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Still No Cause Released in Deadly Warehouse Fire

Fire commissioner says the investigation continues as videos of the blaze surface online



    Still No Cause Released in Deadly Warehouse Fire
    YouTube video shows the blaze just as authorities were arriving on the scene.

    More than a week after a deadly warehouse blaze that killed two firefighters in the Kensington section of Philadelphia the investigation into what caused the blaze continues.

    Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said Thursday that the cause of the blaze that left Lt. Robert Neary and firefighter Daniel Sweeney dead and firefighters Francis Cheney and Pat Nally injured is still under investigation and that the department has yet to determine a cause.

    Ayers tells NBC10 that once a cause of the fire is determined that the Fire Marshal's Office will be the first to release it.

    The commissioner added that the fire department doesn't have any surveillance video from the neighborhood from the moments leading up to or the start of the fire.

    But plenty of video exists of the actual fire including some YouTube videos. One video shows the early moments of the blaze before even firefighters arrived on the scene. (WARNING: The video contains graphic language)

    Right around the 2-minute mark in the video posted last week by “Scratchistan” a large flash and loud boom can be seen and heard coming from the fire at 1817 York Street.

    Videos such as those posted to YouTube as well as eyewitness testimonies could help in the investigation as to what caused the abandoned warehouse to go up in flames but right now authorities aren't saying what factors are going into their investigations.

    Hundreds Honor Philadelphia's Bravest

    [PHI] Hundreds Honor Philadelphia's Bravest
    The community prepares to say goodbye to two of Philadelphia's bravest. Lieutenant Neary and Firefighter Sweeney, both from Ladder 10, were killed Monday in a massive warehouse fire in Kensington, when the wall from an adjacent building collapsed, trapping them. Two other firefighters were also hurt. Private viewings will be held for Lieutenant Neary and Firefighter Sweeney on Saturday, funeral services will follow.
    (Published Friday, April 13, 2012)

    Mayor Michael Nutter called for a full investigation and District Attorney Seth Williams has called for a grand jury to look into the deadly blaze.

    Ayers also says the ATF is looking into the blaze.


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