Firefighters Beat Back Trash Chute Fire at Philadelphia High-Rise

Smoke could be seen rising from a North Philadelphia high-rise Wednesday morning.

Firefighters could be seen on the roof of the Apartments @ 1220 along North Broad Street near West Stiles Street just before 11 a.m. A fire broke out in the trash chute of the 15-story building around 10:45 a.m., the Philadelphia Fire Department said.

There was some smoke appearing to come from a chimney at the top of the building before firefighters arrived on the roof.

No one was hurt as firefighters got the blaze under control by 11:21 a.m.

Fire trucks blocked North Broad Street as firefighters responded. Some people in the apartments and businesses evacuated the building while others sheltered in place, firefighters said.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

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