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May 13, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The neighbors who live on Kensington Avenue smelled smoke and saw the flames pouring from the apartments above the hair-braiding salon Monday morning. They ran down the street. They called to their friends. Above them, Matthew Pote, 31, clung to a second-floor windowsill. His neighbors could glimpse him and his family through the smoke that swirled from the windows. Someone stretched a ladder up toward him, but, neighbors said, he lost his grip and plummeted to the sidewalk. His limp body was lying there when firefighters arrived.
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January 5, 1989 | By William Tuthill, Special to The Inquirer
An apparent arson fire broke out shortly after lunch-time Tuesday in the Radnor High School auditorium, destroying the stage curtain and forcing evacuation of more than 900 students and adults, officials said. The high school's fire alarm system was being serviced and was not working at the time, according to Radnor Superintendent John DeFlaminis. School officials alerted the Radnor Fire Co. by telephone at 1:05 p.m. The evacuation was ordered over the school's public address system.
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January 27, 1989 | By Cynthia Burton, Daily News Staff Writer
In the aftermath of an apartment fire in which two Asians were critically injured, inspectors from the Department of Licenses and Inspections plan to inspect all similar buildings in the West Philadelphia neighborhood today. The cause of the blaze Wednesday at a four-story apartment building on Chestnut Street between 47th and 48th was still under investigation, said Fire Department spokesman Lt. Jack Christmas. Yom Chim, 49, remained in critical condition at St. Agnes Medical Center last night.
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February 4, 1989 | By Cynthia Burton, Daily News Staff Writer
The city's Department of Licenses and Inspections closed down the Mayfair House apartment building because the agency needed to repair its image, soiled by a stinging grand jury report, the building's owner charged yesterday. L&I shut down the 15-story Germantown building Jan. 19 because there was no water above the fifth floor and its fire alarm system wasn't working. That night, the city's Office of Services to Homeless and Adults relocated 60 families to temporary or permanent homes.
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October 13, 1988 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
The Swarthmore Borough Council has unanimously approved a plan to divide a 16,262-square-foot lot in two to permit construction of a single-family house on Drexel Avenue. Kobi Muhlenberg sought permission to divide his property at 338 Park Ave. into two lots. One of the lots would front on Drexel Avenue. The council approved the subdivision plan, 7-0, during its business meeting Tuesday. "There is an existing house and a garage," said borough manager Richard Hunt.
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January 25, 1999 | by Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
Tenants fleeing their burning Chestnut Hill apartment building searched the darkness in vain for their elderly neighbor - a woman who walked with a cane. But it wasn't until the three-alarm fire was extinguished early Saturday morning that firemen combing the ruins of the building, in the Chestnut Hill Village Apartments complex, found the woman's charred body. The fire marshal's office said she was in her 80s, but did not immediately identify her. Another woman, 71, suffered smoke inhalation and was in satisfactory condition at Chestnut Hill Hospital.
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March 15, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Residents of a 54-unit East Oak Lane condominium building were bracing Thursday night for an eviction that could come as early as Friday afternoon. The city has posted a cease-and-desist order at the Oak Lane Garden condominiums, 6751 N. 13th St., citing life-threatening safety violations throughout the common areas, including no working fire alarm system, broken sewer pipes, blocked exits, exposed wiring, and other faults. Rebecca Swanson, spokeswoman for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, said that although the structure is not imminently dangerous, the lack of safety systems places occupants at risk.
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November 16, 1986 | By Matt Freeman, Special to The Inquirer
The Octorara school board has begun a public review of plans for building repairs and reconstruction that are part of a proposed $4.3 million bond issue. Repairs to the fire alarms, heat-distribution system and well-water pipes in the district's Route 41 school building complex "absolutely have to be done," Octorara superintendent Richard P. McAdams said at the board's work session Monday night. A public hearing to consider proposed construction of a $1.26 million library and arts complex is scheduled for the high school at 8 p.m. tomorrow.
NEWS
March 30, 1994 | by Kathy Sheehan, Daily News Staff Writer
Municipal Judge Morton Krase, a self-confessed boxing fan, doesn't like to throw any quick punches, so he went to the Blue Horizon Club to see for himself if the legendary fight arena was breaking any laws. Philadelphia's storied boxing venue has been in technical violation of the city's fire code since 1991. When the case landed in Krase's court last week, the judge decided to have a look for himself. So yesterday, for only the second time in his 10 years on the bench, Krase held court outside his regular courtroom, taking a "judicial view" of the Blue Horizon on Broad Street near Thompson.
BUSINESS
March 15, 1995 | By Julie Stoiber, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Another settlement has been reached in the One Meridian Plaza fire, this one between the high-rise's owner and the company that installed and maintained the building's fire alarm system. E/R Associates, which owns One Meridian, alleged that Honeywell Inc. failed to properly test and inspect the alarm system, causing a 4 1/2-minute delay in the fire department's being summoned when the blaze broke out at 8:23 p.m. on Feb. 23, 1991. Three firefighters died. "That was a critical period," said Miles Jellinek, one of the lawyers representing the building's owner.
