Three people were caught on video running away from an explosive fire at a corner store and apartment building in Philadelphia’s Frankford neighborhood, Monday morning.
The fire started at a two-story building on Frankford Avenue and Unity Street around 3 a.m. Responding firefighters placed the flames under control. A nearby SEPTA station was not impacted and no injuries were reported.
A neighbor said they saw someone throw an object at the building moments before the fire. Investigators have not yet confirmed this however.
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Gloria Maldonado told NBC10 she heard banging, jumped out of bed and looked out the window, spotting three people.
"There was a third guy down there and that's when he threw gasoline inside the store," Maldonado said. "And then I closed the window, grabbed my dog and went and woke up my husband and told him that we need to get out because it's a fire."
Surveillance video obtained by NBC10 shows three people running toward the building and then fleeing moments later as it explodes. It's unclear from the video however whether any of those three people threw an object at the building before the fire started.
Nine people were displaced by the fire. The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.