Flames tore through a Northeast Philadelphia home early Tuesday morning leaving four people hurt, two seriously.
The fire in the single-family home began around 5:30 a.m. along Ryers Avenue, near Shelmire Avenue, on the edge of the city’s Burholme and Fox Chase neighborhoods.
Four people ranging from 16 to 82 years old were inside the home at the time. Two of them escaped on their own, while two others had to be rescued by firefighters, fire officials said.
Two of the injured people, an 82-year-old woman and 21-year-old man, were taken to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital and then airlifted in critical condition to Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia with serious injuries, fire officials and police said.
A 26-year-old man and 16-year-old girl were taken by medics to Jefferson Torresdale in stable condition, police said.
Neighbors reported seeing at least one injured person being taken from the scene on a stretcher.
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The fire was placed under control at 6:22 a.m., the fire department said. The fire marshal is searching for a cause of the blaze.
Neighbors told NBC10 that an older woman has lived in the home for decades.