Chinatown Fire Sends
PHILADELPHIA — Chinatown Fire Sends Thick Smoke Over Philly. The fire broke out in the area of 10th and Race Streets just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, forcing several residents to quickly evacuate.
A fire tore through at least one building in Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood early Tuesday sending thick smoke over Center City for hours.
Philadelphia firefighters said the fire started just before 2 a.m. Tuesday in a building with an orange awning along 10th Street near Reese Avenue and Reese Street.
Derek Bomer, a Philadelphia fire captain, said firefighters from a nearby fire station were on site within seconds.
At one point, there was so much smoke that it was hard to see on the street, reports Wakisha Bailey of CBS 3.
“We call this ocean and bottom,” said Captain Derek Bomer. “This is an external attack, that’s what we call it.
Emphasis on the necessity of alarm systems, and home security
So we have huge stream devices that you just put water on, what you don’t see is in the back, we do the same things. So we just took it. We’ll keep putting water on it.”
Firefighters said people were evacuated from at least five housing units, but no injuries were reported.
Bomer said the fire spread to two alarms as firefighters withdrew due to the partial collapse and fear of further collapse.
Flames could still be seen after five in the morning, and fire alarms could be heard coming from nearby homes as smoke rose from the blaze.
People set on fire fled their homes without shoes and at least one wearing a robe.
Firefighters said the fire was finally considered at about 6:15 a.m. But smoke continued to rise from the structure.
Traffic problems are expected in Al Asher and Al Erg areas.