A 5-YEAR-OLD boy was killed, another child injured and their mother was in critical condition after flames tore through the family's apartment in a West Philadelphia high-rise public-housing building Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said that firefighters were alerted to the blaze at the West Park Apartments, on Busti Street near Holden, by Philadelphia Housing Authority employees at 1:28 p.m. When they arrived minutes later, they reported heavy smoke coming from the 19-story, 180-unit building and called for assistance.
Inside, firefighters found the children's mother, whose sixth-floor apartment was on fire, Ayers said. She and another resident were able to save one child, whose age and sex weren't immediately available. Firefighters found a 5-year-old still alive under a bed in the apartment.