Firefighters battle massive 3-alarm apartment fire in North Philadelphia


♪ >>MONDAY NIGHT, JIM’S OFF. I’M BRIAN TAFF. THE BIG STORY ON “ACTION NEWS” IS BREAKING NEWS. A RAGING FIRE AT AN APARTMENT BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN NORTH PHILADELPHIA. CHOPPER 6 HAS BEEN OVER THE BLAZE FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR AS BRIGHT ORANGE FLAMES ERUPTED FROM THE ROOF THERE. THIS, A LIVE LOOK AT THE SCENE NOW AT 11:00. THE WALLS ARE STANDING, FLAMES BURNING AND THE INSIDE IS GUTTED. CHRISTIE ILETO IS ON WEST OXFORD STREET. WHAT IS THE SITUATION ON THE GROUND RIGHT NOW?>>BRIAN, IT’S A THREE ALARM FIRE. MINUTES AGO WE SAW PART OF THE ROOF OR PART OF THE SIDE ON THE FRONT COME CRASHING DOWN ON TO THE CATWALK. YOU HEARD EVERYONE OUT HERE SCREAMING IN HORROR. FIREFIGHTERS ARE FOCUSED ON THE ROOF OF THE BUILDING AT 16TH AND OXFORD WHERE YOU SEE HEAVY FLAMES AND SMOKE BILLOWING FROM THE TOP. THIS IS THE FOUR STORY VACANT BUILDING ENGULFED FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF HOURS. THE DEPUTY FIRE COMMISSIONER SAYS THE FIRE HAS BEEN CONTAINED TO THIS BUILDING ALONE. THAT IS BY NO MEANS UNDER CONTROL AT THIS HOUR.>>BECAUSE WE HAD TO ATTACK IT FROM THE ROOF AREA, WE HAD TO SURROUND AND DROWN BUT NOT LOOK AT WHAT WE WERE DOING. WE WERE DOING IT FROM AN UNENVIABLE POSITION.>>I THOUGHT IT WAS MY BUILDING ON FIRE. COMING TO FIND OUT IT’S THE VACANT ONE ACROSS THE STREET THEY WERE REMODELING. THE OFFICER TOLD ME, FIND SOMEWHERE TO SLEEP TONIGHT BECAUSE THEY EVACUATED THE WHOLE BLOCK.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE IMPACTED IN THIS GENERAL VICINITY. TEMPLE STUDENTS EVACUATED HAVE BEEN TOLD TO GO TO CAMPUS SAFETY. RESIDENTS ARE BEING HELPED BY SALVATION ARMY. PECO HAS CUT ELECTRICITY SO FIREFIGHTERS CAN SPRAY THE HOSE ON TO THE BUILDING WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT TENSION WIRES. IT APPEARS THEY HAVE A LONG NIGH

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