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May 13, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The neighbors who live on Kensington Avenue smelled smoke and saw the flames pouring from the apartments above the hair-braiding salon Monday morning. They ran down the street. They called to their friends. Above them, Matthew Pote, 31, clung to a second-floor windowsill. His neighbors could glimpse him and his family through the smoke that swirled from the windows. Someone stretched a ladder up toward him, but, neighbors said, he lost his grip and plummeted to the sidewalk. His limp body was lying there when firefighters arrived.
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March 15, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Residents of a 54-unit East Oak Lane condominium building were bracing Thursday night for an eviction that could come as early as Friday afternoon. The city has posted a cease-and-desist order at the Oak Lane Garden condominiums, 6751 N. 13th St., citing life-threatening safety violations throughout the common areas, including no working fire alarm system, broken sewer pipes, blocked exits, exposed wiring, and other faults. Rebecca Swanson, spokeswoman for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, said that although the structure is not imminently dangerous, the lack of safety systems places occupants at risk.
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August 31, 2009 | By Matthew Spolar INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A popular Center City Belgian restaurant was closed indefinitely yesterday after a man died and a woman was critically injured when they fell four stories from a fire escape. Code enforcement officials evacuated the building at 264 S. 16th St. and shuttered Monk's Cafe until the building owner corrects structural problems. Police said Steven Lee, 25, and an unidentified female friend were leaning on a metal railing in the masonry fire tower attached to the back of the building when the railing gave way about 3 a.m. Lee, who lived in an apartment in the building, was pronounced dead at the scene.
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June 24, 2008 | By Nick Pipitone and Joseph A. Gambardello INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Operators of the Lindley Court Apartments in the Logan section were ordered yesterday to meet with city officials this morning at the 80-unit complex to draw up repair plans that will allow residents to return to their apartments. Tenants were forced to leave the building at 13th Street and Lindley Avenue on Saturday because the plumbing and fire-alarm systems had stopped working. Andrew Ross of the city Law Department said the 200 residents could return as early as today if the plumbing was repaired, sewage was removed from the basement, and the alarm system was fixed or a fire watch initiated in the interim.
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September 1, 2004 | By Dwight Ott INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Frank Fulbrook is an improbable philanthropist. A man critics call a fossilized hippie from the '60s, the ponytailed self-styled activist and government watchdog yesterday played Camden's fairy godfather again. Fulbrook ceremoniously handed over a $11,217 check to Grace Lutheran Church at Fourth and State Streets in North Camden to help rekindle its after-school program. It was the 11th such check he had given to community groups - raising the total to more than $129,000 - since his nonprofit seed-and-feed organization, Camden Neighborhood Revitalization Corp.
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December 2, 1999 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The city Department of Licenses and Inspections shut down an unlicensed boarding house in Port Richmond yesterday owned by the same people who ran a similar house consumed by a fire Tuesday that killed three men. The unlicensed house was among at least four properties currently or previously owned by Jack and Lillian Leftwich that L&I attempted to inspect yesterday in connection with the early-morning fatal fire at 3029 Richmond St. That fire...
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January 25, 1999 | by Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
Tenants fleeing their burning Chestnut Hill apartment building searched the darkness in vain for their elderly neighbor - a woman who walked with a cane. But it wasn't until the three-alarm fire was extinguished early Saturday morning that firemen combing the ruins of the building, in the Chestnut Hill Village Apartments complex, found the woman's charred body. The fire marshal's office said she was in her 80s, but did not immediately identify her. Another woman, 71, suffered smoke inhalation and was in satisfactory condition at Chestnut Hill Hospital.
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August 31, 1998 | by April Adamson, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Gloria Campisi contributed to this report
Sofas, chairs, toys and bags of food lined the sidewalk. The smell of charred wood lingered in the air. Near the curb at 49th and Pine streets, residents loaded the last of their possessions into cars. Some sat crying, knowing they had nowhere to go, nowhere for their children to sleep. Among them, in a crisp white dress and rain hat, stood Mabel Douglas, who turned 101 yesterday. Surrounded by family, choked up as she gazed at the window of her fire-ravaged West Philly apartment, the frail, woman thanked the Lord for her good fortune - that she lived to celebrate this milestone birthday.
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January 3, 1998 | by Don Russell and Yvonne Latty, Daily News Staff Writers The Associated Press contributed to this report
Adriane McKoy landed on her feet when she leaped from her burning East Mount Airy apartment on New Year's Day, but it'll take some time until she's up and running again. The four-alarm blaze at the Gorgas Court Apartments - confirmed yesterday as arson - left McKoy and more than 40 others homeless. "I'll have to start all over again," said McKoy, 26. Gone are her clothes, keys, kitchen dishes, important papers and a cherished photograph of herself as a 5-year-old, standing next to her mom. "Everything that I ever owned was in that apartment," McKoy said.
NEWS
January 2, 1998 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
Stunned and suddenly homeless residents of the Gorgas Court Apartments in Mount Airy say vandals often set off the building's fire alarm system as an annoying prank. But yesterday was the real thing. One person was critically injured and 30 others, including 13 cops, incurred minor injuries during a New Year's Day blaze that wrecked the four-story, 48-unit apartment building on Gorgas Lane near Germantown Avenue. More than 40 people were rescued by fast-acting police and firefighters, officials said.
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