Philadelphia

Fire Claims Life in Brewerytown

Philadelphia's fire commissioner said a woman was found dead inside a burning home that had no smoke detectors.

Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer didn't immediately release the name of the woman who perished in the blaze Wednesday morning in the city's Brewerytown neighborhood, but neighbors said she was well-known in the neighborhood.

The fire was reported about 6:50 a.m. when a reverend spotted fire in a home along the 2600 block of West Thompson Street and called 9-1-1. The fire was under control about 15 minutes later, according to Sawyer.

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Sawyer said there was one smoke detector in the home's basement, but that it wasn't working.

This was the 7th fire fatality in Philadelphia this year.

Crews were trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

No other homes were damaged by the fire.

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