Battling Fire and Ice at Apartment Blaze

Dozens of residents were forced out of their homes and into the icy early Monday morning air as flames tore through the Overbrook Garden apartments in West Philadelphia. It took firefighters about five and a half hours to bring the flames under control. Two firefighters were hurt battling the blaze.

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Flames broke out early Monday morning at the Overbrook Gardens apartments at at North 63rd and Jefferson streets.
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The fire quickly went to five alarms, Philadelphia's largest response.
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The building was evacuated due to collapse fears.
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Firefighters battled the flames from outside.
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Flames tore through units for hours while evacuated residents were moved to a shelter at Barry Elementary School.
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The area around the fire was shutdown and power was shut off to some customers to prevent an electrical spark.
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The fire caused SEPTA to detour its Route 10 trolley.
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SEPTA buses were brought in to keep people warm.
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Daylight revealed the gutted building.
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Smoke from the fire engulfed several blocks in the Overbrook neighborhood.
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Smoke could be seen for miles around.
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It took about five and half hours to get the fire under control.
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Ice covered wires as smoke continued to billow from the burned out building.
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A closer look at the icy mess.
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Salt trucks were called in to treat the icy streets.
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Firefighters continued to douse the smoky debris into midday.
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