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April 17, 2013
An elderly woman died Monday afternoon in a South Philadelphia house fire, according to the Fire Department. The woman's name and age weren't released.   Executive Chief Richard Davison said the Fire Department received the call at 4:10 p.m. of a residential blaze on the 2100 block of Pierce Street in the Point Breeze neighborhood.   Firefighters encountered heavy fire on the first floor and found the woman deceased inside, Davison said. No other occupants were home at the time of the fire and the fire was contained to that one household.
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
IT WASN'T long ago that Philadelphia fire Capt. Michael Goodwin - a popular veteran with nearly three decades in the department - took the test for a promotion to battalion chief. Now, Goodwin will receive his promotion posthumously - after he died Saturday evening fighting a three-alarm blaze in Queen Village - the third firefighter killed in the line of duty in the past 12 months. Goodwin, 53, a 29-year veteran described by neighbors as a dedicated family man, was killed after a third-floor roof collapsed beneath him as he battled a fire in a fabric store at the corner of 4th and Fitzwater streets Saturday.
NEWS
March 11, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
After helping to build and rehabilitate homes in Kentucky during spring break, 37 La Salle University students began a traditional hike up Pine Mountain to a place called High Rock about 1 p.m. Thursday. What should have been a fun excursion turned into a frightening ordeal when they got lost as darkness fell. The students and three university staffers endured subfreezing temperatures until they were rescued by authorities early Friday. The hikers were taken to a local hospital to be treated for hypothermia and dehydration, and one was kept for observation, said La Salle spokesman Jon Caroulis.
NEWS
January 31, 2013 | By Karie Simmons, Inquirer Staff Writer
Family, friends, and colleagues packed into Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania Wednesday to watch graduating classes of the Philadelphia Fire Academy take their oath of office. It was the first new class of fire recruits in five years in Philadelphia. Mayor Nutter congratulated the 181 fire and paramedic cadets as the first classes to pass through a CrossFit strength and conditioning program as well. "So this will also be the fittest class so far in the Philadelphia Fire Department," Nutter said.
NEWS
January 28, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - Flames raced through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing more than 230 people as panicked partygoers gasped for breath in the smoke-filled air, stampeding toward a single exit partially blocked by those already dead. It appeared to be the world's deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade. Witnesses said that a flare or firework lit by band members started the blaze in Santa Maria, a university city of about 225,000 people, though officials said that the cause was still under investigation.
NEWS
January 28, 2013 | By Juliana Barbassa and Marco Sibaja, Associated Press
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil - Flames raced through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing more than 230 people as panicked partygoers gasped for breath in the smoke-filled air, stampeding toward a single exit partially blocked by those already dead. It appeared to be the world's deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade. Witnesses said a flare or firework lit by band members started the blaze in Santa Maria, a university city of about 225,000 people, though officials said the cause was still under investigation.
NEWS
January 11, 2013
I HAVE LIVED and worked in Philadelphia all my life. I have paid taxes on my home for over 55 years. The only things I have asked for in all that time have been trash removal, safe streets and police and fire protection. Now Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers tells us that updating our EMS system would be "a long, arduous process, a costly process. " Stop telling us why things can't be done - just get them done! And while we're talking about the Fire Department, Mayor Nutter, give the firemen their raises.
NEWS
January 11, 2013
EVEN GOOD news can't be simple in this city. For example, last week's announcement that civilian fire deaths in the city have reached the lowest number in recorded history - 25 in 2012 - is nothing but loose topsoil covering a rat's nest of complicated issues besetting the Fire Department. Many of these issues are illustrative of the evolution of a department in which changing trends - like more fire-resistant buildings and better prevention education - has led to far fewer structural fires, but medical emergencies, which the department also handles, have risen, and the city, Fire Department management and the workforce have not stayed on pace with these trends.
NEWS
January 4, 2013 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
ALTHOUGH HOMICIDES in Philadelphia spiked in 2012, fire deaths fell to their lowest level in at least 70 years, the Fire Department announced Wednesday, with a year-end total of 25. Mayor Nutter applauded the department's community-risk-reduction and fire-safety-outreach efforts and the leadership of Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Despite cutbacks, the department "has demonstrated the ability to do more with less," Nutter said. Ayers said that there's still work to be done and that the goal is zero fatalities.
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