Fire raging in Kingsessing

Posted: July 05, 2012

Updated 3 a.m.:

A three-alarm fire was burning early Wednesday in the Kingsessing section of Southwest Philadelphia.

The fire began a little after 11 p.m. in a garage on the 5200 block of Pentridge Street, 6ABC reported. A second alarm was quickly called, and a third alarm was declared about 11:30.

At least six families, 23 people in all, were being helped by the American Red Cross, which said that more families were affected but had not sought assistance from the Red Cross yet.

The Red Cross was setting up a reception center at 5400 Warrington Ave., a few blocks from the fire scene, to aid residents forced from their homes.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.   

- Inquirer staff

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