04/09/12 197 W, 1 I - + 8 - 3 The Aftermath in Philadelphia

Here's an aerial view of the aftermath in Philadelphia, where two firefighters were killed this morning at a five-alarm fire involving an abandoned factory and other buildings. The photo comes from WPVI-TV. There are probably better or wider shots coming, maybe in tomorrow's news. There's been ample coverage from both Philly outlets and fire news sites, such as PhillyFireNews.com and Statter911.com. Stories, photos, videos, fireground audio, etc.

Lt. Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney, from Ladder 10, died after a wall collapse in a furniture store adjacent to the original fire building. Lt. Neary, 60, was a 38-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department. Firefighter Sweeney, 25, was a second-generation Philadelphia firefighter, and joined the department in July 2006. The collapse also seriously injured two others: Firefighter Pat Nally and Firefighter Francis Chaney.

As this FOX 29 story notes, the deaths are the first fatalities on duty since 2006. In January of that year, Firefighter Tracy Champion suffered a heart attack at a fire in West Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Fire Department has lost 288 career members (organized 1870) and 75 volunteer firefighters (organized 1736) in its 265-year history. (Check my numbers for accuracy, please.) Click to slightly enlarge:

WPVI-TV photo

Here’s a graphic showing the buildings involved in the collapse, http://media.philly.com/images/20120410_... As found posted on the FireNews.net Facebook page.
Legeros - 04/10/12 - 19:06

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