out around 3 a.m. inside a row home along the 300 block of W Porter Street.

    As firefighters battled heavy flames in the home in the middle of the block, first responders evacuated residents from three homes to the left and right of the burning home.

    Luckily no one was hurt.

    "There are no victims, no injuries to civilians or firefighters," said Philadelphia Fire Battalion Chief Robert Clark.

    Clark said there was heavy smoke pouring from the home when he pulled up and that teamwork helped firefighters quickly contain the blaze.

    Residents told NBC10 that the quick action of fire crews prevented the flames from jumping to those neighboring homes.

    "I heard a guy screaming out in the street," said Chris Morales who lives two doors down from the fire. "I peak my head out the window and I see smoke coming from two doors down -- coming out the window -- so I call 911."

    Morales grabbed his fiance and fled out to the street.

    The cause of the blaze remained under investigation Friday morning.