Fire Then Ice: Philly Apartment Fire Sends Dozens Out Into Cold

Fire at Morris Manor Apartments leaves icy mess and dozens of residents seeking shelter from the cold.

What to Know

  • Four people are hurt in an apartment fire in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood overnight.
  • Ice and extreme cold caused more problems for people who escaped the Morris Manor Apartments blaze.
  • The American Red Cross set up a temporary shelter for about 35 residents.

A fast-moving fire at an apartment building in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood left four people hurt and sent residents fleeing into the bitter cold.

The fire in the six-story Morris Manor Apartments along Morris Street near West Stafford Street broke out around 11:30 p.m. Monday. Firefighters soon arrived and saw flames shooting out of a third-story unit.

The building's fire alarm system alerted many residents, who were able to safely escape. But four people suffered injuries that firefighters described as minor and were being treated at a hospital.

Trees surrounding the building and cars parked on the street were covered in ice after firefighters doused the building with water. Temperatures at the time were around 10 degrees.

The fire left many residents temporarily homeless. SEPTA buses were called in to keep people warm. The American Red Cross set up a temporary shelter at Central High School to help about 35 residents displaced by the blaze.

The cause remains under investigation.

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