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Smoky Fire Burns Next to SEPTA’s Market-Frankford El

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A fire burned through properties next to SEPTA’s Market-Frankford elevated line and went badly damaged several properties Friday afternoon.

The fire started in one building at Frankford Avenue and Orthodox Street in the Frankford neighborhood just before 1 p.m. and spread to neighboring properties. A neighborhood pharmacy was among the businesses and apartments damaged.

More than 90 minutes later, firefighters continued to pour water onto the flames as thick smoke rose from the scene. The fire was eventually put out. The smoke could be seen miles away.

A firefighter went to the hospital with heat exhaustion, officials said.

SEPTA halted Market-Frankford service, shuttle busing passengers between Erie-Torresdale Station and the Frankford Transportation Center

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