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September 29, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
NUMEROUS Philly firefighters were in the unusual position yesterday of having to douse furious flames at their own building. An ambulance inexplicably caught fire inside the headquarters for Ladder 2, at 4th and Arch streets, shortly after 11:30 a.m., filling the Old City firehouse with a blanket of black smoke. "It's not something that you see often," said Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Two medics called for help after trying unsuccessfully to put out the fire, which appeared to have started in the engine, with an extinguisher, Ayers said.
NEWS
September 29, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The Philadelphia Fire Department was forced Friday to temporarily close a firehouse that serves the historic district around Independence Hall because a fire that started in a medic truck has damaged the brick structure. At 11:36 a.m., two emergency medical technicians reported a fire in their truck, parked in the garage of the firehouse at 101-15 N. Fourth St. Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said other firehouses in Center City responded to the blaze, which was contained by 11:49 a.m. "Everyone is safe," he said.
NEWS
August 11, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THERE'S NO shortage of folks who want to profess their love for South Philly's historic Engine 46 firehouse. But the number of business owners who want to breathe new life into the 119-year-old property - and save it from an undignified death at the hands of a wrecking ball - is underwhelming. As in, uh, zero . "Despite people's desires and efforts, we haven't had a single valid identifiable offer," said Jim Moylan, the president of the Pennsport Civic Association. "Most of the [suggestions]
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The New York-based owner of the Engine 46 firehouse in South Philadelphia said Wednesday that he would consider sparing the 19th-century landmark from demolition if a tenant can be found, according to City Councilman Mark Squilla. The offer came from Bruce Schanzer of Cedar Realty Trust during a meeting with Squilla and James E. Moylan, president of the Pennsport Civic Association. Along with city preservationists, the men have been working since June to save the gabled redbrick structure next to I-95 on Reed Street.
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Volunteer firefighters in Burlington County who lost their century-old headquarters five years ago are regaining a different piece of the past. The 1941 Ford truck that Franklin Fire Co. No. 1 sold in the 1970s and brought back home to Mansfield Township last year - after buying it on eBay - is being restored. The venerable apparatus will be used in parades and for educating kids about fire safety. "We were surprised it was still around," company president Doug Burgstrom says.
NEWS
July 17, 2013 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Alarmed by a demolition notice posted on a distinctive 19th- century firehouse in South Philadelphia, City Councilman Mark Squilla and Pennsport Civic Association representatives have arranged to meet with the owner in the hope of saving the building. Very little is known about the company's plans for the quirky, gabled Engine 46 building on Reed Street, wedged between I-95 and the Riverview Plaza movie theater complex. Cedar Realty Trust, the developer that owns both the firehouse and theater complex, has refused to respond to inquiries from city officials or reporters.
NEWS
July 14, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THAT WASN'T so hard, now was it? Cedar-Riverview LP, which owns South Philly's endangered Engine 46 firehouse, agreed yesterday to discuss the building's fate with local officials after the Daily News reported that residents and politicians were fed up with being left in the dark by the New York-based company. A demolition notice was tacked onto the vacant firehouse, at Reed and Water streets, earlier this week, indicating the 119-year-old property would be torn down on or after July 30. City Councilman Mark Squilla said he finally received a phone call from Bruce Schanzer, the president of Cedar Realty Trust, Cedar-Riverview's parent company.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE MYSTERY over the fate of South Philly's empty Engine 46 firehouse has finally been solved. Well, kinda-sorta. Pennsport Civic Association president Jim Moylan snapped a photo earlier this week of a demolition notice that had been tacked onto the 119-year-old building, at Reed and Water streets, in the shadow of the I-95 overpass. The notice indicates that the firehouse will be torn down on or after July 30. But trying to find out why the beloved red-brick building will be reduced to rubble - or what sort of development will take its place - continues to be a maddening task for Moylan, nearby residents, preservationists and even City Councilman Mark Squilla.
NEWS
July 8, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
DOES ENGINE 46, the empty, eye-catching firehouse that lords over a chunk of South Philly, have a date with a wrecking ball? That's been the buzz around Pennsport since reports first surfaced in the spring that a demolition permit had been tacked to a window of the 119-year-old building, which sits at Reed and Water streets. The news website PlanPhilly reported last month that Cedar Realty Trust, the New York-based company that owns the firehouse and the nearby Riverview movie theater, had indeed filed for a demolition permit in January and February.
NEWS
June 19, 2013 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Engine 46, a distinctive and familiar 19th-century firehouse that survived the construction of I-95 through South Philadelphia's Pennsport neighborhood and the subsequent deindustrialization of the Delaware waterfront, is now in danger of demolition by a New York real estate developer. Members of the Pennsport Civic Association say they learned last week that the company, Cedar-Riverview, had just renewed an existing demolition permit for the old firehouse on Reed Street, along with an adjacent one-story commercial building on Columbus Boulevard.
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